Project category: Project in progress (February 2008)

Chief administrator: John Harris, Chief Executive Officer, (915) 577-6625

Firm: Sterling Barnett Little, Inc., (817) 792-2100

Design team: Architecture & Interior Design, Sterling Barnett Little, Inc.; MEP Engineers, Dale Caffey Consulting Engineers; Structural Engineers, Frank W. Neal & Associates; Civil Engineers, CSA Consulting Engineers; Consulting Interior Designer, Domain Interiors; Contractor, Robins and Morton

Total building area (sq. ft.): 312,044

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $240

Total construction cost (excluding land): $75,000,000

Sierra Providence Eastside Hospital, scheduled for completion in 2008, will serve as the base of a medical campus with the capability of future expansion and three medical office buildings on approximately 40 acres. The acute care hospital will contain 110 beds in 274,000 square feet on four levels. The hospital was designed with an emphasis on patients and their families; therefore, careful consideration was given to wayfinding, circulation zones, functionality, regional architecture, and patient comfort.

Of the 110 beds, 100 will be private. The design of the modified triangular nursing units was driven by the desire to create a physical environment that would enhance patient care, satisfaction, and safety in tandem with providing operational efficiencies for staff. Zones for the nurse, patient, and family within the patient rooms, as well as decentralized nursing stations, are primary design components. Clinical services will include a 20-station Emergency Department, 10-room Imaging Department, 14-room Surgical Services/Special Procedures Suite, and Obstetrical Services with 10 LDRs and two C-section suites.

The exterior design is an interesting mix of modern architecture and a regional flavor, as influenced by the architecture of El Paso and the neighboring town of Juarez. Elements include a response to the desert sun with a deep overhanging roof, incorporation of stone from local quarries, and creative use of concrete masonry units. A healing garden with indigenous landscaping is an important feature, providing a healing environment for patients and a place of respite for staff and family members.