MUSC Jenkins Children's Hospital/Tourville Women's Pavilion


Medical University of South Carolina


Construction Cost
$250 million

Completion Date
Fall 2019

Project Size
628,000 SF
11 floors
200 bed tower

MUSC Jenkins Children's Hospital/Tourville Women's Pavilion

South Carolina

The Medical University of South Carolina has long been recognized as a leader in education, research, and patient care in the southeastern United States. As the previous facility began to age, administrators collaborated with physicians and patients to create a new state-of-the-art hospital that would integrate children’s healthcare and obstetrical services with advanced technological features. When completed, the project will boast the largest neonatal intensive care unit in the state, a labor and delivery unit with mother/baby post-partum rooms, an advanced fetal care center, and an entire floor dedicated to specific health conditions such as cancer and heart complications.

Walter P Moore tackled several challenges early in the design phase including high wind speeds and frequent seismic activity. Our healthcare and seismic experts worked closely with the project architect to develop an innovative solution that combined a buckling-restrained braced frame (BRBF) and special moment frame into a single efficient system, one of the first such applications used on the east coast. This type of lateral load resisting system ensures safety during dangerous environmental events while maintaining open space for operational flow and future functional modifications.

Some of the project’s structural challenges threatened the ability of the project to fully achieve the owner’s goals unless cost savings could be realized elsewhere, leading to deep collaboration between all team members during regular collaboration meetings. One way Walter P Moore achieved cost savings was by creatively working with the steel fabricator and building envelope subcontractors to reduce project complexity and miscellaneous steel tonnage, resulting in a net savings for over $500,000. This savings was repurposed into directly addressing additional project challenges. Overall, these coordination meetings helped the team manage the budget and make timely decisions, allowing the project to stay within budget and on schedule.

When the new hospital opens in the Fall of 2019, women and children will experience the most advanced medical care available in South Carolina.