Mercy Medical Center is an 802 bed acute care hospital facility located in Des Moines, Iowa. Structural Consultants, Inc. served as the Structural Engineer of Record to the design team for the 6 story, 240,000 s.f. replacement bed tower addition and for the 50,000 s.f. surgery department renovation.

A composite steel frame and braced frame lateral resisting system was chosen for the new bed tower to provide geometric flexibility for the architectural intent and to deliver the integrated delivery approach needs of the construction team. Structural Consultants Inc. provided creative solutions to complement the architectural design for the 6 story, 2 level enclosed entry element which provides access to a 300 seat conference center and other hospital departments at the main level. The upper level atrium area serves the women and children center labor-delivery room, ante-partum and postpartum rooms.

The renovation of the surgery department included augmenting the existing structure to upgrade the existing 12 OR’s and provide for 6 new OR’s within the facility.

Project Specifics

Location: Des Moines, Iowa
Completion: 2008
Square Footage:

  • 240,000 - Bed Tower
  • 50,000 - Surgery Renovation

Construction Cost: $69,000,000

Structural Features

  • Six story enclosed atrium
  • 300 seat Conference Center
  • Composite steel and braced frame super structure
  • Services