Top 5 Architectural Gifts To Healthcare In 2013
We media outlets do love our lists this time of year, don't we? On the heels of Jennifer Kovacs Silvis's top 10 list of articles from yesterday--and continuing a theme from last year--I give you the Healthcare Design editors' picks for our favorite new healthcare projects that opened their doors in 2013.
Chickasaw Nation Health Clinic-Tishomingo, Tishomingo, Okla. Completed in January 2013. This beautiful, 50,000-square-foot clinic is more than five times the size of the facility it replaced, significantly expanding the space and services for the Native American population it serves. The designers integrated colors and symbols of great significance to the culture in a thoroughly modern and design-forward way.
Seattle Children’s Building Hope addition, Seattle. Completed in April 2013. This impressive, thoughtful addition features the country’s first inpatient cancer unit dedicated to teens and young adults, as well as a new emergency department. Built using Lean principles, it's 330,000 square feet and eight stories high, tracking LEED Gold.
Spaulding Rehabilitiation Hospital, Boston. Completed in April 2013. A stunning waterfront hospital that integrates with the surrounding community in a unique way, Spaulding features an intelligent approach to resilient design that offers important lessons for facilities of all types. The 236,585-square-foot space is also a great example of building in access to nature with a very specific, tailored intention.
T.J. Health Pavilion in Glasgow, Ky. Completed in May 2013. The conversion of non-healthcare spaces into outpatient clinics, medical office buildings (MOBs), and other healthcare service spaces is taking off in a big way. And this 227,000-square-foot facility is an excellent example of what can be accomplished: The well-integrated space is a former Walmart store, of all things, plus an added-on MOB.
Naval Hospital at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton, California. Completed in October 2013. The transitioning of patients into this $456 million, 500,000-square-foot replacement hospital overlooking the Pacific Ocean is finalizing as we speak. Expected to earn LEED Gold certification, the facility--replacing one built in 1974--achieved all five Innovation in Design credits through the use of more than 20 percent recycled content, reduced water usage, restoration of vegetative open space that's more than twice the footprint of the building, and implemention of a campus-wide education program that highlights the hospital’s sustainability.