Type of facility: New acute-care hospital
Client: Parker Adventist Hospital
Project architects: HKS, Dallas
Construction manager: Kitchell Contractors, Colorado Springs, Colo.
Completed: November 2003
Cost: $52 million
Cost per square foot: $248
At 101-bed Parker (Colo.) Adventist Hospital, the lobby features a three-story fireplace and wooden accents inspired by the facility's setting, the Rocky Mountains-a vista that provides the backdrop for all the private patient rooms.
"This new hospital truly is reflecting its Colorado environment while being state-of-the-art for future technology," says judge Sue Brody.
Adds judge Peter Bardwell: "This facility exhibits elegant use of regional materials and forms, creating a harmony with its surroundings and a reassuring visual comfort to patients, staff and visitors."
The four-story, 210,000-square-foot hospital built with community recommendations combines progressive, functional features that allow for installing the latest technological and medical advances with architectural details that make the most of its location.
It's the first of a four-phase, 400-bed medical center planned for the 40-acre campus.
Judge Louis Pounders cited the "lodgelike" details. "The welcoming character of the public spaces and the crisp professionalism of the patient rooms indicate a thoroughly integrated design approach," he says.