North Alabama Medical Center
Location: Florence, Alabama
Size: 485,000 SF
Services: Certificate of Need Assistance, Programming, Planning, Architecture, Interiors
Scope: New Medical Center
The North Alabama Medical Center is a new 5-story comprehensive 263-bed all-private acute care hospital located on 50-acres in downtown Florence, Alabama. Designed with expansive glass encouraging daylight and views across the Tennessee River, the interior open-web trusses draw inspiration from ‘The Old Railroad Bridge at Florence,’ which is a historic landmark symbolic of growth and a connection to the greater Muscle Shoals area.
On the ground floor, the hospital provides covered and dedicated drop-offs for all major entrances. Within the hospital, there are 14 operating rooms, a dedicated cath lab suite with 4 procedure rooms, 33 emergency positions, imaging with radiology, MRI, CT, nuclear medicine, and other ancillary and support services. The second floor of the hospital houses thirty critical care beds, and the third floor houses Women’s Services, with 9 LDR rooms, 21 postpartum beds, and both term and level 2 nurseries. Fourth and fifth floors are designed for medical / surgical beds.
Modern healthcare facilities promote patient privacy and dignity while enhancing the efficiency of use for caregivers, patients, and families. In this project, circulation is arranged to maximize the functional relationships between all departments while separating the public from inpatient and outpatient care.
All of the hospital’s major ancillary departments are located along the perimeter of the building on the first floor for ease of future horizontal expansion. The structure is also designed to permit portions of the building to expand vertically. A new Cancer Center and Medical Office Building are planned as future additions.
According to Marty Rash, Chairman and CEO of RCCH HealthCare Partners, “We are excited for this facility and what it will mean to the community and this entire region. It is clear from the name of this facility, ‘North Alabama Medical Center’ that we feel it is our responsibility to provide high-quality care to the people of the Shoals and beyond.”
I.C. Thomasson Associates – MPE Engineers
Structural Design Group – Structural Engineers
S&ME – Civil Engineers / Landscape Architects
Layton Construction – Construction Manager
- 220 tons concrete reinforcing rebar
- 2,800 tons structural steel
- 35,000 SF exterior glass
- 62 miles of pipe
- 2,435 plumbing fixtures
- 709,000 pounds HVAC sheetmetal
- Approx. 4.8 million linear feet of electrical wire
- 14,107 pipe labels
- 9,200 linear feet of handrails
- Worker count at-its-peak (650) is higher than the total population of 113 cities in Alabama.
- The amount of steel used is 5 times more than in the Renaissance Tower, which is the tallest building in Florence.
- Electrical wiring in the hospital is almost 1.5 times the amount in the Wilson Dam on the Tennessee River.
- The amount of soil moved off-site can fill the reflective pool in-front of the Lincoln Memorial 3 times.