Watch Us Grow


A new building is rising above the Oklahoma City horizon.

We are constructing a state-of- the-art medical tower at OU Medical Center to meet increasing
demand for the highest level of care.

The sparkling facade will reflect our commitment to leading health care. Inside, there will be ample space for 144 additional inpatients and their families, cutting-edge medical technology and new amenities and other resources to ensure a satisfying patient experience. We are excited for you to enjoy this new growth with us. Check in often to see hard work in action as we create a new icon along the Oklahoma City skyline, document progress in our blog and build a better state of health.

To keep up with the construction, visit this website. 

Fast Facts

The new bed tower will be completed in 2020. Here are some fast facts:

  • 450,000-square feet of additional space
  • 152-feet tall
  • Eight floors and room to grow
  • 144 added beds
  • 32 new operating rooms
  • Intensive care unit
  • Medical/surgical floor
  • Stepdown unit
  • Large patient rooms with extra space for the family

The Story behind the Glass Tower

When Perkins+Will was chosen to design OU Medical Center's new bed tower, there were high standards put in place: build a worldclass, high-performance facility in combination with aspirational design goals, introducing forward-looking, modern sensibilities that complemented the existing campus.

Within the design, many different dimensions are woven through, including the facility's context, function, culture and people.

"Nature, in particular, is a vital part of the human condition and especially critical to health and healing. Looking closely at the site, the design team immediately wanted to extend the existing landscape into the new structure," said Ron Stelmarski, Perkins+Will Design Director and Principal. "We began researching the geography, geology and indigenous landscape of Oklahoma City and the region, finding many interesting natural occurrences." They even came across a natural feature named Gloss Mountain, also known as Glass Mountain, which is actually a butte. Because it was culturally recognized in Oklahoma, it became the image behind the firm's design.

"The natural form grows out of the ground, plants and rock are integrated throughout, and the strata of the natural formation describes our use of a restrained architectural material palette to create a beautiful, holistic image,"said Stelmarski.

  • The form of the building alludes to natural, calming forms while also reducing the visible bulk of the building. It appears to have been shaped by the wind.
  • The terra cotta cladding (a natural material) wraps the building and changes size as it moves up the building to create a less institutional feel.
  • Landscape was introduced wherever possible, including a healing garden on the fourth floor, so that patients, staff and visitors can engage with nature as they move through and up the building.
  • The building will be a gateway to the OU Medicine campus because of its shape and placement.

The bed tower is expected to be complete in 20​20.

Updates

  • Crane Rises Above Construction Site April 26, 2018

    by Vallery Brown | May 01, 2018
    While much of the bed tower construction so far has taken place at ground level, during the last week of April, a tower crane was mobilized to assist in the bed tower construction. Tower cranes are a common fixture at any major construction site. They're pretty hard to miss ​– ours rises hundreds of feet into the air. The construction crew uses the tower crane to lift steel, concrete, large tools like acetylene torches and generators, and a wide variety of other building materials.

    Aerial Dirt OUMC

    OUMC Crane 2
  • Groundbreaking Nov. 9, 2017

    by Vallery Brown | Nov 15, 2017

    Designated leaders and physicians who worked hard to plan and prepare for this historical event dug in for the journey to come.
    Groundbreaking

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