In recent years, judges in the Modern Healthcare annual Design Awards contest noted how award-winning projects made exceptional use of natural light, and how the new facilities fit into and matched their environments. This year—the 24th annual design competition—judges noted these features again, but there was more.
24th Annual Design Awards - 2009
The design for the Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital in rural Grand Rapids, Minn., had to be innovative. Otherwise, the project would not have been built. Officials needed to replace the original hospital, built in 1917, but didn't have the funding. The decision was made to pursue an “innovation grant” from the Blandin Foundation, a local philanthropy established by paper magnate Charles K. Blandin.
It was originally intended to be a suburban primary-care center that would direct patients to the main campus of the Children's Medical Center in Dallas. But Children's Medical Center at Legacy—located on an 84-acre parcel known as Legacy Park—was ultimately built as a satellite location that mirrored the existing 314-bed hospital's academic medical center operation.
HONORABLE MENTION/BUILT: Kennedy Krieger Institute, Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building, Outpatient Center, Baltimore
While most children's healthcare facilities are loaded with “positive distractions,” designers say the aim at the Kennedy Krieger Institute's new outpatient center in the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Building was to dial that down.
The challenge before the architects at San Francisco-based Anshen & Allen was to transform an 11-acre, four-building vacated dot-com office complex into a satellite campus of the Stanford Hospital & Clinics system and create something “that would be the envy of everyone.” The design award judges say they met the challenge—and then some.
When it opens in late 2012, the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi hospital will be just like any other hospital. Or, more specifically, just like any other $2.5 billion facility built on a 260-acre man-made island.
As it planned the largest expansion in the institution's 88-year history, the Cleveland Clinic saw an opportunity to make a splash. “They were very clear about their goal,” says Doug Parris, a partner with NBBJ architects. “They wanted to create an urban icon—from a design standpoint—for the Cleveland Clinic. Their ‘front door' wasn't evident. They wanted something people would recognize and remember as they arrived at the clinic.”
While most award winners in the Modern Healthcare design contest are honored for fitting so well into their environments, SSM St. Clare Health Center—located in a developing area outside of St. Louis—took the opposite approach.
Modern Healthcare's 24th annual Design Awards program recognizes excellence in the design and planning of new and remodeled healthcare facilities. The program accepts submissions of all types and sizes of patient care-related facilities, and is open to registered architects only.