HDR and FFKR Selected by University of Utah for Major Transformation Project

HDR and FFKR Architects are creating a master design for the Campus Transformation Project at the University of Utah Health campus in Salt Lake City, Utah; a project that will expand the “heart” of the health science campus for the University and includes three new buildings — a School of Medicine/medical education and discovery building, a rehabilitation hospital and an ambulatory care complex — totaling approximately 800,000 square feet of space.

A groundbreaking took place in March 2017, setting the stage for a new era for the University and its campus — one that advances medical education and research and elevates patient-centered care delivery.

“Ultimately, the transformation of the health sciences campus is more than just a building project. It’s a catalyst for discovery and progress. In this new space, educators, providers and researchers will work side-by-side. This integrated approach to patient care, research and medical education is the model for the future,” said Kathy Wilets, University of Utah Health spokesperson. “This will be a place where educators and students will collaborate and work toward better delivery of health care, better outcomes and a better understanding of disease.”

“The complex relationships between these three new inter-connected facilities — the medical education and discovery center, the ambulatory care building and the rehabilitation hospital — underscore the importance of an integrated and coordinated design, said HDR's Todd Eicken, AIA, project manager. “The impact of the transformation University of Utah Health campus is seeking could be felt nationwide.”

“Our work will align the physical development of the health science campus into functional zones based on these three primary missions that tie into the existing acute care component,” added Rick Frerichs, AIA, project director and a senior principal at FFKR.

The three primary elements of the project include:

  • The Ambulatory Care Complex will house clinics, outpatient surgery suites, inpatient beds, faculty offices, a loading dock for the medical center and support services. For this project, the design team is implementing new ways of thinking about space in the ambulatory setting, including a new highly-functional, pod-based model for clinics, clinical research space and integration of educational activities. The team is also developing new concepts for more effective ways to include research and education within the clinic setting.
  • The new Medical Education and Discovery (MED) building is intended to be the iconic focal point for the redevelopment of the campus. The vision for the MED Building is that it will serve the University’s future generations as a hub of innovation, training and research, as well as the campus home for medical students. Students, researchers and clinicians will work in this collaborative space to advance health in one integrated system, leading the transformation of academic medicine and serving as the new model for academic health systems nationwide.
  • A new rehabilitation hospital will be an inspirational beacon for patients recovering from spinal cord injury, stroke and other conditions requiring intensive and often long-term rehabilitation services. It will provide a seamless integration of leading-edge research and clinical care. To develop a vision for the future of rehabilitation care at the University of Utah, the design team is exploring an array of perspectives and contexts, from the all-important patient experience and integration of research such as the unique TRAILS program.

About the Design Team

HDR is the executive architect and master designer for the campus transformation concepts, creating the overall vernacular and master plan for the Ambulatory Care Center, Rehabilitation Hospital and MED building. HDR also programmed and designed the Rehabilitation Hospital. HDR brings years of global healthcare and evidence-based design experience to the project.

FFKR is the architect of record on the projects, adding a strong, local presence and a reputation for quality design. FFKR handled final programming, planning phases and design of all space within the Ambulatory Care Center with the exception of the inpatient floors. Additionally, they bring a wealth of pertinent experience and knowledge having worked as a trusted advisor to the University of Utah for many years.

About HDR's Healthcare Experience

At HDR, we blend our deep knowledge of healthcare delivery with our understanding of how environments can shape behaviors and outcomes to create solutions for clients that respect the human impact of their work — solutions that champion human-centered design, solve real problems, make lives better and advance wellness, well-being, healing and cures.

About HDR

For more than a century, HDR has partnered with clients to shape communities and push the boundaries of what’s possible. Our expertise spans 10,000 employees, in more than 225 locations around the world — and counting. Our engineering, architecture, environmental and construction services bring an impressive breadth of knowledge to every project. Our optimistic approach to finding innovative solutions defined our past and drives our future.