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Bartlett looks to 3 projects in facility plan

Posted: October 25, 2011 - 11:54pm

Bartlett Regional Hospital is targeting three projects on its more immediate need list in the new Master Facility Plan.

The hospital board reviewed the plan on Tuesday, tabling final approval until medical staff has a chance to give input.

Joann Lott, of the architectural firm Jensen Yorba Lott, Inc., and Doug Olson of the HOK architecture group in San Francisco explained the report.

“Currently the hospital overall is in really good shape,” Olson said. “There are things that could be improved, but on the whole the hospital is in a very good place.”

Olson said development in the hospital at this point is strategic — how to grow and remain competitive with a stable population.

Three projects topped the facilities plan that is expected to be used for the next 15-20 years once approved. Projects were picked after interviews with leadership teams, assessing the status of all facilities and comparisons with other markets. The three were chosen because of their potential to bring in revenue and the ability to complete the project in that time frame. Other issues identified through the study could be corrected during that time, but any larger ones would need more study, Lott said.

The first project is the Child/Adolescent Mental Health Unit (CAMHU). The facility would include 12 beds and potentially serve more than 200 youth annually. The project is estimated to cost $23 million, with $10 million already set aside from Bartlett at the end of this fiscal year.

The second project is expansion of surgery services. In the last Master Facility Plan the short-stay surgery wing was to be renovated, however there was heated debate with staff over adequacy of remodeling the space. Board member Dr. Nathan Peimann said one reason is that the distance from floor to ceiling is 12 feet. Normal operating rooms have 16-20-foot ceiling heights, and most OR equipment is designed around those schematics. Plans for a remodel were halted, and now one option the board will consider is creating a new surgery facility. It would still be accessible from the hospital. One option in this project includes building medical office space above the surgery facility. Two of the options include relocation within existing facilities and expansion, but those would be done in phases and could impact service. The third option — new construction — would mean no disruption of service.

The third project involves a medical office building. One proposal is to have a two-story building with two stories of parking below. The hospital area has a noticeable parking shortage, and while two stories of parking would be included, the hospital would not gain any spaces due to construction.

Surgery expansion would cost about $10 million. If the hospital adds two floors of office space above the new surgery facility, that would cost another $16 million. If the expansion uses option three, renovation of its existing space would cost about $11 million.

The project for the office spaces with two floors of parking below would cost roughly $18.5 million for the garage and $18.8 million for the offices above.

The estimates are considered “very rough” and include construction costs and indirect costs. These projects would be completed in phases, with the adolescent center potentially being complete in 2014, surgery in 2016 or 2019, renovation of existing surgery space in 2021, parking in 2026 — roughly.

The facility plan also looked at connectivity of the hospital site in general and showed different ways of redirecting traffic to create better flow. Olson said they also looked at the “top” area of the hospital site, where it owns land that is basically on a hill. He said the cost-to-benefit ratio of currently building on that portion is not favorable. The current site of the facilities is zoned General Commercial, zoning that suits all of the hospital’s current and future projects. Were the hospital to develop the hillside property, it would need a zoning change because that land is presently zoned as rural.

For more information on the plan, see bit.ly/ru8agY, beginning on page 41.

• Contact reporter Sarah Day at 523-2279 or at sarah.day@juneauempire.com.

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