The Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, US, has broken ground on a new $265m Orthopaedic and Spine Center (OSC) building designed by architectural firm Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM).
The new 332,000ft², seven-storey building is part of the expansion of the hospital’s Mt. Auburn campus and will be built on the existing parking garage at the south end of the complex.
It will provide a new public face for the south side of the hospital and new patient rooms on the upper floors.
The lower floors of the structure will house orthopaedic, spine and sports medicine facilities, which will be connected with the hospital’s existing surgery and imaging infrastructure.
The east side of the complex will feature a new, naturally-lit concourse to connect the OSC with the renovated entrance to the hospital.
The new building will have facilities for imaging and surgery, including ten new operating rooms and space to add two additional operating rooms on the lower floors.
The third floor of the building will feature public facilities and a roof garden, and will be part of a new interior circulation path that links all the buildings of the hospital on a single level.
The fourth and fifth levels of the structure will comprise 60 new private patient rooms.
The Mt. Auburn campus expansion will also include a new visitor garage and a materials management building.
The project’s master plan also features new underground services along the east side of the structure that will connect the upgraded central utilities plant with the OSC Tower for future additions and renovations.
It will also include reconfiguration of the street, construction of a new entrance and improvement to the central utility plant, which are scheduled to remain in operation during the building’s construction.
Construction of the new building is anticipated to be completed by the middle of 2015, with Messer Construction serving as construction manager for the project.
Image: The new facility will be built on the existing parking garage at the south end of the complex. Photo: Skidmore Owings & Merrill.