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North Tower Renovation, McLaren Port Huron Hospital
Port Huron, MI
Consistent results.
Accelerated renovations to a 1960's cardio suite and patient floors.
Modernizing without interruption to care
The renovation of McLaren Port Huron’s North Tower modernized more than 90,000 SF of existing space, including 165 patient rooms. The project was made possible after the campus’ South Tower addition, which created space for the relocation of key operational areas on site and set a standard for streamlined care and technology integration. Complicated project components, such as the improvement of all bathrooms to achieve ADA compliance, low floor-to-floor heights, and existing structural limitations, meant extensive field investigation had to be performed as well as careful coordination using 3-D modeling of the new systems and the existing structure. HED partnered with McLaren to utilize a LEAN construction model and in-depth workshops to shorten the overall project timeline and unite the two towers aesthetically and in their capacity to deliver state of the art care.

Guiding principles for design were focused on renovating the North tower to match the modern South tower. Semi-private patient rooms were converted to private rooms, allowing for more complex care, and increasing patient privacy. The design focused on ensuring the North Tower provided staff members and patients with the same caliber of technology, finishes, and design standards as those in the newer South Tower, including matching all finishes to the new building, patient room amenities and access to technology, and updating operational characteristics such as standard approaches to design of medication rooms.

In addition to the patient rooms, key elements included a new nurse’s station with updated technology, a new waiting room that eliminated several smaller more enclosed waiting spaces and offered greater comfort and enhanced furnishings, and the renovation of the former operating rooms on the building’s second floor to create a new heart center. This center houses heart health testing services and patient care rooms, directly adjacent to updated cardiac catheterization labs.
HED addressed the complicated project components, such as the addition of new bathrooms, low floor-to-floor heights, and existing structural limitations, by performing extensive field investigation and careful coordination using 3D modeling of the new systems and existing structure.
Built under a LEAN Construction model, the workshop approach required far less overall time but a more intense effort at the beginning of the project.
For the renovation of 5th and 6th floors, the semi-private patient rooms became private patient rooms. The finishes and materials along with the design of patient rooms followed the established standards used in the new south bed tower.
HED formed three design teams plus an infrastructure team to design and engineer the project. Each team worked in parallel to develop programming / design and infrastructure analysis for the first budget package delivered to the construction manager just 60 days after contract award.
What I'm excited about is we're going to have a new hospital. We'll have all new piping and wiring in the old tower and an upgrade to modern technology. While it will have the same brick and mortar exterior, everything else will be new. Our employees and doctors are so excited about it.”
Jennifer Montgomery
Prior President and CEO
McLaren Port Huron
Accelerated renovations to a 1960's cardio suite and patient floors.
North Tower Renovation, McLaren Port Huron Hospital
Port Huron, MI
Consistent results.