Type of facility: replacement diagnostic center
Project architect: Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott, Boston
Construction manager: Walsh Brothers, Cambridge, Mass.
Completed: November 1994
Size: 363,000 square feet
Total cost: $80 million
Cost per square foot: $220
Because of its concise planning, urban details and natural lighting, the contest judges were unanimous in agreeing on this facility's design excellence.
"This was certainly one of the best projects we reviewed," panel member Robert Gramann said. "Its strong planning and detailing equal outstanding architecture."
The diagnostic referral center links Deaconess and other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals with Boston community hospitals, physicians and patients.
Through its consistent design patterns and attention to detail, this facility creates inviting spaces for patients, visitors and staff, judge Ken Kaiser said.
"The facility has clear public and staff circulation patterns," judge Donald McKahan added.
Located in downtown Boston, the seven-story building welcomes patients through a central garden that connects clinical pavilions to the main and emergency entrances.
Within the 363,000-square-foot building are 17 surgical suites with inpatient and outpatient capabilities, emergency and imaging departments, intensive-care suites and nursing units-all linked by a fiber-optic information system.
The overall planning of the facility takes into consideration the uncertainty of future delivery needs, the judges said. Step-down nursing units, for example, can be converted into intensive-care units with minimal renovation.
The judges said designs incorporate the needs of patients in the facility, especially the elderly. Benches and chairs line the corridors of the hospital for patient rest stops, and lowered ceilings distinguish nurse stations and corridor intersections.