Health Central-West Orange Hospital
Type of facility: Acute-care hospital and medical office building
Client: West Orange Memorial Hospital, Winter Garden, Fla.
Project architect: HKS Architects, Dallas
Construction manager: Robins and Morton Corp., Birmingham, Ala.
Completed: February 1993
Size: 260,000 square feet
Total cost: $34.8 million
Cost per square foot: $135
This project is a collage of distinct architectural forms that establishes a nontraditional and well-articulated identity, the jury said.
Designed much like a huge mall, the facility combines a 141-bed acute-care hospital with physician suites and related retail shops. In addition, there's a resource center for health promotion and a rehabilitation center. Of the 260,000 total square feet, 50,000 is designated for physician office space.
Nine thousand square feet is dedicated to a glass atrium housing palm trees and greenery, emphasizing the importance of nature. Vivid colors fill the main floor of the atrium. Electric blue retro-style chairs brighten the park-like setting, and the registration area resembles a hotel check-in counter.
"This project is competently planned, but its most important contribution is to take the opportunity to challenge traditional image. The colors, shapes and forms force you to be engaged by the healthcare system," said judge Morris A. Stein.
Windows are used generously in this facility along with various geometric figures like the red rectangle that occupies a large part of one exterior wall.
From outside, the building looks larger than it is. The inside is organized into specific components, with the nursing tower acting like the arms and legs of the facility.
"Architecture is communicating a change in medical treatment perception," said panel member Christopher Rudolph. "With encouragement for interpretation of changing attitudes for institutional models, this project invites our applause."