McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. has finished construction of a new $147-million, eight-story patient tower on the campus of Mercy Hospital Northwest Arkansas, in Rogers, Ark.

The 275,000-square-foot tower houses 68 new patient beds, including 17 neonatal unit beds. The project also renovated the hospital’s core support services departments, including materials management, central sterile, environmental services, lab, and pharmacy. In addition, a two-story vertical expansion above the existing emergency department added five new operating rooms to the surgery suite.

The building’s lower three levels accommodate an operating room expansion, diagnostic facilities, and other hospital support spaces. Patient rooms are housed on the facility’s upper levels, with shelled space on the sixth and seventh floor to accommodate future growth. A mechanical penthouse is located on the facility’s eighth floor.

Other project elements included a 9,500-square-foot addition to the north side of the existing hospital to create a new front entry and enhanced gallery space. Infrastructure improvements included expanded surface parking lots at the north end of the property and modifications to the existing entry drive areas at the north and west building elevation.

The project team included Lamar Johnson Collaborative (architecture), BTME (MEP engineering), Crafton Tull (civil engineering,; Toth and Associates (structural engineering), and Heideman Associates (commissioning).