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UPDATE: 10-4-2017 — The pre-submittal, originally reported as Oct. 4, was changed to Oct. 3.
Originally Posted: 9-25-2017, 11:35 a.m.
by Adolfo Pesquera
San Antonio (Bexar County) – Architect/Engineer firms interested in competing for the $390 million University Health System Women’s & Children’s Tower project will have the opportunity to attend a pre-submittal conference on October 4 at 2 p.m.
The Bexar County UHS wants to develop a new Women’s & Children’s Tower that will include about 250 new and replacement beds for neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and shell space for future programmatic growth, according to the Request for Qualifications.
The scale of this tower is to be in the range of 400,000 square feet.
The project site is upon an existing parking lot which must be replaced with a visitors parking garage that will accommodate the parking needs of the new tower.
The chosen A/E team will also develop an Integrated Heart-Vascular & Advanced Endoscopy Suite within the first floor shell space of the Sky Tower; this tower is adjacent to the new tower. The Sky Tower portion of the project involves an additional 43,000 square feet and is to include eight endoscopy, two bronchoscopy, and four cath labs, plus space for diagnostic cardiology treatment rooms, consult rooms, and pre/recovery beds, the RFQ states.
“The development completes the cardiac service line and brings to parity advanced endoscopy, pediatrics, neonatal intensive care and women’s health services.”
The UHS board made plans to move forward with the project over the summer months and secured the approval of the Bexar County Commissioners Court.
The tower and parking garge are to be financed with $82 million from a cash reserve fund and $308 million in certificates of obligation.
The RFQ was issued September 18 and Step I submittals are due Oct. 19. Once the submittals are short-listed, finalists will be invited to the Step II submittal … “the selected short-listed respondents (are) to prepare and submit additional information based on Step II criteria.”
Step I issues concern the experience of the A/E firms as it relates to medical field architecture.
Step II requires a presentation by each A/E firm that addresses its perception of the design challenges for this project. This includes providing a project schedule and a rough master plan with concepts and blocking diagrams that address shared space services versus supplemented services; heart/vascular and advanced endoscopy connections and the future shell space for cath labs; parking; building placement; connections to Sky Tower; phasing; primary circulation; Emergency Center public access during construction.
Following Step II, the Board of Managers is scheduled to make its decision December 13.
The final master plan is to be completed by March 1, 2018. Design of the tower starts the following day. Construction documents are to be 100 percent complete by May 1, 2019 and the estimated completion of the tower is in 2022.