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Located on a 44-acre campus in Brooklyn that included 20 buildings ranging in age from 50 to 100 years old, the Kings County Hospital Center was said to be confusing and often intimidating to patients, inefficient and costly to run, and not much to look at. The Skidmore, Owings & Merrill design, implemented over a nine-year period, replaced all patient-care facilities, installed a more-organized site plan and generally transformed and spruced up the complex.
This deserves an award just for beautifying the area, says judge Rebecca Swanston, principal of Baltimore-based Swanston & Associates. I like this project.
Skidmore, Owings Associate Partner Rob Rothblatt says his firm was given one basic charge: Connect our hospital with the community.
They wanted to let the community know this hospital was there for them, says Rothblatt, who served as senior designer for the project. This is a fabulous project for the firm because it was the uplifting and transforming of an old campus located in this underserved part of Brooklyn.