Construction of the $215-million Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital expanded a medical office building into a uniquely styled full-service hospital designed to make patients and visitors feel at more ease. The public areas look like a homey village main street or a northern-Michigan lodge.

Henry Ford West Bloomfield Hospital

Clinical areas are carefully kept out of site, and all in-patients stay in private single rooms that offer beautiful views and are decorated with colors and curves that create a soothing environment.

The construction added an energy center, three in-patient towers, a diagnostic and treatment facility and “main street” retail stories (renovation in the existing medical office building continuing through to build-outs in the corridor connecting the medical office building to the diagnostic and testing addition).

Key Players

Owner: Henry Ford Health System, Detroit, MI
General Contractor: Turner Construction Co., Detroit, MI; George W. Auch Co., Pontiac, MI; Kasco Construction Services, Royal Oak, MI
Design Firm: Albert Kahn Associates Inc. (A/E for new hospital additions and energy center), Detroit; Hobbs & Black Architects (architect for hospital retail core & shell), Ann Arbor, MI; Wade Trim (civil engineer), Detroit; Stucky Vitale Architects Inc. (architect), Royal Oak, MI; A3C Collaborative Architecture, Ann Arbor, MI

The 52,500-sq-ft, three-story energy center provides all mechanical and electrical services to power the entire facility.

Three four-story patient towers, or “lodges” are approximately 60,000 sq ft each. Two lodges support 16 beds per floor. The third was designed as an intensive care unit with 12 beds per floor.

The diagnostic and treatment (D&T) building is four stories tall. The garden level floor includes security, dietary kitchen, lab space, pharmacy, respiratory therapy, and housekeeping. The first floor includes diagnostic testing, emergency medicine, health-oriented retail and a public food court. The second floor includes 10 operating rooms, pre- and post-op prep areas, two catheterization labs, an intervention room, and an angio lab. The third floor supports all of the labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum functions and has 15 birthing rooms, two c-section operating rooms, and a special care nursery.

Connecting the D&T and lodges are two three-story atriums designed to bring in daylight for the trees, plants and landscaping featured within.

Main corridors and areas in the original medical office building were renovated and rebuilt to become stylish retail areas.

BIM was used to create full 3D drawings of the entire project to virtually eliminate conflicts in the field related to MEP installation, serviceability of equipment, and feasibility of changes.

The hospital, which serves the greater Detroit area, is seeking LEED Silver certification. By preserving the woodlands, wetlands and ponds that adorn the site and nearby residential neighborhoods, the campus emanates an ideal healing environment for patients. The project diverted about 8,500 tons, or 86%, of construction waste from landfills.