Type of facility: medical center
Client: Children's Hospital and Health Center, San Diego
Project architect: Anshen+Allen Architects, San Francisco
Construction manager: Turner Construction, San Diego
Expected completion: July 2003
Size: 115,000 square feet
Total cost: $28 million
Cost per square foot: $243
Judge Roxanne Sherbeck says the planned Children's Hospital and Health Center Convalescent Care Hospital's strong form will relate well to the San Diego environment, while also providing human scale spaces that are important for long-term residential occupancy.
This 59-bed skilled-nursing facility for children will provide "a wonderful use of gardens to create a soft, healing and calming environment," says judge David Veillette.
The design of the children's hospital is intended to balance privacy with opportunities for communal interaction. Patient rooms on three floors are to be built over an underground hidden parking garage and will ring a sunken, circular garden courtyard that brings light to all levels and opens onto distant views.
All of the shared, two-bed patient rooms are designed to give patients direct outdoor access to either the garden or a balcony.
"I found the central courtyard design to be an outstanding focal point to build access to from all patient rooms," says judge Jerry Priest. "Other congregating space highlighted with the use of natural light was a big plus."
Priest also says the hidden parking below the hospital and built into the hill behind it helps improve access to the facility while enhancing its campus look.
In addition to the dining space, other public areas of the facility include water therapy and sensory spaces, both treated as geometrically distinct objects attached to the building's exterior.