McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. will break ground soon on a $127 million expansion of the Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas campus in Rogers, Ark. The project includes the addition of a new 7-story, 279,000-square-foot inpatient tower to the existing hospital to accommodate current and future patient demand in the region.
The expansion is a signature element of Mercy’s $247 million investment in capital projects and equipment in Northwest Arkansas over the next five years. Mercy announced the investment during an April 27 event attended by Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson and other dignitaries.
“Our hospital and clinics have been serving the community at a very high capacity,” said Eric Pianalto, president of Mercy Hospital Northern Arkansas. “To ensure we carry out our mission and continue to meet the needs of Northwest Arkansas, our $247 million community presence plan will allow us to serve our patients into the future by providing additional access to quality care and advancing the region as a health care destination.”
The new tower will increase hospital capacity from 200 beds to more than 300 beds, with future plans to expand to 360 beds in support of anticipated inpatient growth. The building’s lower two floors will accommodate an operating room expansion, diagnostic facilities and other hospital support spaces. The upper five floors will house patient rooms and shelled space. A mechanical penthouse will be located on the 8th floor.
A 9,500-square-foot addition to the north side of the existing hospital will create a new front entry and enhanced gallery space, while an expansion to the east side of the facility will increase the size of the cafeteria by 10,800 square feet. The existing Central Utility Plant will be enlarged to house additional MEP equipment.
The project will also include expanded surface parking lots at the north end of the property and modifications to the existing entry drive areas at the north and west building elevations.
“As this region continues to experience tremendous growth, we’re committed to helping Mercy expand its resources and capacity to meet the demand for healthcare services while minimizing disruption throughout construction,” said McCarthy Project Director Tate Jacobitz.
McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is serving as construction manager and general contractor. Bates Architects is the project architect. Additional team members include TME (MEP engineering), Crafton Tull (civil engineering), Toth & Associates (structural engineering) and Heideman Associates (commissioning).
Construction is expected to be complete in late 2019.