Named to serve as a symbol of hope and optimism for the future, Baptist Health South Florida’s Hope Tower was designed and constructed to support the Miami Cancer Institute’s expanded inpatient bone marrow and immunotherapy programs, also constructed by Robins & Morton in 2017. BHSF tapped long-time partner Robins & Morton to manage construction of this new five-story, 240,000-square-foot facility.
Before construction could begin, the team had to relocate active underground utilities and replace roadways that previously crossed the project’s footprint. During the peak of construction, COVID-19 began to spread across the U.S. and the hospital needed beds open immediately. Through careful planning and communication, the project team worked hastily to open the second and fourth floors four months ahead of schedule to meet the hospital’s sudden capacity needs.
Now operational, the Hope Tower provides the South Florida community with 228 patient beds, a critical care unit, an intensive care unit (ICU), a pharmacy, and a central energy plant. It’s also designed to withstand, at a minimum, a Category 5 hurricane with wind speeds of more than 180 miles per hour. Onsite generators can supply up to 21 days of power in the event of an electricity loss, allowing the building to operate as a safe haven, should nearby buildings lose power and utility service. The facility also includes an existing pedestrian bridge connection on the fourth floor, creating direct access between the Hope Tower and the adjacent Miami Cancer Institute building.
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