ESa is currently providing masterplanning and design services to help transform the Rapid City Regional Hospital campus. Expansion goals include the addition of patient beds to transition to all private rooms, connected parking, improved wayfinding and the addition of integrated physician spaces. Given this is part of the largest construction project in the healthcare system’s history, the client also desires to rebrand and reinvest in the local community.

On-going, phased improvements at the existing campus include 260,000-square-feet of additions and renovations and a new integrated 80,000- square-foot, four-story hospital office building. Culture-based design aesthetic is incorporated into the design to acknowledge the 30% of the patient population who is Native American. Focus groups consisting of caregivers, physicians and the community contributed to the clients’ rebranding efforts.

Flipping the main entrance from the north to the south, the campus is reconfigured to better accommodate future growth. Providing registration and waiting areas at the main entrance, the atrium lobby offers improved wayfinding and connectivity to the new bed tower and the hospital office building. Adjacent to the lobby are gift shop and retail spaces and an integrated two-story parking structure that will provide patients and staff with convenient parking during inclement weather. Improvements include a newly relocated and expanded Emergency Department, new bed tower (adding 32 critical care beds and shell space) and a Central Utility Plant expansion. The additions have also been designed for future interior buildout, vertical and horizontal expansion.

A joint venture between a large national healthcare contractor and a local contractor have partnered with the architect and other team members since the masterplanning phase to help determine cost-effective, realistic design solutions from the project’s onset.