Type of facility: Combined acute-care hospital with ambulatory care and integrated parking structure
Client: Oregon Health & Science University, Portland
Project architects: Perkins & Will, Los Angeles; Petersen Kolberg & Associates, Portland
Construction manager: N/A
Completed: July 2006
Size: 335,000 square feet
Cost: $111.5 million
Cost per square foot: $332
The Peter O. Kohler Pavilion sits atop Portland's Marquam Hill on a steeply sloping site overlooking the city, nearby Mount Hood and the Willamette River. Judges see the structure as a striking addition to the surrounding land.
"I appreciated the way the building was integrated into the terrain, with a very difficult setting and very difficult tie-ins," says contest judge Jeff Brickman.
The project site combined four metaphorical components of the Pacific Northwest-forest, mountain, city and history-to add a landmark building to the Oregon Health & Science University's sprawling campus. In addition to incorporating the four design elements, project architects employed several sustainable features to further both the university's and city's "green" design goals: four roof gardens, plant screening, trees and native grasses to conceal the new parking garage.
In addition to the patient tower's proposed program, which includes 26 intensive-care unit beds, 60 medical-surgical beds and eight operating rooms, the building also serves as a vital public hub, connecting patients, visitors and staff to several other buildings on the campus through a circulation spine called the "ninth floor superhighway." Large outdoor quadrangles, public overlooks and healing gardens will also be accessible from the connecting floor.