UCHealth Longs Peak Expansion and Renovation Project Tops Out

$55-million, three-phase expansion hits major construction milestone for the growing Longmont campus.

General contractor McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. (McCarthy) and design partner Page recently celebrated the topping-out milestone of UCHealth’s 89,000-square foot, three-story expansion and renovation to its Longs Peak campus. The $55-million expansion project, scheduled for completion in June 2025, will add immediate capacity for expanded clinical programs and additional shell space for future growth to the ever growing 83-bed hospital with a three-phased approach.

UCHealth Longs Peak tops out.“UCHealth creatively and thoughtfully built this hospital eight years ago with plans in mind to expand as needed,” according to Longs Peak Hospital president Ryan Rohman. “We are proud to be able to grow our services to meet the growing health care needs of our community.”

Phase I at the north end of the hospital consists of 46,500 square feet and includes two new operating rooms, nine new pre- and post-anesthesia care unit bays, three labor, delivery, and recovery rooms, one C-Section room, as well as seven examination rooms and three Fast Track rooms in the emergency department. Shell space has been incorporated into these patient units to accommodate additional growth. Also included in Phase I is an expansion of the sterile processing department and a new helipad for higher-acuity emergency services.

Phase II of the project will expand the hospital’s central utility plant and miscellaneous support spaces by 4,450 square feet to accommodate present and future expansion efforts. Finally, the existing courtyard space will be infilled to provide an additional 9,990 square feet of ground-level space to expand the hospital’s kitchen and dining operation, as well as three shelled operating rooms (OR’s) for the campus’ ambulatory surgery center. Two floors of space above the courtyard will be reserved for future inpatient growth.

The expansion efforts are coupled with over 10 department renovations comprising 28,200 square feet between the hospital's three floors. These departments include the pharmacy, sterile processing department, kitchen, clinical laboratory and other administrative and support departments.

As patients are still receiving care at the hospital, Page and McCarthy implemented additional safety and sterilization measures, as well as frequent coordination with UCHealth, to avoid disruptions and ensure the safety of the patients, staff and visitors is a top priority.

Longs Peak Hospital, which opened in 2017 as a 51-bed facility, is being adapted to meet the increasing health needs of the growing community. Now expanded to 83 beds, the hospital is undergoing further updates to include additional treatment areas and shell spaces to serve the evolving patient needs of Weld and Boulder counties.

“Having constructed the medical center on the Longs Peak Campus just two years ago, we are thrilled to aid UCHealth in delivering expanded medical opportunities to this community,” said McCarthy Vice President of Operations Jason Coughlin. “With a deep-rooted knowledge of this campus, we have watched this project come to life, as we simultaneously witness the life-changing treatment happening at Longs Peak Hospital.”

"UCHealth’s Longs Peak Hospital exemplifies innovation, flexibility and growth in meeting the needs of the community,” said Page’s Principal and Lead Healthcare Planner Akshay Sangolli. “Having worked on the master-planning and award-winning design of the original Longs Peak Hospital that opened in 2017 and multiple other significant projects, including the Longs Peak Medical Center that opened in 2022, Page’s design team feels immense pride in continuing this critical work with UCHealth and McCarthy to build capacity for expanded clinical services for patients. This expansion aims to create an innovative, welcoming and healing environment that meets the needs of the growing community.”

Major design and construction trade partners include Cator Ruma, Walter P Moore, Cevian, JVA, BHA, Ricca, Jensen Hughes, FD2S, Lerch Bates, SLR, Envision Planning, Trautman & Shreve, Sturgeon Electric, Zimmerman Metals, SNS Iron Works, Integrity Fire Safety Services, Heggem-Lundquist, Encore Electric, Commercial Flooring Services, and Douglass Colony Group.

About UCHealth UCHealth is an innovative, nonprofit health system that delivers the highest quality medical care with an excellent patient experience. UCHealth includes 33,000 employees, 14 acute-care hospitals and hundreds of physicians across Colorado, southern Wyoming and western Nebraska. With University of Colorado Hospital on the CU Anschutz Medical Campus as its academic anchor and the only adult academic medical center in the region, UCHealth is dedicated to providing unmatched patient care in the Rocky Mountain West. Offering more than 200 clinic locations, UCHealth provides extensive community benefits and pushes the boundaries of medicine through advanced treatments and clinical trials, improving health through innovation.

About McCarthy Building Companies McCarthy Building Companies, Inc. is the oldest privately held national construction company in the country – with nearly 160 years spent collaborating with partners to solve complex building challenges on behalf of its clients. With an unrelenting focus on safety and a comprehensive quality program that span all phases of every project, McCarthy utilizes industry-leading design phase and construction techniques combined with value-add technology to maximize outcomes. Repeatedly honored as a Best Place to Work and Healthiest Employer, McCarthy is ranked the 19th largest domestic builder. With approximately 6,000 salaried employees and craft professionals, the firm has offices in St. Louis; Atlanta; Collinsville, Ill.; Kansas City, Kan.; Omaha, Neb.; Phoenix; Las Vegas; Denver; Austin, Channelview, Dallas, and Houston, Texas; and San Diego, Newport Beach, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Sacramento, Calif. McCarthy is 100% employee owned. More information about the company is available online at www.mccarthy.com or by following the company on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram.

About Page For more than a century, Page has been recognized in the A|E|C industry as a design-led firm that prioritizes people and community. With a global team of over 1,400 professionals and a presence across 21 offices, Page’s expertise encompasses diverse market sectors including Academic, Advanced Manufacturing, Aviation, Civic/Community/Culture, Commercial/Mixed Use, Government, Healthcare, Mission Critical, and Science/Technology. Their practice areas range from Architecture and Engineering to Interiors and Urban Design, each underpinned by a commitment to understand and fulfill client needs while remaining socially and environmentally responsible. Page's innovative approach and dedication to impactful design have earned numerous accolades, distinguishing them as leaders in creating spaces that make lives better. Discover more about Page’s transformative projects at pagethink.com.