COLUMBIA, Mo. — Two large cranes looming in the background of University Hospital will be used in the next phase of construction of the new seven-story patient care tower.
Tower crane one will ultimately be 200 feet tall, and tower crane two will be 160 feet tall. Both cranes will be in place for approximately 16 months and will be used to construct the patient care tower’s foundation, frame and exterior walls.
The $203 million project is expected to be completed in 2013.
“Since last summer, we have been doing site preparation and relocating underground utilities,” said Clarissa Easton, chief facilities officer for University of Missouri Health Care. “The installation of these cranes will allow the project to go vertical, so now all additional construction is above ground.”
The new patient care tower will provide additional operating rooms, pre- and post-procedure rooms, 100 percent private patient rooms and a new facility for Ellis Fischel Cancer Center.
The first and second floors will house Ellis Fischel Cancer Center outpatient services, including space for clinical services such as chemotherapy treatment, radiation therapy and cancer screening. It also will include spaces designed to give patients and visitors a comfortable healing environment, including an outdoor garden and a boutique with items such as wigs for chemotherapy patients.
The third and fourth floors will house surgical services, including six state-of-the-art operating rooms and 25 pre- and post-procedure rooms, with future expansion space for another six operating rooms and 25 pre- and post-procedure rooms. It also will include a large, comfortable new waiting area for surgical patients’ families and visitors.
The fifth, six and seventh floors will house inpatient units with 90 private patient rooms for delivery of exceptional patient- and family-centered care, comfortable visitor lounges and state-of-the-art facilities for physicians, nurses and other health care providers to treat patients.
Site preparation for the new structure began in August of 2009.