Indiana University Health plans to transform its downtown adult academic medical center by creating a new campus for affordable, high-quality care in the state of Indiana by incorporating leading-edge medical care and services in a highly efficient facility. The expansion will consolidate two of three Indianapolis adult hospitals on an expanded 44-acre medical campus expansion downtown. Maternity care will remain on the Riley Children’s Hospital campus.
The cornerstone of the campus is the New Downtown Hospital, an 864-bed tower with comprehensive diagnostic and treatment services, all hospital-based, attached to convenient multi-disciplinary ambulatory care centers. In addition, there will be a new central utility plant and a new centralized service building (logistical services and parking).
The preliminary blueprint for the new hospital calls for a distinctive building of three glass-fronted towers of 15 stories with rooftop helipads and enclosed walkways to nearby buildings and parking garages. An energy-efficient, LEED silver design will ensure a healthy and comfortable indoor environment. At the same time, the site will be sculpted as a green campus to manage pollution and limit runoff into the White River.
Several objectives for this project are being set to increase convenience for patients, staff, and visitors. Improving wayfinding and parking, adding spaces that support clinical best practices and state-of-the-art technology, and increasing community access to high-quality healthcare are just a few strategies the design team will support to accomplish the overarching consolidation efficiency goals.
The core project team consists of a joint venture, CURIS Design, made up of BSA, CSO, and RATIO Architects.