Huntsville Hospital Orthopedic & Spine Tower
Year Completed: Under Construction
Square Footage: 370,000
Project Location: Huntsville, AL
North Alabama is experiencing phenomenal growth in its population, and this growth has led to an increased need for hospital beds and clinical space at Huntsville Hospital. In addition, the number of orthopedic surgeries is increasing and as a result, the need for additional operating facilities is too. To address these issues, the Hospital enlisted a design team led by Chapman Sisson Architects to design a new, free-standing eight-story tower.
The new tower will be attached to the main hospital via a pedestrian bridge, allowing efficient travel of medical staff to move from one portion of the campus to another. The new tower when fully built out will consist of 24 additional operating rooms, three bed floors housing 72 overnight patients, and two floors of shell space for future growth. The building is designed to be sensitive to the streetscape by including retail space along Gallatin Street and a long glass-lined public lobby along Sivley Road which will look out upon heavy landscaping and seating within the sidewalk. The exterior of the building is sensitive to the existing exterior design elements on the campus such as precast concrete and curtain wall window framing, but utilizes these elements in a timeless way through the use of a curved façade with larger, more articulated expanses of glass and metal panels. A corner circulation tower at the street corner anchors the building in two directions and allows for unique lighting effects and branding.
The new patient tower is scheduled to open in Spring of 2020.