Type of facility: Acute-care hospital
Client: University of New Mexico Hospitals, Albuquerque
Project architect: Perkins & Will, Chicago
Construction manager: Jacobs Engineering Group, Pasadena, Calif., during design phase
Expected completion: September 2005
Size: 400,000 square feet
Projected cost: $100 million
Projected cost per square foot: $250
The Children's Hospital and Critical Care Pavilion, part of the University of New Mexico Hospitals, owes its unique shape to its surroundings.
The design of the first floor has been guided by the site's constraints. The main entrance has been moved to the north side of the facility, because of the southern border's proximity to a busy roadway. The upper floors then break away from the limits of the first floor into three wings, which also serve as canopies for public entrances. The wings are connected to the core structure by glass bridges that maximize natural lighting as well as make it easier for patients to find their way from one area to another.
The project is an example of "great planning that addresses the hard edges of its context," says AIA President Joan Saba, who facilitated the judging. "Simple wayfinding, clear delineating between departments and lots of natural light are the highlights."
The first two floors of the building are reserved for critical-care patients; the next two floors are for women and infants; and the top two floors have been designated for pediatric care.
"The shape of the site is used to energize the plan, creating variety in interior spaces," judge Gerald Oudens says.