Barton Malow provided construction management services for the NICU replacement on the fourth floor of the North Building of the University of Maryland Medical Center (UMMC) campus. We consolidated all NICU services previously provided in other areas of the campus to create more space per patient. The new 38,000-SF NICU features patient care spaces with parent rooming-in capability. Amenities include a waiting area/lounge, kitchen for meals, laundry, designated bathrooms with showers, nursing/pumping space and storage, and family consultation areas. Support spaces include a laboratory, team room, staff offices, copy room, conference room, and security/reception.
Single-family rooms are organized into five neighborhoods that include a clean supply room, medications room, soiled holding room, staff restrooms, and cart park (code, defibrillator, procedure, admissions, etc). Each room has a provider work area and a patient care area with medical headwall and space for baby, care provider, ventilator, and other medical equipment. The project also has an Airborne Infection Isolation Room (AIIR) with negative pressure.
This project was surrounded – top, bottom, and sideways – by patient care areas. ILSM and ICRA planning and execution was paramount to successfully sequencing and executing construction for safety and efficiency. Our team prepared for the unexpected while renovating the existing building systems by engaging regularly with the hospital’s facility department staff for utility outages or interruptions, changes in hospital procedures, and other ongoing construction activity. Patient experience was at the forefront of our focus on this project, from family privacy and security to patient comfort.