Henry Ford Health, one of the nation’s premier academic and integrated health systems, has selected the architectural engineering and construction management firms it plans to use in the design and construction of its transformative one-million-square-foot-plus hospital campus expansion in Detroit. In total, three architectural engineering firms and three construction management firms will work together in unison to bring Henry Ford Health’s – and the community’s – groundbreaking visions to life.

“This was a rigorous and lengthy selection process, with team members from all corners and disciplines of our organization playing a role in ensuring we selected firms that could deliver exactly what our team, patients and community needs and deserves,” said Henry Ford Health President and CEO Bob Riney. “Our plans to meaningfully redesign and significantly expand our Detroit hospital campus stand to transform the delivery of healthcare as we know it, and our architectural and construction partners will help make that goal a reality.”

The architectural engineering team brings together the inimitable expertise and experience of HDR, Tsoi Kobus Design and Hamilton Anderson. Leading the team is Omaha-based HDR, a globally recognized architecture and engineering firm with deep expertise in large-scale academic medical center projects that respect the cultural and historic significance of their sites. Collaborating with HDR are Boston-based Tsoi Kobus Design, an award-winning planning, architecture and interior design firm that has been leading the broader vision planning for more than a decade, and Hamilton Anderson, a Detroit-based African American-owned architecture and landscape architecture practice known for creating successful urban projects.

For this project, the team composed of national construction management leaders Barton Malow and Turner Construction and local leader Dixon Construction Services is calling itself “BTD.” Barton Malow was founded nearly 100 years ago in Detroit and is dedicated to innovation and increased efficiencies in the building process. Turner Construction has been building in Michigan since 1913 with a Detroit office for nearly 50 years, embracing emerging technologies and taking on large, complex projects. Dixon Construction Services is a Detroit-headquartered minority business enterprise that specializes in the delivery of technical expertise and outstanding construction.

“As an organization, we are deeply committed to being socially responsible through the partners we choose,” said Robin Damschroder, Executive Vice President, Chief Financial & Business Development Officer for Henry Ford Health. “To ensure those we partner with share our values, mission and dedication to promoting diversity, all vendor contracts for this project contain targets of 35 percent commitments from minority- and women-owned businesses, and we’ll also work with our selected partners to engage and include diverse subcontractors.”

Commitment to sustainability will also be at the core of any architectural and construction plans that come to fruition through these partnerships. Henry Ford Health aspires to be a leader in sustainability, and all design and construction decisions made will have our goal to be net zero emissions by 2040 in mind. The organization is excited to share more about its sustainable choices and designs as the projects develop.

“We are fortunate for this opportunity to partner with these highly integrative and collaborative heath care design professionals and offer our embedded knowledge of Detroit’s urban fabric. We look forward to working with our design team in the evolution of this campus and it’s thoughtful integration into the surrounding community.” – Stacey Tobar, Director of Landscape Architecture, Hamilton AndersonIn February, Henry Ford Health announced its plans to vastly expand and modernize its Detroit campus, including a brand-new hospital facility and patient tower. The hospital expansion plan is part of a broader development vision in the New Center neighborhood where the organization began more than a century ago. Henry Ford Health’s team, patients, neighbors and the greater community’s needs are at the heart of this plan, and the organization will be engaging those important stakeholders every step of the way.

“From the partners we’re choosing to the conversations we’ll be having in the community, collaboration is a constant and important theme of this project,” Riney said. “We look forward to hearing from our community and neighbors as we design and build a hospital that will be a destination for those from down the road and across the globe alike.”

Construction is expected to begin on the hospital expansion project in 2024