UCHealth Launches Major Expansion at Medical Center of the Rockies 

Credit: Haselden Construction.
Byron Haselden, credi: The UnfoundDoor

UCHealth officially broke ground today on a major expansion project at Medical Center of the Rockies (MCR) that will help meet the growing healthcare needs of Northern Colorado.   

The project includes a new tower that will be built on the north side of the hospital, the creation of a cancer center, an expanded emergency department and additional imaging and cardiac spaces. When complete, the project will increase the hospital’s bed capacity from 191 to 287 with room to grow up to 323 beds. Staffing will grow as well. UCHealth expects to hire more than 250 employees before the expansion opens. 

“Northern Colorado has grown significantly since 2007, when MCR first opened its doors in Centerra,” said Kevin Unger, the president and chief executive officer of the hospital. “We have proudly served our growing community here, and we are now thrilled to expand our facility and capacity to continue to meet the needs of our patients today and into the future.”  

The cancer center is expected to begin seeing patients in 2024, and the new tower is expected to open in 2026.  

The $280 million project will include:   

  • A five-story tower that will house a surgical intensive care unit, a progressive care unit and a trauma surgical unit. The tower will also house a radiation oncology department that will feature high-dose radiation therapy, which patients currently travel to metro Denver to receive, and a linear accelerator. 
  • The cancer center will feature a new gynecological oncology clinic, a medical oncology clinic and an infusion center.  
  • The emergency department will expand to include 22 new patient care rooms and a new entrance.  
  • A new cardiac catheterization lab, a cardiac device lab, a structural heart lab and a vascular lab will be added to the south side of the existing hospital building.   
  • Imaging will be expanded with additional CT, ultrasound and MRI services and an interventional radiology suite on the east side of the existing hospital building.   
  • Parking will be expanded for patients and staff. 

The expansion is a part of the original plans for the campus to accommodate service growth over time. The new tower will be connected directly to the existing facility and carry forward its northern Colorado design character. The interior of the new tower will be open and bright, capturing views of the mountains and plains. 

“We are honored to partner with UCHealth on the renovation and expansion of their MCR Campus. This project will truly benefit the community and help better serve the residents of Northern Colorado by expanding access to a higher quality of care,” shared Byron Haselden, president and CEO of Haselden Construction. “Haselden looks forward to our continued two-decade partnership with UCHealth as we embark on this project.”

Haselden Construction is the general contractor on the project and is supported by The S/L/A/M Collaborative, the architect; BHA Design, Inc, the landscape architect; RMH Group, the mechanical, electrical and plumbing team; Olsson, the civil engineer; S.A. Miro, the structural engineer; and Gallun Snow, the interior designer. 

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