Award judge Henry Chao, a principal with HOK architects, New York, says another contest entry tried to achieve the same resort-level environment and “failed miserably,” but he says that designers put together a winning project with Springfield, Ore.-based Sacred Heart.
“To a degree, they had an architectural language that is not my favorite,” Chao says. “But the question is: ‘How did they meet the client's agenda and goals?' I think they did it successfully.”
Healthcare design firm Anshen and Allen of San Francisco teamed up with Wimberly Allison Tong & Goo, an Irvine, Calif.-based architecture firm of high-end resorts, to design the new $403 million healthcare facility on 181 acres along the McKenzie River, which had the goal of transforming the healing environment through hospitality-inspired design. “The client was very intent on having the hospitality aspect of the design be a main driver,” says Annie Coull, a principal and director of healthcare planning with Anshen and Allen.
Another driver was setting the tone for future development and establishing a wellness culture. So the facility's wooded, hilly campus includes wheelchair-accessible hiking/biking paths, and land has been set aside for homes, hotels and restaurants as well as for a conference center, assisted-living facility and medical retail space.
Coull says the desire for efficient work flow and ease of patient transportation also led to “boundaries blurring between imaging and surgery.”