BURLINGTON (AP) -- Vermont’s largest hospital wants to construct a new building that would contain 128 private patient rooms.

The Burlington Development Review Board on Tuesday looked at plans for the 160,000-square foot building that would be located above the entrance to Fletcher Allen Health Care’s emergency department and a parking lot.

The new building would replace two floors in a separate building that dates to 1961.

In its application to the city, the hospital says the new building is the first of several planned bed-replacement facilities, which may occur over the coming decades.

Hospital facilities director David Keelty tells the Burlington Free Press that private rooms improve patient privacy and confidentiality, reduce possible noise complaints, help reduce the risk of infection, and allow space for equipment and amenities for patients’ family members.

"Currently 42 percent of our rooms are what we call private rooms," said Keelty. "We want to get to 90 percent or better, and that’s what we hope to do with this project."

Documents filed with the city said Fletcher Allen is not planning to add parking spaces or hire additional medical or clinical full-time-equivalent staff for the new building.