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Henry Ford Health Appoints Barton Malow, Turner, and Dixon Construction Services as Detroit Hospital Campus Building Team

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National construction leaders Barton Malow and Turner will partner with Dixon Construction Services to form the “BTD” team and transform the Henry Ford Health Detroit hospital campus building.

Henry Ford Health, one of the nation’s premier academic and integrated health systems, has selected the architectural engineering and construction management firms it plans to use in the design and construction of its transformative one-million-square-foot-plus hospital campus expansion in Detroit. In total, three architectural engineering firms and three construction management firms will work together in unison to bring Henry Ford Health’s – and the community’s – groundbreaking visions to life.

“This was a rigorous and lengthy selection process, with team members from all corners and disciplines of our organization playing a role in ensuring we selected firms that could deliver exactly what our team, patients and community needs and deserves,” said Henry Ford Health President and CEO Bob Riney. “Our plans to meaningfully redesign and significantly expand our Detroit hospital campus stand to transform the delivery of healthcare as we know it, and our architectural and construction partners will help make that goal a reality.”

The Team

The architectural engineering team brings together the inimitable expertise and experience of HDR, Tsoi Kobus Design, and Hamilton Anderson. Omaha-based HDR is leading the team and boasts a resume as a globally recognized architecture and engineering firm with deep expertise in large-scale academic medical center projects that respect the cultural and historic significance of their sites. Boston-based Tsoi Kobus Design, an award-winning planning, architecture and interior design firm that has been leading the broader vision planning for more than a decade, and Hamilton Anderson, a Detroit-based African American-owned architecture and landscape architecture practice known for creating successful urban projects, are collaborating with HDR.

For this project, the team composed of national construction management leaders Barton Malow and Turner Construction and local leader Dixon Construction Services is calling itself “BTD.” Barton Malow was founded nearly 100 years ago in Detroit and is dedicated to innovation and increased efficiencies in the building process. Turner Construction has been building in Michigan since 1913 with a Detroit office for nearly 50 years, embracing emerging technologies and taking on large, complex projects. Dixon Construction Services is a Detroit-headquartered minority business enterprise that specializes in the delivery of technical expertise and outstanding construction.

“As an organization, we are deeply committed to being socially responsible through the partners we choose,” said Robin Damschroder, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial & Business Officer for Henry Ford Health. “To ensure those we partner with share our values, mission and dedication to promoting diversity, all vendor contracts for this project contain targets of 35 percent commitments from minority- and women-owned businesses, and we’ll also work with our chosen partners to engage and include diverse subcontractors.”

Detroit hospital campus building rendering
A rendering of the new Detroit hospital campus.

Goals of the Project

Commitment to sustainability will also be at the core of any architectural and construction plans that come to fruition through these partnerships. Henry Ford Health aspires to be a leader in sustainability, and all design and construction decisions made will have our goal to be net zero emissions by 2040 in mind. The organization is excited to share more about its sustainable choices and designs as the projects develop.

In February, Henry Ford Health announced its plans to vastly expand and modernize its Detroit campus, including a brand new hospital building and patient tower. The hospital expansion plan is part of a broader development vision in the New Center neighborhood where the organization began more than a century ago. Henry Ford Health’s team, patients, neighbors and the greater community’s needs are at the heart of this plan, and the organization will be engaging those important stakeholders every step of the way.

“From the partners we’re choosing to the conversations we’ll be having in the community, collaboration is a constant and important theme of this project,” Riney said. “We look forward to hearing from our community and neighbors as we design and build a hospital that will be a destination for those from down the road and across the globe alike.”

Barton Malow expects to begin construction on the hospital expansion project in 2024.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration, which will combine resources, industry-leading building practices, and both national and local healthcare construction experience. But what we’re most excited about is the invaluable community resource that will come as the result of this collaboration and the impact it will have on the city of Detroit.” – Elmer Dixon, President of Dixon Construction Services, Inc., on behalf of the BTD team