Memorial Hospital North [Colorado Springs, CO]
Project category: New construction (completed April 2007)
Chief administrator: Richard Eitel, Chief Executive Officer, (719) 365-5116
Firm: Jonathan Bailey Associates, (469) 227-3900
Design team: Jonathan Bailey, Director of Design; Tom Dwyer, Executive-in-Charge; Charles Lowry, Project Manager/Construction Administration; Andrew Flanigan, Project Planner (Jonathan Bailey Associates); Dennis Rudko, Senior Project Manager, MEP (Cator, Ruma & Associates Co.); Richard Zinser, Principal, Senior Structural Engineer (Zinser Grossman)
Photography: Joel Eden
Total building area (sq. ft.): 210,000
Construction cost/sq. ft.: $350
Total construction cost (excluding land): $73,600,000
The new 200,000-sq.-ft., 88-bed satellite facility is a showpiece of operationally efficient space utilization and design that is aesthetically sensitive to the surrounding environment. Located on an 82-acre, undeveloped site with vistas of the Front Range Mountains, this facility uses local materials and a natural palette to convey an atmosphere more akin to a resort hotel than an acute care hospital. The hospital was designed with an emphasis on creating a healing environment that offers privacy and comfort as the core design elements for patients and family.
The five-story building, the first phase in a multiphase campus development, has a full range of diagnostic and treatment services and is designed with three unique, ellipsis-shaped wings. Each floor offers private rooms with sweeping views of the city's lights or picturesque landscapes of the Black Forest or Front Range Mountains. Staff benefits from an extremely efficient layout of patient rooms, designed in oval-shaped clusters and situated just steps away from a central nursing station. Each floor also includes family areas with kitchens and fireplaces.
The garden level houses six state-of-the-art surgical suites with pre-op and post-op units. The first floor houses the emergency department and has 18 beds with three triage bays. The waiting room features a fireplace and is decorated in natural, soothing tones and materials, creating a warm, calming effect.
The second floor is the birth center. It has two operating rooms, 13 patient rooms, an eight-bed nursery and a six-bed NICU. Each of the birthing suites is decorated in warm colors and is equipped with a Jacuzzi tub or oversized shower. They all have recliners for dads staying overnight. An outdoor terrace completes the birth center.
Orthopedics is on the third floor and includes a rehabilitation gym. Surgical and acute inpatient medical services are located on the fourth floor.
A sweeping two-story, glass-walled atrium frames a breathtaking view of Pikes Peak. The atrium offers comfortable, private seating areas with a lodge-like feel, fireplaces, and a garden terrace café.
Within the building shell are 40,000 square feet of integrated medical offices and 18,000 square feet of shell space for future expansion. This building and site organization will allow for seamless expansion into an overall 500-bed–capacity facility. Additionally, two of the pods can be vertically expanded, offering two more floors.