Yampa Valley Medical Center, located in Steamboat, Colorado, serves the residents of Northwest Colorado and visitors from around the world. The single story replacement hospital was constructed in 1998-99 due to the growing community’s need for enhanced medical services. The 126,000 square foot building houses acute and long-term patient needs and provides the facility for 30 specialty care units. A 17,000 square foot addition was recently completed to enhance the OB and OR departments. Structural Consultants Inc. provided full structural engineering services for the Medical Center and Addition including design, documentation, and construction administration services.

The main structural system for the medical center consists of a structural steel frame with open web steel joists for the roof and future second floor systems. The steel braced frame lateral resisting system was incorporated within the architectural column grid. The Patient Lobby and exterior Porte Cochere were constructed with a combination of structural steel and exposed timber framing to complement the architectural theme. A cold roof system was coordinated with the architectural intent on the project to minimize the potential for sliding snow during the winter months.

Project Specifics

Location: Steamboat Springs, CO

  • 1999 - Medical Center
  • 2010 - OB/OR Addition

Square Footage:

  • 126,000 - Medical Center
  • 17,000 - Addition

Construction Cost:

  • $24,000,000 - Medical Center
  • $10,500,000 - Addition

Structural Features

Portion of the current roof system designed for future vertical expansion

Exposed timber roof framing above Patient Lobby and Porte Cochere

Cold-roof system to prevent sliding snow