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The thing that affected this project the most is that it projected a feeling of wellness, says Michael Smith, president and chief executive officer of Seattle-based Mahlum Architects and principal in charge of the new Providence Newberg (Ore.) Medical Center. This is really a wellness center, andif you need a hospital bedweve got some out back.
From its front entrance to details inside the patient rooms, judges liked the H-shaped institution that includes an acute-care facility with room for 40 beds on one side and a 45,000-square-foot medical office building on the other. The two rectangular pieces are linked by a cafe and dining room with gardens on either side.
Judges comments include words such as clean, consistent and even fun.
Judge Peter Ellis, a partner at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in Chicago, likes its lack of gimmicks and its restrained-but-refined design. It achieves a level of subtlety that few projects achieve, he says.
Its also the first hospital to achieve gold certification by the U.S. Green Building Councils Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating Systemwhich is appropriate since the facility is located on the former site of an organic farm.