Charlotte has Mercy

Amanda Kelly
Thursday 19 Nov 2009

Main construction completes at $22 million RTKL designed medical centre

Shell and core construction is now complete for Mercy Medical Plaza, the newest facility at Carolinas Medical Center- Mercy in Charlotte. The $22 million (US) project, which was designed by the Chicago office of RTKL, will expand the hospital’s surgery capabilities and provide additional medical office space and parking when it opens later this year.

“RTKL first worked with Carolinas HealthCare System more than five years ago,” said Alexander Faurot, vice president of RTKL and senior project manager. “Since then, we’ve designed approximately 365,000 sq ft of medical office space and parking for 2,400 cars across three Carolinas Medical Center campuses. In addition to those components, this new facility includes a 60,000 sq ft hospital addition, which will allow for a major technology update for surgical services and improved patient comfort.”

The first floor of the 150,000 sq ft building has 12 operating rooms to replace existing surgery facilities. A total of 75,000 sq ft of tenant space will augment hospital services and provide much needed private physician space.

As all four above-grade levels connect to the main hospital, the buildings have inherent reciprocity. For example, the second floor will be home to a large orthopedic practice with immediate access to the hospital’s radiology department.

RTKL designed the building to be consistent with the rest of the campus, yet have a fresh, modern look. Since the existing facilities date from the 1920s through ‘60s, RTKL mirrored the materials and mass of those buildings, but created a clean, contemporary image with exposed steel, metal panels, aluminum and glass. The resulting updated appearance projects a new hospital face to busy Caswell Road.

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