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Projects • Cook Children’s Medical Center

Cook Children’s Medical Center

Fort Worth, Texas

SSR has been working with Cook Children’s Medical Center (CCMC) since 1996, helping this growing campus evolve and anticipate future needs. Over the past two decades, we’ve been involved in a wide variety of projects, including major renovations and additions, master plans, expansions, and upgrades. Some of our key projects with CCMC include the North and South Towers and Dodson Specialty Clinic on the main campus in Fort Worth, TX, and Cook Children’s Northeast Hospital in Hurst, TX.

In 2008, SSR and CCMC engaged on the five- story, 283,000 SF North Tower wing expansion. This project added an additional 160 patient rooms, including private neonatal intensive care, transitional care, and hematology/oncology rooms. The project also included the relocation and expansion of the hospital kitchen, server, and dining rooms. Projects occurring at operating hospitals create unique challenges in that everything must be carefully planned for so as not to disrupt the hospital staff and level of care provided to patients. CCMC required a quick timeline for the project to limit disruptions. To accommodate this, SSR worked on campus with the hospital and builders, to meet the tight schedule. Also included in this project was the 270,000 SF Dodson Specialty Clinic, providing a new home to outpatient services and an ambulatory surgery center.

More recently, SSR has been providing services for the South Tower, a 318,800 SF expansion and 100,100 SF renovation project set to open in 2017.  The project will house a new emergency department, heart center, and behavioral health department.

To help support this growth, SSR has continuously planned the expansion and upgrades of the MEP infrastructure for CCMC. Considerations have included modifying an existing central utility plant for larger loads than was originally intended and putting in place provisions for more anticipated future growth, which has recently included a new utility plant to support the South Tower. The new plant provides an additional 3,000 tons of chilled water, 14 million Btu/hr of hot water, and 6,750 kW of emergency generator power to the campus. An optimization system has been designed to control equipment both the existing north and the new south utility plants for energy efficiency and redundancy.