University of Colorado Hospital New Inpatient Tower & Expansion of Critical Care Wing

Aurora, Colorado

To meet what had become an enormous demand for its services, the University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) needed to expand the Anschutz Inpatient Pavilion.

Haselden was selected to build the second inpatient tower, which provided more patient beds, more emergency care facilities, and more jobs at the Anschutz Medical Campus.

This expansion included a new inpatient tower dedicated to inpatient and emergency care. Haselden completed the expansion on a fast-track schedule by using building information modeling (BIM) to create 3D images of the mechanical, electrical, main run, headwall, and bathroom (framing, drywall, and MEP rough-in) components, which were then prefabricated off-site. Once complete, the pieces were transported to the appropriate floors and placed permanently in the building. By creating these pieces remotely, the building time was significantly reduced.

The new, 12-story inpatient tower provides more than 720,000 SF of space, adding 144 staffed inpatient beds (and space for another 132 beds), a largely expanded emergency department, more operating rooms, additional diagnostic and treatment facilities (including expanded cardiac and vascular services), and a rooftop helipad for transporting emergency patients. The design includes the latest developments for patient care, medical equipment, clinical layouts, and a family focus.

At a glance

  • OwnerUniversity of Colorado Hospital
  • ArchitectHDR, Inc.
  • Delivery methodCM/GC
  • Project size720,000 SF
  • Construction cost$209.5 million
  • CompletedMarch 2013
  • Awards

    2013 ENR Mountain States Best Healthcare Project

    2013 AGC/CO Project of the Year for Construction Excellence

    2013 AGC/CO ACE Award – Best Building Project Over $70M