Saint Francis Hospital and Medical Center


John T. O’Connell Tower Phase II

Hartford, Connecticut

363,000 GSF

Architecture, Engineering, Interior Architecture


The Phase II design expands major acute-care services, improves access and emphasizes patient care and family accommodations.

The project included support services, an emergency department (ED), a surgical suite, orthopedic center and patient care services. Renovations expand the post anesthesia care unit (PACU), new morgue and autopsy suite and staff areas adjacent to the surgical suite.

Project components include: the relocation of central sterile and materials management services to the tower; a 66-bed, 90,000 annual visit, Level II ED, which accommodates patients within adaptable clusters of care; a surgical services suite with 21 operating rooms grouped into specialty service lines around a central sterile core; an expanded patient care unit which includes 108 inpatient beds over 3 levels designed above the new ED and surgical services areas.

All patient rooms are private and delineate staff, patient and family zones within each room. An expanded PACU with 53 beds features a private patient preparatory and recovery bay; and the Connecticut Joint Replacement Institute (CJRI), is a new orthopedic surgical services suite with 6 operating rooms, 22 PACU bays, staff and family space, an auditorium, and laboratory space within the facility.