AIA Selects Eight Projects for National Healthcare Design Awards


Washington, D.C. – July 20, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected the recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards program. The AIA Healthcare Awards program showcases the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. Projects exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.

Recipients were selected in four different categories:

Category A: Built, Less than $25 million in construction cost
Category B: Built, More than $25 million in construction cost
Category C: Unbuilt, Must be commissioned for compensation by a client with the authority and intention to build
Category D: Innovations in Planning and Design Research, Built and Unbuilt

Category A

Cleveland Clinic, Brunswick Family Health Center Emergency Department; Cleveland
Westlake Reed Leskosky

This addition to the Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Family Health Center provides a new 22,500-gross-square-foot emergency department at grade, a processing lab, an imaging center, a second story expansion space of 17,000 square feet intended for future fitout as exam rooms and offices and a roof top heliport. Compatible with the original structure but easily identifiable as a new component, the project promotes a healing environment of serenity through intuitive way finding, resolution in the integration of medical equipment and devices, a strategic placement of art and a strong connection to the natural environment.

Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center Pediatric Emergency Department; Spokane, WA

This addition creates a safe, calming environment for young patients in traumatic circumstances. The building’s ‘emergency red’ panels serve as recognizable focal point on the medical campus, while a light-filled atrium accented by wood and warm colors welcomes visitors arriving from the sheltered drop-off zone. Clinical and public spaces employ graphics, art, comfortable furnishings, and inspirational displays to create restorative surroundings. The Kid’s Club overlooks a healing garden, providing refuge and views for patients and their families. Advanced medical care is delivered via central care team zones close to patient care areas; glass partitions allow visual connections with acoustical privacy.

New York Hospital Queens Astoria Primary Care Clinic; Queens, New York
Michielli + Wyetzner Architects

This new offsite primary care clinic is one in a series of new neighborhood practices intended to raise the profile of the New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) in the surrounding community. Located in Astoria on a corner site along a busy thoroughfare, the two-story brick building was completely gutted to accommodate new exam and consultation rooms. A perforated metal screen masks the irregular pattern of existing windows on the ground floor, allowing daylight to enter during the day and artificial light to emit a glow at night. An illuminated ceiling is visible through the full height glass, contributing to the unique presence of NYHQ in the neighborhood. The attention to detail, abundance of natural light, and select use of color make this a soothing and sophisticated patient environment.

Vitenas Cosmetic Surgery and Mirror Mirror Beauty Boutique; Houston
Harrell Architects, LP

This ambulatory surgery center is squeezed into a tight 19,100-square-foot site that was completely redeveloped. The resulting three story building reflects the surgeon’s personal style and emulates the quality of his cosmetic surgery practice. The exterior is clad in white metal panels, corrugated zinc panels, and white plaster; all accented by the two story corner “jewel box” window wall. The interiors continue the sleek design of the building exterior with minimal color and crisp detailing that speak of the surgeon’s attention to design. A variety of textures were introduced via the flooring, custom wall panels, and drapery. The design puts patients at ease with its elegant palette of materials, furnishings and lighting.

Category B

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare; Toronto
Planning, Design and Compliance Architects: Stantec Architecture / KPMB Architects
Design, Build, Finance and Maintain Architects: HDR Architecture / Diamond Schmitt Architects

Bridgepoint Active Healthcare is designed to meet the needs of those coping with complex chronic disease. In a setting inspired by nature, rehabilitation is fostered by motivating recovery through salutogenic design that connects with a person’s sense of physical and emotional well-being. From animated public spaces to intimate private ones, Bridgepoint embraces community and landscape. Panoramic views in every patient room, open terraces on the roof, mid-tower and at grade provide broad visual engagement with the surrounding community. These linkages are ‘personalized’ across the building facade with a seemingly randomized pattern of 472 vertical window projections, each representing a patient.

Category C

Fifth XiangYa Hospital; Changsha, China

Located in ChangSha, China in the growing Tianxian district, the Fifth XiangYa Hospital is slated to anchor the developing community adjacent to Xianguling Park. The hospital is connected to the park, both physically and visually. The new 2,500-bed hospital will provide a new world class model for the delivery of healthcare in an integrated, efficient and uplifting environment. Each half of the campus is organized around a central concourse, along which all the clinical functions are organized. The meandering inpatient towers hover above it. Two levels of service functions and parking provide the operational base below ground.

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Robley Rex VA Replacement Medical Center and VBO Office Building; Louisville, Kentucky
URS/SmithGroup Joint Venture

The future Robley Rex VA Medical Center embraces a model of care that embodies healing with honor. By consciously integrating nature with architecture, patients and families will find solidarity and respite in a light-filled concourse, quiet air gardens, and elevated courtyards. Each setting offers a unique experience, from contemplation to celebration; and provides a framework for integrating art, education, and support. Designed as a full replacement of the existing facility, the cost-effective facility is planned for one million square feet of inpatient and outpatient services and 104 beds, providing north central Kentucky and southern Indiana veterans with easy, timely access to care.

Category D

Studio Dental Mobile Unit
Montalba Architects, Inc.

Montalba Architects Inc.’s primary challenge was to create a spacious interior while accommodating Studio Dental’s required program for its Mobile Unit, which travels to businesses offering convenient dentistry. The 26-foot-long trailer with 230 interior square feet features a waiting area, sterilization room, and two operatories. The sterilization room is hidden behind millwork panels that wrap around to form the patient waiting bench. A centralized, double-sided millwork panel houses equipment for both operatories and gestures up to 11-foot-plus ceilings with translucent sculpted skylights. The materials reinforce Studio Dental’s identity with natural wood millwork, bright-white surfaces, and a custom perforation pattern.
Jurors for the 2015 National Healthcare Design Awards include: Scott Habjan, AIA(Chair), SOM; Michael Folonis, FAIA, Michael W. Folonis Architects; Charles H. Griffin, AIA, WHR Architects, Inc.; Elizabeth Mahon, AIA, Ballinger; Marc Marchant, AIA, LS3P Associates LTD.; Connie McFarland, FAIA, McFarland Architects and Joseph Strauss, AIA, Cleveland Clinic (this juror was recused from the review of the Cleveland Clinic, Brunswick Family Health Center Emergency Department project).

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