The expansion on Olathe Medical Center includes a 118,585 SF OB/NICU Patient Tower Addition as well as an enlargement of the existing kitchen, serving and dining areas. The new four-story obstetrics wing, called The Birth Place, opened in May 2017. The design provides a major enhancement to OMC with a new Level II Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) service, as well as growth for the Obstetrics (OB) Department. In addition to obstetrics, the expansion provided OMC with a new main entrance lobby. OMC desired a new, modern space as you enter the hospital. The design of the new OB/NICU expansion project provides a new identity to the OMC campus. The new tower also provides flexibility for future growth. The hospital can potentially add three more floors vertically or one whole bay horizontally.
One of the greatest concerns during the design and construction process was excessive noise and the potential negative impact on infants, mothers and hospital staff. Sound in the corridors was identified as a primary contributor to excessive noise. The travel of sound was reduced by an intentional curve of the building shape. Sound sensors were also provided in the corridors that light up when noise levels become excessive and visually let staff and visitors know to lower their voices. Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), Labor Delivery Recovery (LDR), and Postpartum rooms were designed with partitions that meet or exceed acoustical guidelines. Flooring and ceiling materials especially were selected for robust acoustical properties. The NICU was designed with Single Family Rooms (SFR) to provide an acoustically controlled space for infant and families.