Completed within a tight 14-month schedule, Brooksville Regional Hospital is an 186,000-sq.-ft., three-story facility with 91 patient rooms designed for patient-focused care. The owner's goal was to provide an acute care facility featuring advanced healthcare technologies and services to a rapidly growing rural community.

With a focus on patient-centered care, the hospital's welcoming environment incorporates natural lighting and interiors that include light wood, warm ceramic tile, comfortable furnishings, and original artwork by local artists. The contemporary exterior is faced with white stucco and blue/green glass that reflects the surrounding tropical Florida landscape.

The front entrance canopy, resembling an airport drop-off, was designed to create multiple, decentralized entries that are easily identifiable. As a result of this design concept, patient registration, information, and primary outpatient, inpatient, and emergency services are immediately accessible. Colocation of clinical diagnostic and treatment services improves patient flow and turnaround time for emergency care and ambulatory patients.

Open floor plans designed for effortless wayfinding help patients easily navigate the main corridor of the facility, and a patient-staff walkway enables them to locate key services, which include: cardiology, respiratory, rehabilitative care, women's health and pediatrics, diagnostic imaging, a clinical pathology lab, and nutritional counseling.

Designed for future vertical and horizontal expansions with minimal disruption to existing operations, Brooksville Regional Hospital brings an expanded level of healthcare services to its community in a caring environment.

Project category: New construction (completed September 2005)

Chief administrator: Tom Barb, CEO, (352) 796-5111

Firm: HHCP Architects, (407) 875-2722

Design team: Charles Braun, FAIA, Principal-in-Charge; Bruce Hartwigsen, AIA, Designer/Planner; Dan Houston, AIA, Project Manager; Dave Skufza, Project Coordinator (HHCP Architects); Russ Heiken, PE, MEP Engineering Consultant (GRG Consulting Engineers); Tom Tarpy, Jr., PE, Structural Engineering Consultant (Stanley D. Lindsey & Associates)

Photography: ©2006 Raymond Martinot

Total building area (sq. ft.): 186,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: Not released

Total construction cost (excluding land): Not released