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Centura St. Francis Hospital - Interquest

Summarize the project's program, features, and achievements: The four-story tilt up structure was designed to decrease construction time and project expense. This unique project required the team to erect many of the 86 tilt panels in a half circle to create this striking medical facility in the fast-growing Colorado Springs region. The 94-feet, 7-inch panels that made up the elevator core were ranked as the tallest tilt-up panels in the state of Colorado and the 3rd tallest in the nation, per the Tilt-Up Concrete Association. In regards to the radius pattern, half the panels were erected on continuous foundations, and half were erected on a basement retaining wall. This project also included 5-story elevator core tilt panels.

What obstacles were overcome related to the schedule, budget, program, specification, site, etc. on this project? The challenges of lifting tilt panels on a curved pattern were made even more challenging due to the variable foundations. One side was a continuous foundation, the other built on a basement retaining wall. Mother Nature also provided some challenges, with cold weather and wind and snow affecting the project.

Please communicate any engineering complexities or unique features of the panel design for this project. ? Due to the size and weight of many of the panels, a 440 ton crawler crane needed to be utlilzed. Also, 115,000lbs of additional lifting steel was required, and there were 8 to 16 pick-up points on the panels.

What is the potential for this project's impact on the community and/or environment? This project provided a state-of-the-art medical facility for the greater Colorado Springs community. St. Francis Interquest features leading-edge operating rooms and a full-service emergency department, as well as inpatient and critical care units. This new hospital will create some 300 jobs at full capacity. Centura is partnering with world-class orthopedic surgeons who practice in the Colorado Springs region to ensure that care delivered inside of the building is as iconic as the building itself. The facility houses 72 beds and includes 10 intensive care unit (ICU) beds, 10 specialty-sized operating rooms, a 14-bed emergency department, imaging with computed tomography, and ultrasound.

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Project Location

Colorado Springs, CO 80921
United States


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Project Team (TCA Members)

General Contractor:
Concrete Contractor:
Suntec Concrete
Small Giants

Project Specifics

Project Category:
Building Types:
Paint (Flat)
Post Applied (Interior)
Number of Floors:
Tilt-Up Wall Area:
64,000 sq ft (5,946 sq m)
Total Floor Area:
140,000 sq ft (13,006 sq m)
Project Footprint:
40,000 sq ft (3,716 sq m)
Tallest Panel:
94 ft 6 in (28.80 m)
Widest Panel:
34 ft 5 in (10.49 m)
Largest Panel:
1,892 sq ft (175.8 sq m)
Heaviest Panel:
226,000 lbs (102,512 kg)