“Most awards go to buildings that the architects love, but the design—how it flows through this project—is something most patients could relate to,” says Design Awards judge Jocelyn Frederick, a principal with Tsoi/Kobus & Associates. “I think, with this building, they had a real nice balance with sophisticated attention to detail—but there's also a lot of warmth in here.”
She says the project's balance extended to finding the right mix of meeting patient expectations while enhancing staff efficiency.
Judge Aurelio Posada, senior architectural designer with HuntonBrady Architects, calls it a “strong project without being flashy,” and notes that its real value lies in how it transformed the existing campus.
“They had an old and tired facility, and this became the new brand for the hospital, the new icon,” he says. “I think the most important thing about this one is that it became the new central feature.”
Completed in April 2011, the LEED Gold-certified facility includes 128,000 square feet of new construction, 23,000 square feet of renovated space, and is situated to offer the best views of the nearby canyon and capture as much sunlight as possible.