Type of facility: Ambulatory-care center for specialty services
Client: Banner Health, Phoenix
Project architect: OWP/P, Chicago
Construction manager: DPR Construction, Phoenix
Completed: September 2004
Size: 220,000 square feet (new); 295,000 square feet (renovation)
Cost: $39.9 million new; $11 million renovation
Cost per square foot: $181 new; $37 renovation
The addition of 220,000 square feet and the renovation of 295,000 square feet at 577-bed Banner Good Samaritan Medical Center, Arizona's largest hospital, consolidates outpatient services, women's health, imaging and cardiology into a single location. It also serves as the hospital's new main entrance. But a merging of the exterior and interior landscapes, the integration of indigenous materials and the use of location-appropriate decorations were the details the judges lauded most.
"The gardens were very inventive," says judge David Thompson. "By incorporating different types of plantings and the use of gravel mulch, they used a variety of things that were appropriate to the environment."
A neutral color palette with vibrant highlights inside the facility and canopies providing shelter among the therapeutic gardens outside pay homage to the surrounding Sonoran Desert and the bright Arizona sun. A 150-foot-high curving wall of native sandstone serves as an orientation device, guiding hospital traffic to the pre-existing building.
The desert gardens provide more than a scenic backdrop for visitors, as patients can receive infusion treatments outside in a relaxing, nonclinical environment when the weather permits.
"The place is bathed in daylight, but because of the wonderful use of sun screening and due to its location, it did not become overwhelming," says judge Marsha Berger.