Banner University Medical Center Tucson celebrated the start of construction of its new 9-story patient tower at a groundbreaking ceremony this morning—the first construction project undertaken as part of a 30-year agreement between the University of Arizona and Banner Health.
The $400 million project will give the hospital 204 private patient rooms, plus room for 24 more, 22 operating rooms, imaging suites and public spaces. See drawings and view progress on a webcam here.
In his remarks, Tucson Mayor Jonathan Rothschild pointed out that “This medical center serves the healthcare needs of our residents and employs thousands of Tucsonans in professional, scientific and technical jobs—jobs that contribute to our region’s strength in science and technology.”
Designed by Shepley Bullfinch and GLHN Architects and Engineers, Inc., the project is being built by Sundt Construction and DPR Construction.
At one time, the tower site served as the university’s polo grounds. Later on, it became Quonset hut student housing for veterans of World War II attending college on the GI bill.