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 campus. All NICU services previously provided in other areas of the campus were consolidated in this location to ensure more space per patient. The new 38,000-SF space features patient care spaces with parent rooming-in capability. Parent amenities include a waiting area/lounge, kitchen for meals, laundry, designated bathrooms with shower capacity, nursing/pumping space and storage, and family consultation areas. Other 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 adjacencies – by patient care areas. ILSM and ICRA planning and execution in the health facility setting was paramount to successfully sequencing and executing the construction for safety and efficiency. The team had to be prepared for and plan for the unexpected when 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 ongoing construction activity by others. Patient experience was also kept at the forefront of our team’s focus on this project, from patient/family privacy and security to patient comfort.