University of Tennessee Medical Center – Heart Hospital

Building Area: 260,000 SF (Original + Vertical Expansion)

Date of Completion: 2018

Type: New Construction / Renovation

Location: Knoxville, TN

In 2009, BarberMcMurry designed a four-story specialized Heart Hospital for the University of Tennessee Medical Center — creating a distinctive and welcoming “front door” to the hospital campus. By 2016, the facility had reached capacity, but the constrained hospital site limited growth options. BarberMcMurry designed a vertical expansion that would house two cardio/pulmonary acute care floors, totaling 60 beds, plus a neurological intensive care unit and shell floors for future expansions. The vertical expansion adds five stories and 132,600 additional square feet to the existing building, but maintains the original building’s aesthetic. The project was quickly but carefully completed in phases to allow the Heart Hospital to remain fully operational during construction.