Construction firm Robins & Morton and Baptist Health South Florida celebrated the groundbreaking of the Gloria Drummond Patient Tower at Boca Raton Regional Hospital on March 23.
The new nine-story patient tower will include all-private patient rooms, surgical suites and critical care units. It will also house the Michelle and Michael Hagerty Center for Graduate Medical Education, more than doubling the current education space and helping recruit and retain top medical school graduates. The tower will encompass more than 417,000 square feet and will expand the hospital to more than 1.08 million square feet.
“We are honored that Baptist Health South Florida has entrusted us to be part of bringing their Keeping the Promise vision to reality,” said Robins & Morton Senior Vice President Bruce Adams. “The Gloria Drummond Patient Tower is a major piece of Boca Raton Region Hospital’s transformation that will further enhance care for the growing South Florida community.”
The project is pursuing both a LEED sustainability certification and WELL certification. That will make the Gloria Drummond Patient Tower one of the first hospital facilities in Florida to receive WELL certification, a performance-based global standard for certifying health and well-being in the built environment.
Robins & Morton is also building the new, two-story, 39,700-square-foot central energy plant that will support the campus-wide expansions and renovations once complete.
“It’s exciting to work with Baptist Health South Florida and our design partners, HKS Architects and TLC Engineering, to help Boca Raton Regional Hospital achieve high levels of environmental sustainability and a healthy building environment,” said Robins & Morton Project Director Ron Bowes. “This is an extraordinary healthcare project and we are looking forward to delivering an exceptional facility that will benefit the Boca Raton community for generations to come.”