The West Tower Expansion and Renovation at the Wyoming Medical Center in Casper, Wyo., included 22,000 square feet of renovation work to the existing MRI and pharmacy and also to the tower expansion.

The most challenging aspect of this project was the demolition of the existing MRI and the staging of a temporary MRI while the hospital remained fully functional and unaffected by construction.

The four-story west patient tower expansion added a total of 38 beds, and houses the obstetrics, pediatrics, orthopedics and spine departments. Each floor is approximately 22,000 square feet, resulting in the addition of 98,000 square feet to the Wyoming Medical Center. The ground floor consists mainly of the new kitchen and server area. The second floor comprises the admitting and administration offices, the third floor contains the obstetrics unit with a full nursery and C-section room, and te pediatrics department and the orthopedic and spine departments are located on the fourth floor.

The entire structure is built as a concrete foundation on drilled piers with a structural steel frame and a masonry veneer exterior finish.

The site for the new tower required demolition of the existing 55,000-square-foot building on almost 2 acres of land. The expansion, renovation, and demolition were completed on the active medical campus while the hospital remained operational.