Type of facility: Tertiary care
Client: University of Maryland Medical System, Baltimore
Project architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, New York; Perkins & Will, New York
Construction manager: Turner, Baltimore
Completed: August 2003
Size: 375,000 square feet new; 45,000 square feet renovation
Cost: $100 million
Cost per square foot: $238
The Weinberg Building, a tertiary-care facility in Baltimore, houses state-of-the-art clinical functions in a simply designed exterior, judges say.
Operating rooms are equipped with telemedicine connections and mobile monitors to display laboratory and diagnostic imaging results. Meanwhile, large bay windows in patient rooms allow natural light to play a role in the patient-care experience.
Judge Edward Huckaby calls the facility "an inner-city respite that blends well into the urban setting and warms the soul."
A garden on the ground floor of the atrium provides patients with privacy, while design touches such as the attachment of surgical equipment to ceiling beams allows more space and flexibility. The 375,000-square-foot addition includes the hospital's emergency department, inpatient rooms and imaging and surgery services.
The large atrium joins the new and old parts of the hospital.
"The public atrium really brings everything into focus with the clinical programs surrounding the atrium," says judge Randy Peterson, noting "the excellence of the design" as well as its functionality.