Geographically and culturally linked to the shore, the Sussex Campus plan reflects Bayhealth Medical Center’s aspirations to support healthy communities, healthy land development and forward-thinking healthcare. Additionally, like many coastal states, Delaware is being reshaped as seniors flock to the region for its low cost of living and tax incentives. With the local population of people over the age of 65 expected to double by 2030—and with around 85 percent of seniors having at least one chronic health condition—this surge has prompted healthcare providers like Bayhealth to rethink their facility strategies to provide more complete and complex care close to home—and to do so fast.
With an outdated main hospital with no room to grow, Bayhealth set out to build a replacement hospital on a 165-acre site that provides seven times more space than its previous location. To design and build the project as quickly as possible, we used Integrated Project Delivery—a delivery method optimized to cut out waste and increase efficiencies—as well as prefabrication and our replacement hospital prototype standards. Together, these strategies helped us complete the project five months earlier than comparable hospitals delivered with typical methods.
This site is just a few miles from the ocean and surrounded by wetlands. The building reflects the natural hydrological systems; the precast panels reflect the surrounding hills, dunes and waves. This concept was inspired by the observation that the creek and the site started on a watershed that ends at the beach. Ripples of water, sustainability, growth and health are symbolized in the ribboned concrete facade.
In addition to housing 128 private patient rooms and an expansive emergency and trauma center, the hospital includes a 70,000-square-foot outpatient center providing outpatient cancer care, rehabilitation, surgery, diagnostic services and more.
During a community open house, the line of community members waiting to get in wrapped around the hospital three times.
That’s largely because the design of the six-story hospital and outpatient center was informed by them, including the artistic design of the building—which was inspired by the coastline—and the senior-oriented service lines and wellness programs it provides. Since opening, the hospital has become an anchor and piece of social infrastructure in the community, supporting Bayhealth in nourishing a healthy quality of life for all ages.
The project was a tremendous success because the team was such a success. The new campus is state of the art, delivered on time and on budget. IPD provided Bayhealth with greater value for the money invested. The result is a legacy project designed and built to serve the healthcare needs of the people of central and southern Delaware for decades to come.Mike Metzing Vice President, Corporate Support Services, Bayhealth Medical Center