Type of facility: Surgery center
Client: University of Washington Medical Center, Seattle
Project Architects: NBBJ, Seattle; Keating/Khang Architects, Pasadena, Calif.
Construction manager: Hoffman Corp., Seattle
Completed: October 2003
Size: 174,169 gross square feet
Cost per square foot: $405
It's visually arresting," judge Gene Diamond says of the University of Washington Medical Center Surgery Pavilion in Seattle. Indeed, mixing glass, steel and concrete along with a metal roof, the 174,200-square-foot addition to the 386-bed University of Washington Medical Center cuts a commanding figure -- but only up close, however, as the building's architects went out of their way to make sure the surgery center kept a low profile in the neighborhood.
A large glass-curtain wall brings in sunlight and overlooks a city park, giving the waiting room a backdrop of nature. A grand three-story, white spiral staircase shines natural light all through the building's center.
The glass, metal and concrete show up in all aspects of the building, including the parking lot, which judges felt looked just as attractive as the rest of the pavilion.
The interior's "open design" pre-operation areas eliminate swinging-door routines among physicians, nurses and students, and allow more direct communication among all three.
"Most of these are minimal space structures," says judge Mark Wietecha. "This is airy and has lightness. Going to ambulatory services is no less scary but (this hospital) makes people feel better about these types of circumstances."