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24th Annual Design Awards - 2009

Making accommodations

By Andis Robeznieks  |  September 07, 2009

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.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE/BUILT: Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Rapids, Minn.

AWARD OF EXCELLENCE/BUILT: Grand Itasca Clinic & Hospital, Grand Rapids, Minn.

By Andis Robeznieks  |  September 07, 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.

HONORABLE MENTION/BUILT: Children's Medical Center at Legacy, Plano, Texas

HONORABLE MENTION/BUILT: Children's Medical Center at Legacy, Plano, Texas

By Andis Robeznieks  |  September 07, 2009

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: Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, Redwood City, Calif.

HONORABLE MENTION/BUILT: Stanford Medicine Outpatient Center, Redwood City, Calif.

By Andis Robeznieks  |  September 07, 2009

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.

CITATION/BUILT: Miller Family Pavilion and Glickman Tower, Cleveland

CITATION/BUILT: Miller Family Pavilion and Glickman Tower, Cleveland

By Andis Robeznieks  |  September 07, 2009

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.”

CITATION/BUILT: SSM St. Clare Health Center, St. Louis County, Mo.

CITATION/BUILT: SSM St. Clare Health Center, St. Louis County, Mo.

By Andis Robeznieks  |  September 07, 2009

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.

Photo Gallery: 2009 Architectural Design Awards

Photo Gallery: 2009 Architectural Design Awards

September 07, 2009

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.

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