August 19, 2015

HKS, Inc. was awarded the design of a $400 million, 650,000-square-foot patient tower and emergency department at Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix. While the emergency department construction will begin in October 2015, the patient tower construction is not yet approved and funded. 

The proposed tower would create 312 private rooms in the 16-story tower, eliminating all semiprivate patient rooms and making Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix the tallest hospital in Arizona. Three existing buildings on the campus would be demolished to make room for the new tower. Designed with expansion and flexibility in mind, the tower would host the infrastructure to add two additional towers as needed. 

HKS is teaming with DPR Construction to design and build the Emergency department and design the patient tower. The project team successfully delivered the Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center expansion in Gilbert utilizing an integrated project-delivery method. 

“The Banner MD Anderson expansion was the best-executed project that I have witnessed in my 35-year career,” said Kip Edwards, vice president development and construction for Banner Health. “Given the performance of HKS and DPR, it was easy to decide who to work with on our next project.” 

“The Emergency department construction and patient tower design will use the same team that successfully worked on the Banner MD Anderson expansion,” said John Niziolek, AIA, LEED AP, project manager with HKS, Inc. “The project will incorporate Banner’s design standards using concepts developed during programming and proven templates to create an efficient and flexible healing environment for patients and support for the hospital’s medical teaching functions.” 

The construction of the Emergency department is slated to begin in October 2015 and includes two helipads and an emergency generator building. A 1,100-car parking garage opened on the campus earlier this year. The Emergency department opening is scheduled for December 2019. 

HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 26 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 2,000 unique projects representing 80,000 beds and 184 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers. For more information, contact Trish Martineck at

Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix (formerly Banner Good Samaritan) is a large teaching hospital that has provided medical care to Arizona and the Southwest since 1911. The hospital specializes in heart care, cancer care, high-risk obstetrics, neurosciences and stroke care, organ transplants, and emergency care, including a Level I trauma center. Banner – University Medical Center Phoenix is part of Banner Health, a nonprofit health care system with 28 hospitals in seven states.

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