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Atrium Health Cabarrus exterior, a brick building with windows along central tower. Landscaped grounds with stepped fountain
Atrium Health Cabarrus Bedtower

Phasing Construction for Minimal Disruption


Atrium Health

Project Location

Charlotte, NC


180,000 SF

Project Type


Atrium Health Cabarrus is the only hospital in one of the fastest-growing counties in the state, Cabarrus County. A new tower was part of the hospital’s master plan and will be home to some of the region’s top experts in treatments, transcatheter aortic valve replacement, and advanced electrophysiology and vascular procedures.

This tower is an addition to the cardiology center at the Sanger Heart and Vascular Institute. Atrium Health is committed to providing advanced and personalized medical care to the five-county region and the surrounding communities. The addition demonstrates this commitment through the expansion of cardiovascular and radiology services and increased access to specialized patient care. The 180,000 SF project was phased to provide minimum disruption to the hospital, including keeping the main connecting corridor functional throughout construction. The bed tower connects to the hospital’s existing main entrance, which keeps its original location and eliminates confusion for the patients. Original artwork in the new waiting room area and photographs placed throughout the new building cultivate a healing environment.

Hospital Expansion

Find out how the team completed a 180,000-SF phased renovation and addition project at Atrium Health Cabarrus Bedtower with minimal disruption to the hospital’s day-to-day functions.

Bedtower Design

Utilizing the “Racetrack Model” Floor Plan

This $89-million-dollar project includes a five-story, 60-patient room addition to Atrium Health’s Cabarrus Bedtower along with an additional $16 million of infrastructure upgrades for the hospital campus. The 180,000-SF project was phased to provide minimum disruption to the hospital, including keeping the main connecting corridor functional throughout construction. Utilizing the double-loaded corridor “racetrack model,” the floor plan has centralized nursing stations with decentralized nursing pods at each two patient rooms.


The Atrium Health Cabarrus Campus houses a total of 457 patient beds of varying acuity.

Diagnostic and Procedural Spaces

Serving Diverse Community Needs

Designed as a high rise with the capability of future vertical expansion, the first floor of the Cabarrus Bedtower is shared by the cardiology and interventional radiology departments. Working in harmony, these two departments have two catheterization labs, one single plane interventional radiology lab, one bi-plane interventional radiology lab, one electrophysiology lab, and 22 pre/post-surgery bays. Level one is also designed to house two future interventional radiology and/or catheterization labs.


The Cabarrus Bedtower also includes eight stress echo rooms, two nuclear medicine rooms, four nuclear camera rooms, one spec CT room, one hot lab, two ultrasound rooms, and one TEE room. The space is conveniently designed with inpatient and outpatient waiting areas to serve the community no matter the services needed.


Cost-Savings to Client

The prefabrication process has many benefits to our clients, such as addressing a skilled labor shortage by shifting construction to a manufacturing process, improving quality of construction, providing a more controlled construction environment, reducing construction schedule durations, facilitating early building enclosure, improving speed to market, jobsite safety, and design coordination between trades, and potential cost-savings.


For the Atrium Health Cabarrus Bedtower project, we prefabricated patient headwalls and utilized modular nurse stations, resulting in cost savings and reduction in schedule.

Before and after images of wall of room during the construction process and completed with hospital bed in front of it
LEAN Construction Principles + Big Room Concept

Integrated Project Delivery

Co-location of key team participants in a “Big Room” environment during design and construction phases establishes team trust and sets the stage for efficient communication and decision-making. Shared knowledge and active participation in LEAN design and decision-making processes energizes the team and, when set up correctly, saves time and contributes to continuous “best value” project refinement.


We utilized 4D scheduling and phasing to plan this project’s construction with the project team. Our team mocked up and approved many items including dialysis water boxes, patient rooms, headwalls, and bathroom floors.


Numerous value-added ideas emerged during our project development leading to an improved schedule and significant added scope value achieved through creative, LEAN “Big Room” principles.

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