Type of facility: Consolidated inpatient-services tower
Client: Hadassah Medical Center
Project architects: HKS, Dallas; Spector Amisar, Jerusalem
Construction manager: N/A
Estimated completion: 2011
Size: 700,000 square feet
Cost: $220 million (estimate)
Cost per square foot: $315 (estimate)
The Hadassah Medical Center inpatient tower is all about striking a balance between the existing and the imagined, the judges say, with sensitivity to the greater community's various cultures, religions and socio-economic statuses. The 450-bed tower on the Ein Kerem campus-groundbreaking is expected in 2007-is intended to help bridge the gap between state-of-the-art medical advances and a 3,000-year-old city. It also hopes to serve as a complementary feature to the healthcare campus' existing structure, built in 1961.
The tower will connect on five levels to four buildings, offering various links and entry points for patients, sight-seers, staff and tourists visiting the campus' historical synagogue with its stained-glass windows designed by Marc Chagall.
Judges were impressed by the complexity of the project, as well as its grace in terms of connectivity and flow, but were unable to imagine the feel of the massive tower. "What it doesn't have now is ... how it feels at the human level of touch and sight," contest judge David Thompson says. "It shows a lot of promise in that regard, but you have to go from the very huge scale of this building down to the human scale."
At 700,000 square feet, the large building will sit on a tightly constrained, sloped 1.34 acres at the northwest corner of the campus. Its focus is set around four main principles: a healing environment, connectivity, emergency medical response and sustainability.