Project category: New construction (completed January 2012)

Firms: ZGF Architects LLP, (503) 224-3860

Design team: Bob Frasca, Design Partner; Robert Packard, Partner-in-charge; Sharron van der Meulen, Principal Interior Designer; Kip Storey, Project Manager; Halliday Meisburger, Project Architect

Photography: Nick Merrick; Eckert & Eckert

Total building area (sq. ft.): 334,000

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $344

Total construction cost (excluding land): $115,000,000

The new 334,000 SF, nine-story Randall Children’s Hospital consolidates previously dispersed pediatric care and creates a new identity for the children’s hospital on the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center campus in Portland, Oregon. It houses 165 inpatient beds for Acute Care, Neonatal Intensive Care, and Pediatric Intensive Care; the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Unit; a new pediatric Emergency Department; and a Day Surgery Unit with direct access to Surgery in the main hospital. The hospital places families at the center of care; amenities are abundant and fully integrated, narrowing the gap between hospitality and healthcare. Careful thought was given to the selection of materials used – such as bamboo doors for patient rooms and custom-designed elements and furnishings like sculptural, wood pendant light fixtures – providing a non-institutional quality unlike that of a typical hospital.

All rooms and workspaces provide comfortable places to involve families in the healing process, while enhancing staff workflow. From therapeutic gardens and a dedicated art studio, to a wellness center and expanded sleeping and storage facilities, new trends were explored to create an atmosphere of hospitality and healing, both within the patient room and throughout the hospital. The patient floors have two-story, glass-enclosed family lounges that offer excellent views and feel open, spacious and bright. Designed to mimic a home environment, the lounges provide space for respite and relaxation and enable families to gather and share a meal, watch television, play a game, etc., and further contribute to an atmosphere of hospitality.