Affinity Health System ~ St. Elizabeth Bed Tower

Appleton, Wisconsin

Project Description

Affinity Health System’s new 90 bed patient tower was part of the overall site master plan. The 90 room addition puts the St. Elizabeth campus to a total of 442 patient beds. All floors feature personal rooms to provide family privacy and infection control. Each patient room has floor to ceiling exterior glass to allow as much natural light into the space as possible all while using an applied film applique to obscure the views into the rooms and maintain privacy. The patient tower also includes: reception areas, pharmacy, server and dining area, radiology, healing gardens, green roofs and an exterior healing garden displaying a large water feature.

The new tower incorporates a similar building exterior as the prior emergency department project with the use of similar curtain wall, louvered building faces and brick added in various elevations around the building. The building’s exterior design includes the basic principles of a rain screen with a continuous air and vapor barrier to meet the stringent requirements for air and vapor leakage.

Sustainable Features
Boldt’s Construction Waste Management (CWM) program was implemented on the project and monitored throughout the construction process. All waste, recycled and reusable materials were reported to ensure that Boldt is doing all that is possible to reduce the flow of construction materials that would otherwise go to the landfill. The project is being submitted to the USGBC and is expected to be certified silver under LEED for healthcare.

Building Information Modeling (BIM)
Boldt was instrumental in bringing BIM to this project to eliminate MEP clash detection through timely collaborative meetings. The BIM meetings focused around the coordination of all floors and included all major trades on the project.

Integrated Lean Project Delivery (ILPD®) or Lean
The owner added an additional Lean component to challenge the jobsite team to come up with innovative ways to shorten construction and to make work easier and safer by looking at what portions of the building can be created while working at ground level and then lifting it into place verse constantly working off of ladders high off the ground.

The construction schedule has five main components, area one is a radiology renovation, area two, is a connector link along the existing CUP, area three is the servery, area four is the healing garden and cancer center connector link and area five is the bed tower. Initially areas two, three and five were to be done in the first phase of the project but it became obvious that areas one and four would need to be added to maintain a constant work flow and not block the Boldt team out of being able to reach these areas. Area’s one and four initially were planned to be complete in mid to late 2015 but they have now been pulled forward to be complete with the new bed tower in late 2014.

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HGA, AEI Engineers

Boldt's Role

General Contractor, Construction Manager, Program Management

Key Points

  • The 90 room addition puts the St. Elizabeth campus to a total of 442 patient beds.