Clovis Community Medical Center in Clovis, California prides itself on providing exceptional care with comfortable accommodation. This pride is clear from the moment patients drive onto campus. With an upscale aesthetic, tranquil landscape, and a café that was named one of the best eateries in town, the hospital feels more like a five-star resort. The city of Clovis and surrounding community is growing rapidly and in response, the medical center is implementing a growth plan to nearly double its size to better serve their community.

Supporting this commitment to growth, HMC’s design team has designed a new five-story, 148-bed tower that takes cues from the existing five-story tower and will double the hospital in all directions. The expansion also includes a surgery/emergency department addition, an addition which doubles materials management, the kitchen and public dining, and a new two-story hospital entry structure with interventional expansion above and a curved main hospital drop-off canopy. Taking cues from the existing aesthetic, the expansion’s design features premium landscape and outdoor design, custom lighting, and a signature art piece to elevate the patient experience. The emergency expansion design enhances operational-flow issues with an innovative solution that triages patients by acuity in the lobby, directing them to either existing triage rooms or a new Rapid Assessment area containing six chair bays for assessment of lower acuity cases. This will alleviate congestion in the waiting and treatment areas, reduce treatment times, and increase the efficiency of emergency staff, enabling the medical center to treat more cases in less building area for a lower cost. With the new 390,000 GSF expansion, the hospital will be able to achieve its growth plan for the coming years.

While the delivery method is not design-build, HMC has worked with contractor Clark Construction since the project’s beginning, and the team has incorporated all the DBIA’s design-build best practices. This allowed the team of HMC, Clark, New England Sheet Metal, Howe Electric, Saiful Bouquet, and ME Engineers to accelerate the design and construction of the project. When the owner added significant scope during mid-design, the team was able to accelerate all necessary permits and maintain the same opening day. The expansion will be open for patients in 2022.