RBB Architects Inc completes the new replacement hospital at Merced
The goal for the Mercy Medical Center Merced replacement hospital was to consolidate two existing hospitals into one campus, reduce operational costs, and improve services and patient outcomes. The 264,000 sq ft, $260,000 million replacement hospital more than doubles patient capacity and will offer services not currently available in the growing community of Merced, California. New services include trauma care and future invasive cardiovascular surgery and neurosurgery.
Through Lean design strategy and the application of an Evidence Based Design approach, an overall savings of $30 million was achieved for the client. The overall hospital floor plan is 20% more efficient than comparable facilities, as a result of the Lean approach to circulation and support areas. Planning efficiency did not impact the size of patient and procedure rooms. The optimised space planning also contributes to staffing efficiencies. Operating costs over time are significantly reduced. The result of the Lean, Evidence Based design approach is the most cost-efficient hospital in Catholic Healthcare West's history, accomplished in one of the most difficult economic periods for construction in California.
The new hospital also supports Catholic Healthcare West’s 'Responsible Design' initiative emphasising a holistic healing approach for the mind, body and spirit. Toward this goal, the hospital features private beds with natural lighting and ample room for family, four meditative gardens on the campus, generous views of nature, and sound control achieved through carefully planned room adjacencies and material selection.
Extensive sustainable elements were implemented in this greenfield project, including strategic site planning to optimise solar influences, waste management, drought resistant landscaping, storm water retention systems, and use of low VOC adhesives. A substantial energy cost savings of $4 million will be achieved through use of high performance, low E glazing, centrifugal chillers, energy efficient electrical systems and the commissioning of MEP systems.