After nearly four years of construction, Banner – University Medical Center Tucson opened its $446 million, nine-story patient tower to the public on April 22.
The new tower – which features 228 private rooms, 20 operating rooms, diagnostic imaging and cardiac catheterization labs, a new cafeteria and clear views of Tucson and the Santa Catalina Mountains – aims to provide the most modern and comfortable setting for hospital patients and the best teaching hospital experience for aspiring medical professionals.
With this 670,000-square-foot tower expansion, Banner – UMC Tucson's capacity has increased from 479 to 649 licensed beds.
The new tower, which includes $50 million in new patient care equipment and computer technology, replaces older sections of the original hospital building, which opened in 1971 as University Hospital.
The tower was designed by architects Shepley Bulfinch, engineers AEI and GLHN Architects & Engineers. The lead contractor was Sundt I DPR.
Find more details about the new tower on UA@Work.