Discover what went into building ORMC's new North Patient Tower.
Publication date: Friday, Jan. 9, 2015
Orlando Regional Medical Center
New Patient Tower
When Orlando Regional Medical Center (ORMC) opened its new patient tower, many were impressed with its look and design. Now take a peek as to what was involved in the creation of the new patient tower.
Patient Tower Details:
- 245 beds — all private rooms (The tower itself is not an expansion, rather a consolidation of inpatient beds to improve efficiency and cost savings.)
- 10-stories tall
- 345,000 square feet
- New Entry Plaza
- New Patient Drop Off and Discharge Areas
- 2-Story Atrium and Lobby (a connecting way-finding feature to help patients and visitors find their way throughout the hospital)
- Conference and Classroom Spaces
Patient Care Units:
- Cardiac Progressive Care Unit
- Neurology Unit
- Vascular Stepdown Unit
- Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit
- Trauma Intensive Care Unit
- MultiSystem Intensive Care Unit
- Intermediate Critical Care Unit
- Neurology Stepdown Unit
- Trauma Stepdown Unit
- Inpatient Rehabilitation
Patient Room Details:
- Each patient room has a wall mounted computer for caregiver charting
- Between every two patient rooms is a sub-nurse’s station where another computer is located
- The central nurse’s stations also have computers available
- The non-ICU patient rooms have a sleeper sofa and guest chair
- The ICU patient rooms have a sleeper bench
- All rooms have a window side recliner and folding guest chair for additional seating
- All rooms have a wall mounted flat panel television
- All rooms have a built in and concealed linen hamper
- Each patient floor has a family retreat space
- Substantial equipment storage throughout the patient care units
- Family/Physician consult rooms located on each floor
Additional Patient Care and Patient Services Areas:
- Rehabilitation Garden
- Guest Services
- Centralized Registration Area
- Laboratory Services
- Discharge Area
- Courtyard, Parks, Green Spaces
- Subway café
Exterior and Interior Design Details:
- Evidence based design shows that nature improves healing and patient well-being. The architecture and interior design took inspiration from Florida’s natural beauty.
- Nature’s elements are captured in many aspects to bring calm and harmony.
- The curve of the building symbolizes the waves of water.
- Suspended sphere lighting in the atrium allude to bubbles that form in water.
- Light passes through expansive windows and glass walls keeping the environment bright and airy and allowing nature in.
- More than 760 pieces of artwork by Florida artists have been installed. The art continues to bring nature in with images that depict Florida’s blue waters, flora and fauna. The art also reflects warm earth tones and textures found in Florida’s landscapes.
- Orchids and other live plants placed throughout help improve the indoor air quality which supports health and well-being.
- Other design elements promote movement.
- Flooring patterns of different textures and designs create direction and aid in guidance as guests and patients make their way throughout spaces.
- Also, each floor has a unique color palette and serves as reminder cues of the location:
- 14th floor — Shore (Restoration Hardware Paint Collection Color Palette)
- 12th floor — Sea Green (Restoration Hardware Paint Collection Color Palette)
- 11th floor — Dusk (Restoration Hardware Paint Collection Color Palette)
- 10th floor — Atmosphere Blue (Restoration Hardware Paint Collection Color Palette)
- 8th floor — Grandeur Plum (Sherwin-Williams Paint Collection Color Palette)
- 7th floor — Sycamore Green (Restoration Hardware Paint Collection Color Palette)
- 5th floor — Jamestown Blue (Benjamin Moore Paint Collection Color Palette)
- 4th floor — Butter (Restoration Hardware Paint Collection Color Palette)
- 2nd floor — Glacier (Restoration Hardware Paint Collection Color Palette)
Green Building Strategies:
- The new facility design also includes green building strategies such as light filtering through the building to maximize natural light and reduce the need for artificial lighting.
- Light sensors and electronic eyes on faucets are some of the small visible steps taken to assist with the energy efficiency.
- Larger, less visible conservation strategies include the building site location, the angle of the building to capture the best lighting solutions, greenscape methods and materials.
- Many of the building materials selected are sustainable, durable materials that should eliminate the need for replacement for many years to come.
- Materials, such as stone, porcelain tile, Corian and glass are a few of the materials selected for the sustainable qualities — resulting in lowered operating costs, reduced energy use and increased building efficiency.
- Site work began on October 17, 2011.
- The tower went vertical on December 19, 2012.
- A topping out ceremony was held on September 12, 2013.
- The structure sits on an 80-foot deep augercast pile foundation.
- There are 3,000 tons of reinforcing steel used in the structure.
- More than 600 miles of wire were installed.
- 252,810 cubic feet of conditioned air per minute is supplied in the building by 14 Air Handling Units and 14 Fan Coil Units.
- 5,671 workers were involved in the completion of the project.
- Throughout the building, there is a total of 113,800 square feet of glazing (glass).
- Approximately 400,000 bricks were used.
- Approximately 30,000 cubic yards of concrete were used for the entire structure.
- The concrete foundation pour:
- 100 construction workers poured approximately 2,400 cubic yards of concrete in a large mat foundation for the new patient tower
- Four concrete pumps were positioned around the mat to ensure a continuous operation
- The 8-hour process included 240 loads of concrete
- Each load was carried by one concrete truck which contains 10 cubic yards of concrete
The new patient tower is part of the hospital’s redesign and renovation project which includes an expanded state-of-the-art Emergency Room. Cardiovascular service areas, operating suites, and other ancillary services located inside the main ORMC building will also expand. The Emergency Room and other areas are expected to be completed in the spring. The entire redesign and renovation project, an estimated cost of $297 million, represents one of the largest and most significant projects in the organization’s history.
A component of the redesign and renovation project was the closing of the Lucerne Pavilion and transferring those patients to ORMC. The efficiencies and cost savings from no longer operating two facilities represents millions of dollars of potential savings per year. For example, the cost of transporting patients between ORMC and the Lucerne Pavilion was about $2 million per year.