MUSC moving forward with hospital plans

By Ashley Barker
abarker@scbiznews.com
Published Feb. 25, 2014

Architect and engineering services for the new Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion are being solicited now. A request (.pdf) was published by the S.C. Materials Management Office on Monday.

The Medical University Hospital Authority is planning to build a $250 million to $300 million facility at the former Charleston Memorial Hospital building, which is just south of MUSC’s Ashley River Tower, according to the request.

MUSC is planning to build a Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion facility at the former Charleston Memorial Hospital building, which is just south of MUSC’s Ashley River Tower.
MUSC is planning to build a Children’s Hospital and Women’s Pavilion facility at the former Charleston Memorial Hospital building, which is just south of MUSC’s Ashley River Tower. (Rendering provided by Medical University of South Carolina)
The authority is looking to interview at least three firms that provide programming, architectural, civil, structural, mechanical, plumbing, electrical, fire protection, cost consultation, scheduling, equipment-planning, site development, landscape, interior design and construction administration services.

The three finalists will make a formal presentation to the board of trustees’ selection committee on or around April 9. Firms must prove they have experience working in a health care environment and know Joint Commission Environment of Care regulations. Experience with children’s and women’s hospital design is preferred.

The new facility, which is phase two of the authority’s 30-year hospital replacement program, will hold about 200 beds. It will include a neonatal intensive care unit, pediatric intensive care unit, labor and delivery unit, special care nursery, children’s emergency services, women’s services and other specialties, according to the Materials Management Office post.

Dr. Patrick Cawley, CEO and executive director of MUSC Medical Center, said a groundbreaking could take place in 2017 and the new hospital is expected to open in 2020.

“We’re really taking the step forward to build this facility now,” Cawley had said in December after a board meeting. “From the moment we take that step, it will be six years until the opening.”

Cawley said the current Children’s Hospital, on Ashley Avenue, will not be able to handle the expected growth.

“By 2020, we will have completely used that facility. We’ll have no room to grow,” Cawley said. “We have to be poised to move into a new building.”

The hospital and pavilion will be the newest inpatient hospital care facility built by MUSC since the opening of Ashley River Tower, or ART, in 2008. Building ART – a heart and vascular disease, digestive disease and cancer care facility – was phase one of the project, which was proposed during the authority’s strategic plan in 2000.

To make room for the new facility, the former Charleston Memorial Hospital building will be demolished. Approximately 350 MUSC employees work in the building, and they will be relocated to another part of campus. Cawley said those exact plans will be secured in 2017.

Once the new facility is complete, the current Children’s Hospital will be used to expand clinical services, Cawley said.

Reach Ashley Barker at 843-849-3144 or @AshleyNBarker.

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