Types of facilities: Hospital and outpatient clinics
Client: Yuma Regional Medical Center
Project architect: HKS Architects, Dallas
Construction manager: McCarthy, St. Louis
Completion: April 1994
Size: 63,500 square feet new construction;
16,500 square feet renovation
Total cost: $11.1 million
Cost per square foot: $138
How often does a healthcare facility reflect its regional environment and remain flexible to design trends?
This replacement for existing obstetric/gynecological and pediatric services in new and renovated space "blends the Southwest character with health design ideas of the future," said Ms. Porter.
The project centralized obstetrics services with inpatient and outpatient gynecological services, including a designated surgical suite.
The facility defines flexibility, according to the jury. Some 24 labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum rooms were connected to other service areas in a design patterned in the shape of a foot. The design creates patient privacy yet ensures close proximity to needed services.
To accommodate anticipated seasonal surges in inpatient pediatric care, some rooms have the capability to become semiprivate rooms.
Innovative design concepts expanded the use of a nursing station, Ms. Burns said. In order to minimize the impact of the change to the new services from the traditional labor/delivery/postpartum concept, designers incorporated six labor/delivery/recovery/postpartum rooms and seven antepartum rooms around a nurse station. Over time, this allows a gradual transition into the new design concept.
With its use of geometrical shapes and Southwestern natural colors in the window designs, the facility blends elements that are consistent with the interior and exterior facades, the jury said.
"This project is a fresh interpretation of a regional aesthetic design," Ms. Weinstein said.