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Published on May 09, 2011

University of Colorado Hospital Expansion at Anschutz Brings More World-Class Health Services For Patients

Expansion includes new tower, parking structures and brings jobs to the community 

Aurora, Colo. University of Colorado Hospital is holding a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the $400 million expansion on Tuesday, May 24, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Anschutz Medical Campus. The expansion will include a second inpatient 12-story tower, increased patient care facilities to the Anschutz Cancer Pavilion and new parking structures for patients, visitors and employees. The project will bring 1,400 full-time jobs to the campus and an additional 276 beds for patients in the tower.

Green building standards, advanced techniques

UCH New Inpatient Tower

The hospital is committed to completing this project as LEED-certified, the highest in green building standards. Recycled materials are used as much as possible, and Xcel Energy is providing expertise in creating the most energy-efficient system possible in a hospital.

The expansion also will be completed on a fast track by using Building Information Modeling, an advanced construction technique that creates a 3D image of the components, which are then built outside of the building. Once the components are complete, the pieces are brought into the appropriate floor levels and placed permanently in the building. By creating these pieces outside of the site, the building time is significantly reduced and problem issues can be predicted in advance, so they are addressed before the building is complete or almost complete. 

“The Rocky Mountain Region deserves to have access to world-class health care, and as our population grows, we continue to grow with it,” said CEO and President Bruce Schroffel. “This expansion also allows us to contribute to the community as it brings a significant amount of jobs to Colorado.”

In total, the inpatient tower will be nearly 714,000 square feet. The new patient and visitor parking structure will offer 662 spaces, and the new employee structure will have 1,700 spaces. The expansion to the Cancer Center will add 39,800 square feet for a radiation therapy vault, expanded chemotherapy infusion capacity and increase the number of clinical rooms by 50 percent. 

In addition to the increase in hospital jobs, the expansion will create nearly 2,500 construction jobs.

University of Colorado Hospital (UCH) is the Rocky Mountain region's leading academic medical center. It is ranked among the top 10 academic medical centers in the United States by the University HealthSystem Consortium  and is ranked as the best hospital in the Denver metro area and one of the best in the country by U.S.News & World Report. UCH is best known as an innovator in patient care and often as one of the first hospitals to bring new medicine to patients’ bedsides. The hospital’s physicians are affiliated with the University of Colorado School of Medicine, part of the University of Colorado system. Based on the expansive Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colo., the hospital is a central part of one of the country’s only true “Health Care Cities” where patient care, research and education converge to establish the future of health care delivery.

Contact: Erika Matich at 720-848-7852 or Erika.Matich@ucdenver.edu

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