This 160,000 square-foot inpatient tower project is built adjacent to an existing clinical center that creates a medical campus to provide premier healthcare services to an underserved area and is the first choice for patient care in the region. Hospital amenities include a 12-bed labor and delivery unit, an 8-bed women’s services unit, a 24-bed ICU, and two floors that each accommodate 24-bed medical/surgical suites. In addition to all-private patient rooms, the tower includes shared and amenity spaces such as conference rooms, dining, a chapel, courtyard spaces and a 7,800-square-foot central energy plant (CEP).
The client was committed to providing an exceptional, hospitality-inspired patient experience and an aesthetic that spoke to the state-of-the-art healthcare they provide. Inspired by the Intracoastal Waterway the contemporary exterior features large expanses of glazing, sleek aluminum panels, a silver ribbon and spinning forms that rotate on each other to represent winding grass islands and water. From the courtyard connecting the two buildings on campus to the terraces and balconies, the interior and exterior are blended. The site’s location, adjacent to protected wetlands and waterways, inspired a clean, environmentally sensitive approach to design. Any roof visible to a patient is a green roof, which also contributes to the LEED strategy. The entry to the site has a park-like feel, with parking fields pushed to the sides and rear of the building. Aesthetics were imperative, even for back of house functions, such as the CEP. A masonry wall shields a loading dock from patient view. Clinical functions, whereer possible, have also been concealed.
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