Economic Growth & Innovation

UConn Health John Dempsey Hospital Renovation and New Patient Bed Tower


Drawing upon research resources from the University of Connecticut, UConn Health, Yale University and points in between, Bioscience Connecticut is a forward-thinking plan to create thousands of construction-related jobs and generate long-term, sustainable economic growth based on bioscience research, innovation, entrepreneurship, and commercialization.

A multi-faceted plan that hopes to help reinvent the state’s economy, the overarching goals of Bioscience Connecticut are to put Connecticut at the forefront of the bioscience industry; improve access to state-of-the-art care today, and to help meet the health care needs of Connecticut’s future.

Bioscience CT includes several significant projects on the UConn Health Center campus, including the $60-million renovation of the John Dempsey Hospital and construction of a new, 380,000-SF, 11-story patient tower. The $210-million hospital tower contains 169 single-bed inpatient rooms, an Intensive Care Unit, step down unit (cardiac and medical), hematology/oncology unit, 28-bed orthopedic/spine unit, and two 28-bed medical-surgical units. The renovations include new clinical laboratories and major mechanical and electrical infrastructure upgrades.

BVH partnered with Bard, Rao + Athanas Consulting Engineers (BR+A) on this significant project. BVH provided MEP design for the hospital renovation, as well as civil and site utility design for both the renovation and construction of the new patient bed tower. BVH’s scope included the relocation of site utilities during the initial construction phase, including sanitary, storm, water, and electrical, to accommodate construction of the new tower and two 400-car parking garages.

Under Bioscience Connecticut, the new patient tower provides the region with the most advanced healthcare technologies. The new tower includes designated teaching space and is connected to adjacent research areas, allowing collaboration and communication between patient-care team members and researchers working on new treatment and cures. BIM was used throughout the project as well as in the master planning.


HKS/Steffian Bradley

Size / Cost

Hospital Renovation: 40,000 SF New Patient Bed Tower: 380,000 SF $270 million


Civil, electrical, fire protection, mechanical, plumbing, site utilities, technology