Type of facility: Critical-access hospital/clinic
Client: Orange City Area Health System
Project architects: HGA, Minneapolis; Cannon Moss Brygger and Associates, Sioux City, Iowa
Construction manager: W.A. Klinger, Sioux City, Iowa
Completed: May 2006
Size: 128,000 square feet
Cost: $22.2 million
Cost per square foot: $173
Hospital administrators describe the reinvention of the Orange City Area Health System as the story of two towns coming together to build an investment in their future. The northwestern Iowa communities of Orange City and Alton showed overwhelming support for the project-bond referendums were passed in both cities; and $5 million in donations was raised by the community, with critical support from local businesses.
Orange City Hospital now sits on a 36-acre site, and judges note the project's fit within the rural community's agricultural landscape.
"It's the perfect fit for that region-the stone and the natural materials and the use of natural light really create a message of warmth and healing," says contest judge Jim Brinkley of the 25-bed facility.
In addition to the use of stone, brick and wood throughout the building, artwork featuring aerial photos of the two cities and a soothing wall fountain greet patients and visitors in the lobby. The structure's curved shape mimics the rolling countryside, while wood beams and ceiling panels were inspired by nearby farm buildings.
Another central feature of the project is its chapel with a spiral ceiling, which features a sloping stone wall and skylight. Some judges note the appropriateness of such a space within the deeply spiritual community.