Delivering unconventional structural solutions to bring an owner’s vision to life

Alta View Hospital has been Intermountain Healthcare’s facility of choice in the Sandy, Utah, area for over 30 years. With an original facility opening in 1983, subsequent additions and buildings created a challenge for functional efficiency, patient engagement, site circulation, and visibility. A revitalization effort began in 2015 to breathe new life into the campus and reimagine what providing excellent quality care was all about.

The five-story hospital patient tower

Reaveley Engineers was selected by Perkins & Will / VCBO Architecture and Intermountain Healthcare to help bring the campus vision to life. The new facility includes improvements in technology, patient flow, room size, and traffic flow and features a new four-story specialty clinic and five-story hospital patient tower.

We executed the structural design to integrate with the demanding construction phasing to maintain a fully functioning facility—serving the public throughout the entirety of construction. Our work centered on delivering solutions for each consultant team member and finding solutions to meet the needs of the owner, our architectural clients and Okland Construction.

The team spearheaded a team-based delivery model that allowed for optimal construction flexibility. The implementation of large, cantilevered plate girders in the hospital tower facilitated premium program space for patients and staff. Prioritizing the design of public stairs and waiting spaces further enhanced the patient experience.

The hospital patient tower and specialty clinic building are the first healthcare buildings in Utah to use bolted SidePlate special steel moment-resisting frames in a high seismic application. This connection type allows for rapid steel erection—taking one to two hours to complete each moment frame connection rather than a day or more for field-welded connection types. The approach reduced labor and time costs on a project where the speed of steel erection was an important part of the contractor’s plan to build on a logistically-challenging logistically challenging, fully-operational fully operational hospital campus.

The new campus reminds the surrounding community of Intermountain Healthcare’s commitment to improve overall health by enhancing the quality of work life for employees and medical staff while providing space for education and learning for patients, employees and the community.