The University of Kansas Hospital’s Cambridge Tower A (formerly known as the Cambridge North Tower) is receiving its finishing touches before it opens this fall. As part of the first phase of the hospital’s ambitious master plan, the Cambridge Tower A begins to expand the campus north of 39th street to decant the existing facilities and establish a new inpatient epicenter in the heart of Kansas City. Reaching substantial completion later this month and scheduled to open to patients in November, the 11-story, 220-bed tower will host the hospital’s surgical oncology, neurosurgery and neurology services.
“This is where the growth has been,” said Janice Benjamin, vice president for development with KU Health System’s fund development team in speaking with the Kansas City Business Journal. “We needed to have a building like this because we don’t have enough beds.”
In addition to expanding the hospital’s surgical capabilities, the Cambridge Tower A includes a significant new public entry and lobby facing Cambridge Avenue, along with a new cafeteria with an outdoor plaza that connects to pedestrian-friendly 39th Street. “This is a very coveted area to work in now,” Benjamin added.
The tower’s linear shape and use of a “universal grid” allow for adaptability based on future service line needs and expansion. The project also encompasses infrastructural investments – such as the loading dock, central plant, and the largest parking structure in the state of Kansas – that will support the implementation of the entire master plan development.