St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, Campus-Wide Projects

Category: Architecture, Hospital


Sterling Barnett Little was hired to adapt and update the master plan for St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center, a Level One Regional Trauma Center which receives 100,000 annual visits within a six-county service area with population of 2 million.

St. Joseph’s Health System wanted to create a state-of-the-art healthcare center that would be the point of all healthcare for the community, and efficiency, time and transport would be of up-most concern.  Based on comprehensive research of the community, it was decided to completely overhaul the hospital and transform it into a tertiary medical center that provides accessible health services to a growing population.

The scope included:
• Functional planning analysis, financial & capital planning, information systems and implementation planning

• 600-bed teaching hospital and health system

• A new critical care building (CCB) with helipad, emergency department, surgery space, ICU and acute nursing units (Project Managment over Francis Cauffman, Architect of Record)

• Phased renovation for expanded outpatient radiology, ambulatory care space, nursing units and children’s hospital

• 1,500-car parking garage, site circulation and campus infrastructure

• 300-room hotel/conference center with enclosed links to hospital atrium.

Recommended and helped implement a change in approach to project management on the part of both Owner and current Architect.

Team Building: negotiated a role for SBL’s planning team instead of allowing the Owner to terminate the original architect, thereby saving the Owner the $3.5 Million already invested in fees.  Agree to serve as Owner Representative (Program Manager), handling all service contracts and invoicing to support monthly bond requisitions
Project completed within new timeline, below approved budget by $25 Million.

The savings was then allocated to compete what was originally planned to be “shell space” for future build out as new surgical services and central sterile departments Owners view of SBL performance was so favorable that St. Joseph’s engaged Sterling Barnett Little as Architect of Record for the next 12 renovation projects as outlined in the original master plan.