Fairview UMMC Hospital room
Fairview UMMC West Bank Inpatient Upgrades / MinneapolisMN
Reclaiming an aging urban footprint takes extensive planning

In early 2020, along with our partners Fairview Health Services, AECOM, and Dunham Engineering, we embarked on the design phase of a transformative project for Fairview—converting two levels of existing administration space into state-of-the-art patient rooms within a 100-plus-year-old, active, operational, urban hospital.

The multi-phase project included a complete remodel of the entire fifth and sixth floors of the East Building, including:

  • 30,000 square feet of patient care space
  • 20,000 square feet of on-call staff sleeping quarters and administrative offices
  • A new, six-story egress stair tower addition
  • Enabling work on floors 1-6 to accommodate infrastructure upgrades
  • Extensive mechanical and electrical upgrades
  • New air handling equipment
  • Roof replacement

Facts And Figures

800+ feet of steam loop demolished and reinstalled


Work completed in 48 patient rooms, 21 on-call rooms, and 126 other rooms not in the main project area


15 vertical risers removed and reinstalled in 60 locations

Delivery Methods

Construction Manager at Risk

Ensuring patient safety and comfort during construction 

The safety and comfort of patients and staff was a top priority. The East Building operates 24 hours a day and has many critical spaces near the project site, so minimizing unplanned disruptions was a primary project goal. For our team to complete this project, 96 planned outages were coordinated and successfully executed. Each outage required a specific method of procedure, disruption avoidance plan, utilization plan, and sign-off by the Director of Facilities. Coordination meetings between trade partners, design team, facilities team, infection prevention, and hospital administration were held twice weekly to ensure disruption avoidance. 

ASHE (American Society for Health Care Engineering) best practices and ICRA (Infection Control Risk Assessment) requirements were used to ensure all Fairview infection control and life safety protocols were followed. To keep patients safe from infection during construction, over 60 air scrubbers ran simultaneously. 

With only 52 -weeks to complete both phases, we were able to reach Fairview’s goal of having the space available on time for patients by the summer of 2022. 

The Team