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Ground Broken for New 10-Story Patient Tower at University Health System in San Antonio

Feb. 3, 2011

Ground was broken on Jan. 21, 2011 for a new state-of-the-art, 10-story tower at the University Hospital in San Antonio, Texas. Construction of the tower is part of University Health System's Target 2012: Capital Improvement Program that includes new construction and renovations to its existing medical facilities in order to keep up with the current demand of service and be better prepared to handle the future needs of South Texas' growing population or a large-scale disaster. Layton Construction is responsible for the construction execution of the tower as part of a joint venture with Zachry Construction Corporation and Vaughn Construction, both based in Texas.

The new, nearly 1,000,000-square-foot tower will be located directly in front of the existing hospital and house the hospital's strongest services, including trauma care, transplantation, neurosurgery and cardiac care. The facility will boast a new and expanded Emergency Center that is more than double the size of the existing one, in addition to 24 advanced operating suites with shell space for 11 more and 713 single-patient rooms, up from the 498 previously available. The new tower is expected to be complete in December 2013 and open for patients in the first quarter of 2014.

In addition to the new tower, as part of the Target 2012 project the Zachry Vaughn Layton (ZVL) team has been responsible for the construction of parking facilities (including a 624-space surface parking expansion and 3,300-space parking garage), a central utility plant expansion, demolition of existing hospital structures and site preparation. Once the tower is complete, the team will work on renovations to the remaining existing hospital structure.

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