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US Army Corps of Engineers
Interiors, New Construction
2,100,000 sq. ft.
Virtual Design & Construction
Turner Engineering Group
Turner, along with joint venture partner Kiewit, provided preconstruction, construction management, and general contracting services for the new 182-bed tertiary care medical center on the site of the former Fitzsimons Army Medical Center to replace the Department of Veterans Affairs aging 60-year-old facility. The campus is located near the VA’s medical school affiliate, the University of Colorado Hospital. The new hospital includes diagnostic and treatment facilities, ambulatory care clinics, research laboratories, support facilities, and inpatient beds in acute care, critical care, mental health, and rehabilitation. The hospital also contains the only VA spinal cord injury clinic (30-beds) west of the Mississippi River and offers expanded telehealth, polytrauma, and traumatic brain injury programs. The Department of Defense medical services occupies a separate clinic on the entire fourth floor of the South Clinic Building.
Sustainability and self-sufficiency were prioritized through design with photovoltaic panels, solar evacuated tubing, and maximized daylighting through the curtainwall system to reduced energy costs. Using generators, underground cisterns, and other features, the facility is designed to remain fully operational without utilities for 7 days. Lean Construction practices were common throughout the project with trade partners making use of elevated work platforms, a “nothing hits the ground” approach to materials storage, and extensive pull planning to meet schedule requirements. The project was also extensively coordinated using Building Information Modeling (BIM), allowing prefabrication from BIM derived shop drawings.