Methodist University Hospital embarked on a transformational project to building a new patient tower to provide state-of-the-art facilities and advanced technologies to improve care to its communities in Memphis and the surrounding area. Bernhard provided engineering design for the 440,000 square foot patient tower addition.
This expansive and complex project required close coordination and integration of the entire design team. First, the infrastructure needed to serve the new tower had to be upgraded and expanded. Bernhard worked closely with the owner, utility companies, and the city to coordinate routing of power lines and chilled water piping across city streets to the new building.
Shorb Tower is defined by its innovative treatment technologies and capabilities. During design, the team worked to ensure that the spaces had the right infrastructure and considerations to support effective operation of each piece of equipment. The tower is home to the Transplant unit and includes 18 operating rooms with 3 dedicated specifically to transplants. These rooms are meant to accommodate complex surgeries, care collaboration, and feature video streaming capabilities. This new style of operating suite added a new layer of complexity to an already complicated space. Bernhard’s team advanced their designs and attention to detail in order to deliver state of the art infrastructure to serve the needs of this advanced facility.