The artist renderings are striking. There is a dramatic, grand entrance into the airy, inviting front lobby of a glass and brick structure unlike any building on the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences campus.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg for the 500,000-square foot addition to the UAMS Medical Center that will be built at the site of the dormitory following its implosion. Construction will start this summer with a scheduled 2008 completion for the hospital expansion that will include needed space for UAMS’ patient care programs and services to grow.
Following the implosion, the adjacent Jeff Banks Student Union and nearby Child Study Center will be torn down and debris from all of the structures cleared from the site. Then construction will begin on the hospital addition, which will connect to both the adjacent Ward Tower and the Outpatient Center.
The hospital expansion will give the medical center a capacity of 270 adult beds in private rooms. Preliminary plans also call for the addition to include space for a new emergency department, additional surgical and interventional suites, admissions, an intensive care unit, an intermediate care unit and other services. There are plans to provide unfinished space for future expansion of the neonatal intensive care unit as well as two unfinished floors that will give UAMS a total of 390 private patient rooms when complete.
The hospital expansion, with an adjacent parking deck and the Psychiatric Research Institute, are focal points of the $255 million UAMS campus expansion initiative. A new residence hall, now under construction, is expected to be finished by fall 2006.
A five-story addition to the Jones Eye Institute is nearing completion, as is a new student bookstore. A utility services building also will be built.
For more information on the campus expansion, visit www.uams.edu/growing.