The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano, part of Baylor Scott & White Health, is expanding its footprint in Plano, Texas, with a new $100 million North Tower. The project, which broke ground in 2016 and is slated for completion in May 2018, will add 164,765 square feet of space.

Designed by E4H Ascension Group Environments for Health (Dallas), the project will allow for improved operational efficiency and increased patient load with a first floor that features a renovated and expanded atrium lobby, a new coffee and gift shop, and the Heart Rock Café. The ground floor education suite comprises a new 200-seat auditorium and state-of-the-art bio-skills classroom where physicians can practice new surgery techniques.

The cardiopulmonary rehabilitation unit will be relocated from the existing 116-bed heart and vascular hospital to the first floor of the new tower and will house an indoor track and specialized consultation and care areas for physical therapy patients. The second floor will include four new operating rooms with an expanded central core, a larger post-anesthesia recovery unit, new physicians’ lounge and residents’ suite, and blood bank.

The day surgery unit on the third floor will house 28 private beds and the fourth floor will be fitted with shell space for a future outpatient bed expansion. Additionally, the fifth floor suite is dedicated to the Baylor Research Institute and cardiovascular research.

The Heart Hospital Baylor Plano opened its doors in January 2007. Two years after opening, the hospital saw an increase in volume and expanded within its existing facility, converting a physician lounge into additional guest suites and clinical areas.