Henry Ford Health Announces Architects, Construction Managers In Transformative Detroit Hospital Campus Expansion

March 28, 2023
Rendering of Henry Ford Hospital Expansion

DETROIT – 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.

In 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.


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“We couldn’t be more excited about this collaboration, which will combine resources, industry-leading building practices, and both national and local healthcare construction experience. But what we’re most excited about is the invaluable community resource that will come as the result of this collaboration and the impact it will have on the city of Detroit.” - Elmer Dixon, President of Dixon Construction Services, Inc., on behalf of the BTD team

“As a native Detroiter that continues to reside in our great city, I am personally thrilled to be part of this exciting, transformational project.  Henry Ford Health is my health care provider which has served my family well.  I look forward to contributing my knowledge of Detroit as we work to incorporate our experiences into this landmark development.” – Rainy Hamilton, President of Hamilton Anderson

“Over a hundred years ago Henry Ford established a place of healing focused on uplifting the community it would serve, the neighborhoods of Detroit. We are honored and proud to bring our global health expertise to this incredible Henry Ford Health team to reinforce and enhance that vision as a destination for health, research and innovation. We are committed to designing a medical center to bring Henry's ideas forward for the people of Detroit and generations to come.” - Jim Thomson, HDR U.S. Central Region Health Director

“With more than 10 years of planning with Henry Ford Health leadership to make this project come to life, Tsoi Kobus Design is thrilled to co-Lead the architectural engineering team to make these transformational plans a reality for Henry Ford Health and the people of Detroit and beyond.” – Richard Kobus, Founding Partner and Senior Principal, Tsoi Kobus Design

About Henry Ford Health

Serving communities across Michigan and beyond, Henry Ford Health is committed to partnering with patients and members along their entire health journey. Henry Ford Health provides a full continuum of services – from primary and preventative care, to complex and specialty care, health insurance, a full suite of home health offerings, virtual care, pharmacy, eye care and other healthcare retail.

It is one of the nation’s leading academic medical centers, recognized for clinical excellence in cancer care, cardiology and cardiovascular surgery, neurology and neurosurgery, orthopedics and sports medicine, and multi-organ transplants. Consistently ranked among the top five NIH-funded institutions in Michigan, Henry Ford Health engages in more than 2,000 research projects annually. Equally committed to educating the next generation of health professionals, Henry Ford Health trains more than 4,000 medical students, residents and fellows every year across 50+ accredited programs.

With more than 33,000 valued team members, Henry Ford Health is also among Michigan’s largest and most diverse employers, including nearly 6,000 physicians and researchers from the Henry Ford Medical Group, Henry Ford Physician Network and Jackson Health Network.

The health system is led by President and CEO Robert G. Riney and serves a growing number of customers across 250+ locations throughout Michigan including five acute care hospitals, two destination facilities for complex cancer and orthopedics and sports medicine care, a behavioral health facility, primary care and urgent care centers.


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