What's All That Construction?

Campus Transformation at University of Utah Hospital

University of Utah Health is growing and evolving to better serve our patients, our students, our faculty and staff, and our community.

In 2017, ground was broken for several new leading-edge buildings that will join U of U Health’s care facilities. These new additions will dramatically change how we serve, allowing us to offer enhanced care to patients, better access for the growing communities of our state and region, increased opportunities for learning and research for our students, and more opportunities for faculty and staff to reach their caregiving and professional goals.

Construction has already begun on our new Acute Care Center, Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital, and Sugar House Health Center. We anticipate the Acute Care Center and Sugar House Health Center opening their doors to patients in fall 2019, with the Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital following in spring 2020.

U of U Health is also creating more space for University of Utah Hospital with the addition of five new levels located in the former utility courtyard between the hospital and Eccles Critical Care Pavilion.

Travel During Construction

The University of Utah Hospital and other health care facilities are open during this campus transformation. Prepare for your trip by learning about transportation to and parking at University of Utah Health facilities, where to find your doctor, as well as the range of hospital services available once you arrive.

Acute Care Center

Artist's rendering of Acute Care Center

Our new Acute Care Center (ACC) will allow us to serve more patients with care that, in many cases, will allow them to go home the same day.

Not everyone needs to be cared for in the hospital and the ACC will be a 305,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art facility for patients who don’t need to be admitted to the hospital. The ACC will also house clinical training grounds for the next generation of health care providers. Located south of University of Utah Hospital across from the Medical Center TRAX Station, it will be accessible from the main hospital entrance as well as the parking garage.

Once it’s built, the ACC will allow us to create more convenient access for you with seamless transitions between world-class providers. The ACC will mostly serve outpatients and will include two new floors of inpatient services, creating greater access when you need higher levels of care.

We are looking forward to the ACC’s completion in fall 2019. You can watch our live feed construction camera (below).

Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital

To Be Completed 2020

When you go through rehabilitation you have unique needs. You also need an expert, caring team of health providers offering specialized attention to make sure you have the best recovery possible.

The Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital will be the preeminent destination in the Mountain West for patients recovering from and adjusting to life-altering injuries and conditions. Upon its completion in 2020, this advanced 150,000 square-foot facility will be a restorative and healing environment designed to speed recovery and improve quality of life for patients after they return home.

This new building will provide state-of-the-art rehabilitation services, including access to renowned physicians, an outdoor therapy terrace, a large therapy gym, and inpatient beds with sweeping views of the Salt Lake Valley.

Medical Education & Discovery Building: Training Tomorrow's Health Leaders

Artist's rendering of Medical Education and Discovery building

You can only receive world-class care if health care providers receive world-class education and training. The Utah State Legislature approved its largest appropriation to help us train and serve the next generation of Utah’s health care leaders, and our community is beginning to pledge generously to help us fulfill this mission.

After the Acute Care Center and Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital are open, we’ll begin construction on a new Medical Education & Discovery Building that will expand medical education and training efforts across health sciences. Reimagined learning and workspaces, including a new Discovery and Innovation Center, will foster impromptu and organized collaborations. Students, faculty, and industry partners will come together here to create, test, and implement solutions to health care’s most challenging problems.

Sugar House Health Center

Artist's rendering of Sugar House Health Center

The Sugar House Health Center will be an all-new ambulatory care facility providing a wide range of outpatient medical services. The 174,000-square-foot satellite facility will address the Salt Lake Valley’s growing need for access to high-quality health care away from the main U of U Health campus.

Five floors devoted to patient care will offer appointments with radiology, dermatology, endoscopy, pediatrics, orthopedics, women’s and men’s health, rehabilitation, and much more, including a significant presence for the Huntsman Cancer Institute. Among the facility’s signature features will be two linear accelerators for radiation oncology, housed in an inviting, spa-like environment. A three-story parking structure will offer convenient and direct access to patient areas.

The Sugar House Health Center broke ground in October 2017 and is scheduled to open in late 2019. The new building will replace U of U Health’s existing Sugar House Clinic.

Bringing World-Class Research to Patients

Artist's rendering of device development suite in MED building.

U of U Health is the only academic medical center in the Mountain West—with a mission to deliver leading-edge clinical care, distinguished by a global research enterprise, and six schools and colleges to train the next generation of health care professionals.

The campus transformation project will help the University of Utah Health system expand its position as a nexus of collaboration for experts in health professions, technology, and basic and translational science.

The new campus will support innovations in care, training, global health, population health, precision medicine, medical technologies, and research.

It will also serve as the inter-professional clinical training ground for students from all six of our schools, colleges, and library—preparing them to lead in a future built on team-based care and allowing us to fulfill our mission of caring for our community. Our transformed campus will be a living laboratory that will change the way medicine and science are taught, practiced, and delivered.

University Hospital Infill Project

Artist's rendering of hospital infill

In addition to several entirely new buildings, U of U Health’s Campus Transformation includes an “Infill Project,” constructed in the space that previously housed the utility courtyard between the main hospital and the Eccles Critical Care Pavilion. The Infill Project creates five new levels of usable space (over 15,000 square feet), much of which will be dedicated to new equipment for Interventional Radiology and imaging reading rooms, while two levels have yet to be allocated.

This “building within a building” is also notable as an impressive architectural and engineering achievement. Working in close proximity to U of U Health’s Burn Center and Newborn Intensive Care Unit, the project crew has employed unconventional techniques and gone to great lengths to make the safety and comfort of our current patients the highest priority.

Set to open in early 2020, the new facility will improve the hospital’s radiology capabilities while making life easier for hospital patients who no longer have to visit a separate building for imaging.


A stated goal of the University of Utah is the reduction of the University’s impact on the environment. The Campus Transformation project has carried that goal into the planning and construction of the newest facilities joining University of Utah Health. Both the Acute Care Center and Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital are projected to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver ratings. The LEED distinction identifies these two facilities as innovative in reducing their environmental impacts through factors such as reduced energy usage, waste, and emissions, while also improving the health and productivity of those who utilize the buildings.

Both the Acute Care Center and Craig H. Neilsen Rehabilitation Hospital are part of the University’s Campus Energy Efficiency Project.