WHR Architects Joins Rex Healthcare for “Topping Out” Event for the North Carolina Heart...

07/08/2015 | WHR Architects

WHR Architects Joins Rex Healthcare for “Topping Out” Event for the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital

WHR Architects celebrated the “topping out” of the North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital at the construction site of the new facility on June 3. The ceremony, with the placement of a final steel girder signed by hundreds of Rex Healthcare co-workers, marks the key stage of construction for the Cardiovascular Hospital.

“WHR worked closely with a full complement of Rex co-workers and physician partners in the project visioning and the design development of the new eight-story, 300,000 square foot hospital,” said Mark Vaughan AIA, ACHA, the medical planner for the project. “The involvement of the large team, one of the most inclusive we have ever worked with, proved to be especially positive. From operational planning to architectural image — the new hospital is truly designed to meet their goals.

The new Heart & Vascular Hospital, designed to bring all of Rex’s cardiac care together in one place, consists of 114 licensed beds, including 72 step-down/telemetry beds, a 20-bed cardiovascular intensive care unit and 22 acuity-adaptable beds. Diagnostic and treatment procedure spaces include six cath labs, two electrophysiology labs, two interventional radiology labs, two hybrid ORs, a 10-bed PACU, and a 47-bed prep recovery unit. The new facility will improve access to specialized cardiovascular care with innovative treatments, education, prevention and research for patients throughout central and eastern North Carolina.

“Working with Rex Healthcare we were able to share our national experience in designing cardiac care facilities while we strengthened our local presence to provide additional architectural support for this important project,” said Charles H. Griffin AIA, FACHA, EDAC, who leads WHR’s North Carolina healthcare practice. “It’s a dynamic approach that offered the hospital a depth and breadth of talent and expertise.”

WHR’s cardiac care experience includes facilities for Oklahoma Heart Hospital North Campus, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Hillcrest Oklahoma Heart Institute, Tulsa, Oklahoma; The Louis and Peaches Owen Heart Hospital at Trinity Mother Frances Hospital, Tyler, Texas; the Houston Methodist DeBakey Heart & Vascular Center, Houston, Texas; and the Memorial Hermann Heart & Vascular Institute in Houston, Texas.

WHR’s recent national healthcare and research project experience includes work with CHRISTUS St. Vincent Regional Medical Center in Santa Fe, New Mexico; Stamford Hospital’s New Hospital in Stamford, Connecticut; Jersey Shore University Medical Center Cancer Center in Neptune, New Jersey; Children's Medical Center Dallas; Houston Methodist Hospital’s North Campus expansion and Memorial Hermann Hospital’s Texas Trauma Institute in the Texas Medical Center. Internationally, WHR is working on the Bispebjerg New Hospital Laboratory and Logistics Building in Copenhagen, Denmark.

WHR, based in Houston, Texas, with additional offices in Dallas, Raleigh, New York City and Copenhagen, Denmark, is the healthcare practice group of EYP, Inc., currently ranked No. 1 in healthcare renovation and the 13th largest healthcare design practice in the United States. WHR’s commitment to critical thinking is balanced by an ingrained empathy that results in both improved project outcomes and positive working experiences for their clients. With over 180 people, the healthcare practice group is working on projects worldwide for top tier public and private education and medical institutions. For more information about WHR Architects, visit http://www.whrarchitects.com.

EYP is a renowned global provider of high-performance building design, research, and consulting services to higher education, government, healthcare, and corporate clients. Ranked No. 1 in sustainability and fifth overall on Architect magazine’s prestigious Architect 50, the company provides seamless project delivery with access to the award-winning expertise and resources of its family of practice groups, which includes sustainable design leader EYP Architecture & Engineering; WHR Architects, healthcare design specialists; and The Weidt Group, building energy performance specialists. More than 580 professionals in architecture, engineering, energy, and interior design collaborate across 15 offices in the United States and Europe to deliver expertise-driven design. For more information, visit http://eypaedesign.com/.