St. Mary’s Medical Center | SCL Health

­Clinical Laboratory Renovation and Addition

To maintain its status as the leading medical center in Grand Valley, St. Mary’s Medical Center needs to expand and modernize its clinical laboratory. Additionally, the lab requires improvements to supply chain due to its unique location on Colorado’s Western Slope.

The existing 17,410-sf laboratory is not designed to adequately service the Sisters of Charity Health System future growth and service lines and building constraints do not allow for the desired automated equipment. The new laboratory addition, which includes receiving/processing, core lab, micro/molecular, transfusion medicine and anatomic pathology, will allow for ideal adjacencies to the emergency department, radiology, surgery, and 340-bed inpatient tower.

Future volume, occupancy and service goals were analyzed to develop a new clinical lab program; HERA developed ideal flow diagrams to provide the required lean movement of specimens, supplies, materials, and waste. The new open concept layout will reduce steps and eliminate touches and circuitous routes; departments will improve connectivity and employees will benefit from a more healthful working environment, improved ergonomics, and increased daylighting within the lab.

The new lab and automated equipment will increase accuracy and accommodate an estimated 15 percent growth over 10 years. The addition will also accommodate the increased storage needed when the Western slope closes in the winter months.


Grand Junction, Colorado


20,500 GSF


Programming, planning and design, equipment planning and system-wide automation standards


Davis Partnership