Healthcare design is going natural. In fact, some award-winning facilities look more like country clubs than they do hospitals, medical clinics or senior centers.
This year, eight of 12 projects recognized in MODERN HEALTHCARE's Design Awards Competition incorporated landscaping, courtyards and gardens as part of their designs. Some winning facilities took nature one step further: They brought it indoors.
"There is a growing body of research that indicates nature plays an important part in the healing process," said D. Kirk Hamilton, one of this year's judges. "This particular element in healthcare design will continue to play an important role."
In addition to serene surroundings, this year's projects shared cohesive floor plans and spacious interiors.
The 11th annual awards, sponsored by MODERN HEALTHCARE and the American Institute of Architects' Academy of Architecture for Health, recognize excellence in the design and planning of new and remodeled healthcare facilities. Both built and unbuilt projects are eligible for the competition.
In the built category, the highest award went to the North Wing Addition of Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn. Griffin is a 180-bed community hospital that incorporates the Planetree model of patient-focused care.
Citation awards in the built category went to a private psychiatric and substance-abuse treatment facility in Lemont, Ill.; ambulatory-care centers in Boston and Jenks, Okla.; a children's hospital in Providence, R.I.; a maternity and surgery center in Santa Cruz, Calif.; and a senior center in East Point, Ga.
Honorable mention awards in the built category were awarded to a community and health wellness center in East Hampton, N.Y.; and an acute-care hospital and medical office building in Ocoee, Fla.
In the unbuilt category, one citation and two honorable mentions were awarded. The citation went to a comprehensive medical center in Lancaster, Calif., scheduled to break ground in early spring 1997.
One domestic and one international project received honorable mentions: an acute-care hospital and medical office building in Santa Clara, Calif., scheduled to break ground in mid-summer 1997; and a 1,007-bed replacement hospital in Seoul, South Korea, scheduled to break ground in spring 1997.
Judges based their decisions on nine criteria: design excellence, economy, effective use of site, environmental harmony, functional utility, energy efficiency, attention to social concerns, handicapped accessibility and flexibility.
"There were many good projects considering the number submitted," said Morris A. Stein, chairman of the judging panel. He cited both the quality and the quantity of the entries. The panel of architects and healthcare administrators met in Chicago in late August to review submissions for 170 built projects and 64 unbuilt projects. The total of 234 projects was the highest ever submitted in the competition. The awards will be presented Nov. 7 in Charlotte, N.C., at the academy's annual conference.
"Clients demand higher quality of space and environment," said judge David Christy Thompson. "We are now paying attention to smaller detail. By looking at what has been done in the past, we are able to assess our mistakes."
The judging panel included:
D. Kirk Hamilton, principal at Watkins Carter Hamilton, Bellaire, Texas.
Lawrence P. Lammers, chief executive officer of Lammers & Gershon Associates, Reston, Va.
Robin Orr, president of Robin Orr Group, Tiburon, Calif.
William H. Paxson, partner in Davis, Brody & Associates, New York.
Deborah Rohde, vice president of facilities development for Advocate Health Care, Oak Brook, Ill.
Christopher Rudolph, president of Rudolph & Associates, Chicago.
Dewey Schultz, administrator of real estate services for Children's Memorial Medical Center, Chicago.
Morris A. Stein, president of Stein Cox Group, Phoenix.
David Christy Thompson, principal of Architects Bundy & Thompson, San Diego.