Baptist Health South Florida has reached a new phase of construction for the 125,000-square-foot clinical expansion project at West Kendall Baptist Hospital.
Exactly ten years since the facility’s official debut and one year since the groundbreaking of the project, the “topping out” marks the completion of the building’s exterior structure and ultimately represents the rapid growth of the West Kendall community.
Scheduled to be complete in January 2023, the highly anticipated new four-story tower houses 35 additional emergency department treatment rooms to meet the growing needs of the community. The third and fourth floors of the new building will be completely dedicated to supporting inpatient services, with 70 new inpatient rooms. Amongst other add-ons, there will also be additional space for diagnostic imaging, physical therapy, patient observation and more.
“Since opening our doors in 2011, we at West Kendall Baptist Hospital have been dedicated to improving the lives of the community by offering superior health and wellness services,” said Lourdes Boue, Chief Executive Officer of West Kendall Baptist Hospital. “After an especially trying year, this construction milestone couldn’t come at a better time. It is a true nod to our storied past and bright future.”
When the campus first opened, West Kendall Baptist Hospital was recognized as Miami-Dade County’s first non-replacement hospital in over 35 years, with the goal of helping residents live healthier, safer and more fulfilling lives. To propel the community into this next phase and signify the hospital’s future, West Kendall Baptist Hospital invited the children of the Early Learning Center to leave their mark on the foundation of the building by adding their handprints to its final beam.
Upon completion, the design of the new tower will mirror the Mediterranean style aesthetic of the existing hospital and feature the same eco-friendly features that earned the hospital LEED Gold Certification for Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design – a green building certification program used worldwide.
Source: South Florida Hospital News