North Alabama Medical Center
Location: Florence, Alabama
Services: Certificate of Need Assistance, Programming, Planning, Architecture, and Interiors
Scope: New Medical Center
The North Alabama Medical Center (NAMC) is a 263-bed all-private acute care hospital located on 30 acres in downtown Florence. This facility was designed to replace two outdated facilities in the Muscle Shoals Region. GTG provided support during every phase of the facility, from being an integral part of the CON hearings to the final construction punch list, GTG staff was supporting the NAMC stakeholders at each step. The facility is designed so all major hospital ancillary departments are located along the perimeter of the building on the first floor and are planned to expand horizontally. 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.
On the ground floor, the hospital provides covered and dedicated drop-offs for all significant entrances. Within the hospital, there are 14 operating rooms, a dedicated cath lab suite with four 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 nine LDR rooms, 21 postpartum beds, and both term and level II nurseries. The fourth and fifth floors are designed for medical-surgical beds.
The facility is designed to promote patient privacy and dignity while enhancing the efficiency of use for caregivers, patients, and families. Circulation is arranged to maximize the functional relationships between all departments while separating the public, inpatients, and outpatients in a cohesive, collaborative design. State of the art technology can be found throughout the hospital in wireless and digital technology, computerized drug dispensing and electronic medical records.
The interior colors, materials, and furniture pull inspiration from the local region and provide a warm and relaxing environment. The lobbies, corridors, and patient rooms showcase local artwork. The transition to the new hospital was seamless, and they were able to perform a hospital record of 50 surgeries on opening day!
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 Engineering
Structural Design Group – Structural Engineering
S&ME – Civil Engineering/Landscape Architecture
Layton Construction – Contactor
- 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 five 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 offsite can fill the reflective pool in-front of the Lincoln Memorial three times.