SW Associates was commissioned to provide mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering design services for the expansion/renovation of the existing Roberts Emergency Department from 25,000 SF to 75,000 SF on the main campus of Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, Texas. The project cost $47 million and made the Riggs Emergency Department one of only two Level 1 trauma centers in North Texas.This expansion/renovation tripled the size of the department and included 70 new treatment rooms, three radiology rooms, two CT scanners and a 4-bay trauma room to the Level 1 Trauma Center. The footprint divides the department into functional zones and care team areas. The support areas are located within the center of each zone. The division of the floor into zones provides the ideal environment for optimum healthcare. The
The new expanded emergency department offers advanced technology, equipment and services to support both routine and trauma care:
- Electronic medical record with physician order entry
- Two CT scans – one a 64-slice CT
- Four radiology suites
- Ultrasound within the department
- Centralized telemetry
- On-site lab
- Stat scan for trauma patients
- Disaster preparedness components including decontamination rooms, containment room, command center and showers for biological agents.
The need for immediate access to imaging equipment led to the incorporation of a Lodox Stat Scan between the two sets of trauma bays as well as digital imaging installed on overhead railing systems in the four trauma spaces.
This expansion gives Baylor the opportunity to broaden its trauma capabilities, expand is minor emergency care center and add additional patient care areas.