Olsson Associates


The University of Kansas Hospital to expand services with a new tower

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Linda Van Hoosen, Communications

Drawing by Cannon Design












Growing patient volume and an increase in the demand for clinical services were the driving factors for expanding the University of Kansas Hospital. Hospital authorities selected a top design group led by Cannon Architecture, which includes Olsson Associates, Burns & McDonnell, and a few others, to help make the Cambridge North Tower come to fruition. The hospital tower, currently under construction, will be a 12-story building connected by a two-story skywalk to the existing hospital on The University of Kansas Hospital/Kansas University (KU) Medical Center campus in Kansas City, Kansas.

 “Discussions  about Olsson’s  involvement in  this project  began in 2013  since we had  already done  earlier work  on  the campus,”  said Jesse  Peckham, project  manager  for  Olsson. “We  already had a  good relationship  with KU  and  good knowledge  of the area. We  were already  familiar with the  jurisdictional mix  of projects and  requirements for  both the public  work and  hospital state  work.”

 Olsson  completed all the civil scope including civil design  for private and public improvements, traffic signal  designs,  site structural wall designs, roadway inspections,  and  survey services. The firm also dove-tailed this work  into  additional services directly for The University of  Kansas  Hospital and the KU Medical Center including  campus pedestrian studies and an elevated parking deck  replacement (design-build).

 The entire project is 80 percent complete and is expected  to open by the end of 2017. When finished, the new tower  will house 124 beds and 11 operating rooms and is the first of four phases for the north tower expansion. It will be home to highly specialized surgical services for oncology; neurosciences; and ear, nose, and throat healthcare.

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