Owner: Lake Health
Completion Date: August 2009
Architecture and Interior Design: Karlsberger, Columbus, Ohio
Construction Manager: Gilbane Building Company, Cleveland, Ohio
MEP Engineering: Karpinski Engineering, Cleveland, Ohio
Civil Engineering: CT Consultants, Willoughby, Ohio
Structural Engineering: Paul J. Ford & Co., Columbus, Ohio
Wetlands Consultant: HzW Environmental Consultants, Mentor, Ohio
IT/Communications: Smith Seckman Reid, Nashville, Tennessee
Snow Analysis: Rowan Williams Davies & Irwin Inc., Guelph, Ontario, Canada
Program Manager: Navigant Consulting Inc., Chicago
Photography: Scott Pease Photography, Aurora, Ohio
Total Building Area (excluding land): 297,500 square feet
Total Construction Cost: $102,000,000
Cost/Sq. Ft: $343
When the time came for Lake Health to replace LakeEast Hospital in Northeast Ohio, the decision was made to incorporate the latest life-saving technology, balanced with the healing environment guidelines of evidence-based design. The resulting four-story, 297,500-square-foot TriPoint Medical Center-accompanied by an adjacent 100,000-square-foot physician pavilion-stands as a unique juxtaposition of science and nature. Seated on a gorgeous 45-acre site complete with a pristine stream, TriPoint combines forward-thinking features like an electronic medical record (EMR) system and filmless digital radiology with a generous amount of natural light and five rooftop gardens. Lake Health President and CEO Cynthia Moore-Hardy and Senior Vice-President Steve Karns, along with Principal-in-Charge Bob Grundey, Project Architect Paul Schultz, and Director of Interior Design Susan Long from design firm Karlsberger spoke with HEALTHCARE DESIGN Editor-in-Chief Todd Hutlock about this remarkable project.
Steve Karns: In 2002, the Board of Trustees gave the go ahead to start the search for a replacement hospital for LakeEast Medical Center in Painesville, Ohio. Though the facility was fairly large, it was confined in an urban area and therefore had no room to expand. LakeEast was on 11 acres of land; the TriPoint site is 45 acres.
One early hurdle was that there was a little stream that ran across the property of which 100 feet had already been culverted. Our design for the parking area required more surface parking close to the entrance, so we made the request to culvert another 200 feet. The Corps of Engineers came in and did a study and found that it was a “pristine” stream, which was protected by the Corps of Engineers. It took about an additional year to work out this new culverting with the Corps of Engineers, but it gave us extra time to come up with the guiding principles of the project.
Cynthia Moore-Hardy: The stream was incorporated as a theme throughout the facility; it's present in the paving out in front of the hospital, and it “flows” all through the building. This actually fits in with the principles we came up with for the project. The hospital is part of The Center for Health Design's Pebble Project, and we used evidence-based research to guide the building's design, part of which was embracing the natural surroundings of the building. We made a concerted effort throughout the hospital to embrace nature, from the abundant use of natural light, through the artwork, to the views of the surrounding outdoors and rooftop gardens.
Bob Grundey: As soon as you enter the site, the drive winds through some manmade waterfalls and creeks, as well as the natural landscaping. To see that as soon as you come onto the site immediately establishes the connection to nature and healing. Instead of using a more traditional drainage system in the parking lot, we used bioswales and natural runoff to filter water through the ponds.