McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has completed construction of a three-story, 120,000-square-foot patient building on the campus of Mercy Hospital Jefferson in Crystal City, Missouri.
Constructed to the south of the existing hospital facility, the $73 million tower features 90 private patient rooms and is designed to accommodate a potential vertical expansion to add new patient floors in the future.
The project also involved renovating the hospital’s main entrance to improve patient and visitor access. The new main entrance features a covered canopy, full window lantern element, reflecting pond, and stone and brick façade. Inside, patients and visitors experience improved wayfinding and new corridors that efficiently connect the emergency department, imaging, surgical services and admitting areas.
An extensive interior renovation of the existing hospital building included construction of a new emergency department waiting area and triage rooms; additional cardiology facilities; and MRI suites. Construction of a new childbirth center on the third floor of the existing tower includes new labor and delivery suites, remodeled postpartum rooms and two dedicated surgical units.
Other campus enhancements include relocation of the emergency helicopter landing pad and ambulance entrance as well as a parking expansion and repaving of Emergency Drive, which loops through the hospital property.
All construction activities progressed while the 251-bed hospital continued to provide full services to patients and the community.
The construction team leveraged technology, including full building information modeling (BIM) for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) coordination, to facilitate construction efficiency and accuracy.
McCarthy served as construction manager for the expansion project. Bates Architects designed the new patient tower and Heideman Associates served as MEP engineer.