Type of facility: freestanding, full-service hospital
Client: Woodwinds Health Campus
Project architect: NBBJ, Columbus, Ohio
Construction manager: Kraus-Anderson Construction Co.,
St. Paul, Minn.
Completed: July 2000
Size: 278,000 square feet
Total cost: $50 million
Cost per square foot: $180
The challenge of designing the new Woodwinds Health Campus in Woodbury, Minn., was to provide flexibility for expansion while protecting and celebrating 32 acres of pristine wetlands, which meant a significant portion of the property was unavailable for construction.
The vision was to provide comfort for patients, their families and staff while also representing the community's spirit. Pathways run the length of a 90,000-square-foot medical office building and inpatient areas, culminating in a hub called the Towne Center; all patient areas can be reached from these primary corridors. Each corridor on the patient floor ends in spacious dayrooms with expansive views. For future capacity, a bed wing has been planned for the building's west side, away from the wetlands. Up to two floors can be added, which would nearly double the facility's bed capacity without increasing its sprawl.
The design team integrated regional elements into many design features. A large stone and brick fireplace in the Towne Center serves as a landmark for the entire campus. Railings and stairway incorporate laser-cut metal nature scenes from the region replicated by local artisans. Elements of local wildlife appear in the graphics and hospital directory. The site includes walking and jogging trails, an upscale cafe, a resource center and guest business office.
"Facility efficiencies were effectively achieved with hidden parking, energy-saving light sensors, and a design with a plan for future expansion," says judge Jerry Priest.