Project Description

This project renovated three-floors at Medical Center East (MCE) on the Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) Campus. Phase one, beginning in 2017, converted the eighth floor of the MCE-North Tower to inpatient beds. Additionally, a three-floor pedestrian bridge was installed which connects the North Tower of VUAH to MCE-North Tower.

Similarly, phase 2 and 3 also converted the seventh and sixth floor to inpatient beds designed for critical care use. In addition to the interior renovation, this project included the replacement of four Air Handling Units and a state-of-the-art exterior glass wall, which provided natural light and improved performance for the space.

Like many projects in 2020, this project was impacted by COVID-19. Originally slated for critical care use quickly changed when all three floors were converted from critical care to COVID floors at the beginning of 2020. Phoenix Design’s involvement included the analysis, design, & impact to convert the new AHU’s to 100% outside capacity. By providing more outside air ventilation, it increased the effective dilution ventilation per person.