Architectural and interior design services were provided for a 338,000-sq.-ft. expansion project, Aultman 2010, at Aultman Hospital.

The addition is connected to the existing hospital via a four-story atrium lobby. The new facility houses several relocated departments: the Heart Center, Emergency & Trauma Department, and the Birth Center, including Labor and Delivery and a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

The unique pod arrangement of the 56 private treatment rooms in the Emergency & Trauma Department facilitates improved communications and traffic flow. Patients are kept near medical equipment and materials while being allowed interaction with the central communications station.

The Heart Center includes 18 same-day heart patient rooms; 56 universal heart patient rooms, used as ICU or step-down rooms; 30 open-heart-surgery patient rooms; and four open-heart operating rooms. The floor layouts were specifically designed to allow patients to be kept in the vicinity of specialty areas and testing utilities, eliminating the need to transport patients long distances for procedures.

The Birth Center includes Labor and Delivery and a Level III NICU. The Labor and Delivery rooms provide comfort for new mothers by allowing them to stay in the same room for labor and delivery through recovery and postpartum. The 25 private NICU rooms were designed to reduce noise levels and allow parents to stay close to their newborns.

The Aultman 2010 project not only met present hospital needs, but also provided ways to accommodate future improvements and growth.

Project category: New construction (completed June 2006)

Chief administrator: Ed Friedl, PE, Vice-President of Engineering Services, (330) 363-3427

Firm: Hasenstab Architects, Inc., (330) 434-4464

Design team: Robert Medziuch, AIA, ACHA, Principal-in-Charge; Amador Gonzalez, AIA, Design Architect; Scott Lukens, AIA, LEED AP, Design Architect; Ed Paine, AIA, Architect; Chris Betts, Intern; Leilani Barkan, Interior Designer

Photography: Scott Pease, Scott Pease Photography

Total building area (sq. ft.): 338,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $169

Total construction cost (excluding land): $57,000,000