This year, for the first time, Modern Healthcare invited nonhealthcare architects-Carol
Bentel, David Brems and Louis Pounders-to sit on the nine-member judging panel. Those judges
felt strongly about four projects for their aesthetics and "sustainability"-a current trend in
architecture focusing on environmentally friendly designs-that were rejected by the healthcare
architects who had seen superior entries in terms of flexibility, functionality and attention
to patient care.
Bentel says the four projects, despite the objections by her
healthcare-oriented peers, employed successful design techniques. "There was a simplicity
about (them) and a minimalist approach that was nice and clean," she says. The architects also
wanted to encourage architects who worked on smaller projects to nominate themselves for the
awards in the future.
Four projects that fell short of overall criteria used in judging the
awards but were noteworthy in other respects are presented below:
Brenner Children's Hospital, Winston-Salem, N.C.
Client: Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, Winston-Salem
Project architects: Stanley Beaman & Sears, Atlanta; Gresham Smith and Partners,
Construction manager: Bovis Lend Lease, Winston-Salem
Mayo Clinic-Leslie and Susan Gonda Building, Rochester, Minn.
Client: Mayo Clinic, Rochester
Project architects: Ellerbe Becket, Minneapolis; Cesar Pelli & Associates
Architects, New Haven, Conn.
Construction manager: Centex Rodgers, Rochester
Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt, Nashville
Client: Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Nashville
Project architects: Earl Swensson Associates, Nashville
Construction manager: Centex Rodgers, Nashville
Vein Center Houston
Client: Mario Kapusta, physician-owner, Houston
Project architects: Morris Architects, Houston
Construction manager: Keith Blair Construction, Houston