To view the 2007 Design Award Winners, click here.
In August 2005, a new hospital opened in Vancouver, Wash., and for the first time in its 150-year history, Southwest Washington Medical Center had competition. It looked to Seattle-based architects NBBJ for help facing up to the challenge.
Richard Dallam, an NBBJ partner and leader of its global healthcare practice, says Southwest Washington officials felt a need for renewal that included not only a desire to meet the needs of patients and staff, but also to promote wellness for the Vancouver community.
This was accomplished with the construction of a new, eight-story facility and the transformation of an adjacent parking lotthat covered about three city blocksinto a park. Design award judges gave high marks to the projects that made use of natural light and paid more attention to landscapingboth inside and outand the new tower and adjacent park make excellent use of both. The tower, which includes space for 154 private rooms, 13 operating rooms and other facilities, is designed to let in light and promote patient independence, Dallam says. There is also the sense of detail that the judges like, such as sliding translucent glass doors that simultaneously provide light and privacy.