Baptist Health Care Brent Lane Campus

Located on 57 acres in Pensacola, Fla., Baptist Health Care’s new full-scale campus is home to a new 10-story, 268-bed hospital; the six-story, 178,000-square-foot Bear Family Foundation Health Center; and a 72-bed behavioral health unit.

The campus is organized around a park-like town square that includes groves of heritage oak trees and amenities such as walking paths, rehab areas, and healing gardens. The exterior design pays homage to the historical character of Pensacola’s local buildings and celebrates the beach community’s natural surroundings, drawing inspiration from wind-swept sand ripples, shifting clouds, and the way light filters through trees. The precast panels are comprised of white Pensacola sand, warm terracotta accents the public entrances, and large spans of glazing flood the interior with natural light.

The interior of each building takes cues from the exterior design, using handcrafted materials—such as wood, bronze, and terrazzo—to create a warm, welcoming environment. Drawing inspiration from the oaks in the town square, large scale light fixtures reference sunlight streaming through Spanish moss, while planters and full-height windows also bring the outdoors inside.

Transparent and translucent glass reduce patient anxiety at clinical entries, which are denoted by accent lighting and wood ceiling treatments. Views of the town square from public areas connect patients to nature and lightwells bring daylight deep into the hospital building’s core. To further enhance wayfinding, the idea of the horizon was used as the major organizing element for the finish palette and colors subtly shift on each floor.

FIRM: Gresham Smith,

DESIGN TEAM: Gresham Smith (architecture, interior design, MEP engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, landscape architecture); Brasfield & Gorrie (general contractor); Meadows & Ohly (program manager); Smith, Seckman Reid (medical equipment planning, technology design); Inman and Associates (food service consulting)

COMPLETED: September 2023

Penn Medicine Radnor

Having outgrown an ambulatory care facility with inadequate ceiling heights and disorganized layouts, Penn Medicine sought to build a new ambulatory care center designed for regeneration of both human health and the site; sustainability and enhancing the experience of patients, visitors, and staff were primary goals. The new facility in Radnor, Pa., provides comprehensive cancer care, including radiation oncology services and chemotherapy, as well as primary care, heart and vascular, orthopedic and neuroscience care. The clinical program includes six operating rooms and four endoscopy suites, along with full laboratory services.

Sustainability and enhancing the experience of patients, visitors, and staff were critical concerns, and the facility is designed for regeneration of both the site and human health. Patients enter a light-filled lobby featuring a warm palette, and interior materials address functionality, durability and infection control concerns, and visually communicate tranquility.

The building’s “U” shape focuses the public area of the building inward toward the courtyard. A circulation corridor around the interior garden enhances wayfinding and orients patients, and all suite entrances are situated around this courtyard to ensure a consistent patient experience across treatment modalities. A bridge connects the building’s two wings and serves in part as a naturally-lit lounge for patients and staff, with sweeping views to nature.

The LEED Gold, 4-story facility includes surrounding rain gardens and native plants designed for all four seasons. Water management elements such as rain gardens and meadows are woven naturally throughout the grounds, where they reduce runoff and welcome visitors—humans and pollinators alike.

FIRM: Ballinger,

DESIGN TEAM: Ballinger (architecture, master planning, structural engineering); Stantec (MEP); Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects (landscape architecture); Pennoni (civil engineering); The Lighting Practice (lighting design); Atelier Ten (LEED/sustainability); RWDI (acoustics and vibration); HBS (medical equipment)


Reading Tower Health

Focused on the patient/family experience and integration with the existing hospital campus, the Ballinger-designed Reading HealthPlex turns the site and program challenges into opportunities for connectivity, enhanced green space, and advanced medical care.

This new building in Reading, Pa., which represents the next phase of Tower Health’s long-range master plan for the Reading Hospital campus, consolidates campus-wide surgical services, expands emergency medicine, and adds 150 new private patient rooms to the urban institution.

A significant portion of the surgical program is situated below-grade, satisfying the clinical need to co-locate surgical services on a single level and enabling more efficient patient and staff flows.

A five-story patient tower rises from this landscaped plinth and connects to existing adjacent buildings, completing a major public circulation axis that extends across the campus. The new patient rooms contained within the tower are equipped with sophisticated smart room technologies designed to improve the quality of patient care.

Over 70% of the project footprint is covered by an accessible green roof, achieved by employing a 30-foot grade change on the building site.

Beyond providing expansive beauty and space for respite, the roof garden serves as a central wayfinding element, allowing everyone on campus to orient themselves and sense the grounds. Its design reaches out to adjacent public gardens and a nearby art museum, physically integrating the complex with the assets of the community.

FIRM: Ballinger,

DESIGN TEAM: Ballinger (architecture, facility master planning, interior design, structural engineering); Jonathan Alderson Landscape Architects (landscape architecture); Studio Sustena (green roof); The Lighting Practice (lighting design); Jensen Hughes and RWDI (engineering consultants); Medequip International (medical equipment); FEW Heliports (heliports)


Middleman Family Pavilion, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia at King of Prussia

Extending specialized care into the growing communities surrounding the Philadelphia metropolitan area, the Middleman Family Pavilion (King of Prussia, Pa.) was conceived as a beacon of hope. CHOP envisioned a new hospital that could both provide advanced pediatric care and also imbue patients and families with a sense of joy.

Designing a building that dovetailed with CHOP’s existing outpatient building, the Specialty Care Center (SCC), was important to the client and the community, and stitching the site together while providing a clear organizational strategy was crucial to the experience of patients, visitors, and staff. For visual continuity with the existing SCC, the exterior envelope of the new hospital incorporates a similar color scheme and masonry materials. Referencing a cohesive design language, the façades knit the buildings together while maintaining CHOP’s brand identity and community-centered focus through design.

The hospital’s interiors are characterized by natural light, colorful shapes, and playful graphics throughout. All patient rooms are single occupancy and include a family area complete with sleeping space and entertainment system. The building houses 20 Emergency Department rooms and 80 private inpatient rooms, with space to expand to 108.

Layouts were developed with significant input from CHOP clinicians, users, and stakeholders. During the design process, the architectural team created full-scale mock-ups of Patient Rooms, Prep/Recovery Spaces, and Treatment Bays, providing caregivers the opportunity to experience the arrangement of equipment, clinical materials, and furniture prior to construction.

FIRM: Ballinger,

DESIGN TEAM: Ballinger (architecture, MEP, structural); Skanska (construction manager); Bohler (civil engineering); FCA (medical equipment planning); Ground Reconsidered (landscape architecture); The Lighting Practice (lighting design); Acentech (acoustics & vibration); Re:Vision (LEED/sustainability)


MetroHealth | The Glick Center

MetroHealth’s replacement acute care hospital, The Glick Center, is central to their transformational plan to bring hope and healing to one of the most economically challenged and diverse areas in Cleveland, Ohio. This beautiful forward-thinking facility furthers MetroHealth’s vision to offer the community hope and healing through equitable and research-based care by streamlining staff efficiency and improving patient care using Lean and evidence-based, data-driven planning and design.

The design evokes the look and feel of the original public hospital and follows the curve of the highway. With the narrowest part towards the neighborhood, the Glick Center’s white terracotta façade reaches to the sky as a visible, welcoming beacon of hope. As the campus is completed, the hospital will be surrounded by 25 acres of landscaped parks to support a people-oriented neighborhood.

Inside, the design takes inspiration from murals in the neighborhood and nature to infuse a sense of inclusion, and well-being. All are welcomed by bright colors, open spaces, daylight, views, biophilic elements, and visual and performance art. Each art piece and performance selected has a common theme: bright colors, positive imagery, and a nod to the community to help patients, staff, and visitors feel at home and find inspiration.

In the care environment, there is a universal, flexible, and adaptable planning response. From the interventional platform to the 312 patient beds, each space can adapt to accept changes and advancements in technology and care delivery so MetroHealth can continue to serve the community and their mission for generations to come.

DESIGN TEAM: HGA (architect of record, design architect, medical planning interior design, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, civil engineering, structural engineering, landscape architecture); Bostwick Design (associate architect); Makovich & Pusti Architects Inc. (local architecture support); Karpinski Engineering (associate MEP engineer); Turner Construction (construction); Rippe Associates (food service); Land Studio (art); Behnke Landscape Architecture (landscape architecture)

COMPLETED: October 2022

South Shore University Hospital Pavilion

Rated one of the nation’s 50 best hospitals for heart surgery, Northwell’s South Shore University Hospital (SSUH, Bayshore, N.Y.) has invested in expanding both services and quality of care to Suffolk County residents. SSUH’s commitment to continue its growth as Northwell Health’s flagship hospital in Suffolk County includes a new patient pavilion. EwingCole designed the new six story inpatient bed-tower addition to advance patient care while maintaining the character of the surrounding Long Island community. The design team worked with multidisciplinary internal groups to develop a calming facility that seamlessly bridges the existing with the new and improves clinical efficiency and flexibility. The new pavilion includes additional inpatient beds, ORs, green and public spaces, surgical services, and a sky bridge connecting to existing facilities. The exterior patterned glass increases patient privacy while admitting natural light and providing views of the town and oceanfront.

To address bed shortages at non-peak times and increased throughput from the recently expanded emergency department and meet the demand for health services in the area, Northwell Health South Shore Hospital was looking to provide a new six-story inpatient bed tower addition. The new tower will include:
• Inpatient beds
• Operating rooms and endoscopy procedure rooms
• Perioperative and surgical services
• Green space
• A relocated entrance and drop-off
• Public space
• Mechanical systems
• A bridge connecting with existing facilities

Project category: Project in progress

Chief administrator: Glen Tilkin, AIA, LEED AP, assistant vice president, capital projects, Eastern Region, Northwell Health

Firm: EwingCole,

Design team: EwingCole (architect, interior designer); Severud Associates (structural engineer); AKF Group LLC (MEP, AV, telecom); Cerami & Associates (acoustics and vibration); VHB (civil engineer, landscape architect, vehicle transportation); Jenkins & Huntington Inc. (vertical transportation)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 178,550

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $1,522

Total construction cost (excluding land): $271.9 million

Completion: March 2025

AVIV Clinic

The AVIV Clinic, the only one presently in the United States, was a phased addition to the Center for Advanced Healthcare at Brownwood (CAHB) located at The Villages in Florida. Focused on the science of aging, the clinic was designed to provide a personalized program to enhance and nurture the brain and the body, ensuring a continuously happy, vital, and healthy life.

Three specialty zones provide access to the latest advancements in treating and improving cognitive and physical performance:
• The Entrance Lobby and Client Consultation Zone (Zone 1)
• The Neurocognitive and Physiological Zone (Zone 2): cognitive evaluation, training, physiological assessment, and therapy
• The Hyperbaric Zone (Zone 3): state-of-the-art hyperbaric oxygen treatment

This single-story facility serves as the anchor program forming the West Wing of CAHB. The design, which has the opportunity to be replicated for future AVIV Clinics, includes the largest hyperbaric oxygen therapy (HBOT) center in the US that can service up to 56 clients at full capacity in its two chambers.

The interior architecture promotes wellness through a welcoming, clean, and uncluttered brand with a notable presence of technology throughout.

Emphasis was placed on creating a nonclinical setting for clients that still met the operational needs of throughput efficiency, a high-use, cleanable interior, and a diagnostic equipment infrastructure tucked away in an off-stage setting. Careful attention to arrival, wayfinding, locker rooms, and bathing spaces, access to physician and technical staff areas, and incorporating natural light into the large program suite further promotes wellness in a hospitality setting.

Project category: New construction

Chief administrator: Dave Globig, CEO

Firm: ESa,

Design team: ESa (architect); Studio Gad (associate design/interior design); DPR (construction manager)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 29,400

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $374

Total construction cost (excluding land): $11 million

Completed: April 2020

Mercy Health St. Rita’s Graduate Medical Education Center

St. Rita’s Graduate Medical Education (GME) Center was designed to serve medical students during their residency as a space to learn and study. Each space was designed to precisely mimic the clinical environments in an actual hospital, with equipment and materials that would be used in real world scenarios. Also integrated into the design were a variety of study spaces, uniquely designed based on their nearness to different areas such as the simulation suite, auditorium, and library. Several design and construction decisions for St. Rita’s GME were based on the metaphor of a threshold. This represents the origin of future doctors who will use this space, learning and developing their skills to positively impact the region. It speaks to a new threshold of health, education, and livelihood for both the students and the people who live nearby. The building’s ultimate purpose is to usher in the next generation of doctors and shift Lima, Ohio, into a destination location for medical education and an excellent health system.

St. Rita’s GME sits on the corner of two main streets downtown, with large windows to let in natural light and create a bright, airy environment inside that is reminiscent of the outdoors. The space includes flex conference rooms, an auditorium, a library, a computer lab, study labs, simulation suites, open offices, and a third level that serves as future growth space, for the everchanging nature of medicine.

Project category: New construction

Chief administrator: Andy Stechschulte, director of facilities, Mercy Health – St. Rita’s Medical Center

Firm: Design Collaborative Inc.,

Design team: Design Collaborative Inc. (architecture, MEP, lighting, interior design); Tuttle Services Inc. (general contractor); Engineering Resources Inc. (civil and
structural engineering); RTM Consultants Inc. (code consultant)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 45,200

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $270

Total construction cost (excluding land): $12.2 million

Completed: April 2021

Munroe-Meyer Institute

HONORABLE MENTION – 2022 Healthcare Design Showcase

For a century, the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) has been a world leader in transforming the lives of all individuals with disabilities and complex health care needs. Its patients include some of the nation’s most underserved, including those with autism spectrum and severe behavioral disorders. Today, MMI offers more than 100 services including physical therapy, occupational therapy, psychological services, genetic evaluation, assistive technology, autism assessment/treatment, speech-language pathology, and more.

MMI’s existing home was an aging facility that had long outgrown its usefulness. The University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) committed to building a new, world-class facility where interdisciplinary care could be efficiently delivered. To this end, an existing 200,000-square-foot office building was purchased 3 miles away from UNMC’s main campus that would become the new home of Munroe-Meyer Institute.

The project included renovation and redevelopment of an existing building under an aggressive timeline and controlled budget. Through value-engineering, extensive collaboration, and careful planning, the new 220,078-square-foot facility opened its doors to patients and families in June 2021.

The new facility is the first of its kind in the nation. The planning and design process was collaborative from the start. Architects consulted with owners, MMI clients, and clinicians to create a plan that enhances and simplifies the patient experience. Designers were challenged to implement low-sensory environments that retained the essence of whimsy and play. Patients on the autism spectrum required an environment that would stimulate, not aggravate, their sensitive emotional response to the external environment. Patients with severe behavioral issues required special accommodations like padded rooms, controlled access, special lighting, and full-time observation capability. Staff needed spaces where research, treatment and medical services could be delivered in an environment conducive to collaboration and learning. Rather than designing generic spaces for care, the design team focused individually on hundreds of unique spaces and designed around the intended use.

Focused care and educational spaces include technology-enhanced observation and respite zones; a one-bedroom, furnished apartment home for teaching hands-on life skills; the Caring for Champions Program, a collaboration with Special Olympics that provides sustained vision, dental, and weight management services; and a new aquatic center and playground complete with a splash pad, therapy and recreational pools.

For the first time in its 100-year history, MMI can provide its wide range of services under one roof in a facility specifically designed to foster a patient-centered, family-inclusive care experience.

Project category: New construction and remodel/renovation

Chief administrator: Karoly Mirnics, M.D., Ph.D., director, Munroe-Meyer Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center

Firm: Altus Architectural Studios Inc.,

Design team: University of Nebraska Medical Center Facilities Management (facility planning and management); Altus Architectural Studios Inc. (planning, programming,
and design); MCL Construction (construction services and management); Specialized Engineering Solutions (MEP engineering); Olsson (structural and civil engineering); JEO Consulting Group Inc. (pool design)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 220,078

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $194

Total construction cost (excluding land): $42.7 million

Completed: June 2021

Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health Maternity Tower

The new Riley Children’s Health Maternity Tower centralizes all inpatient childbirth and newborn care offered at three Indiana University Health hospitals in downtown Indianapolis. Riley now houses the largest number of neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) beds in Indiana and among the largest in the country.

Families who had previously visited the Riley Hospital for Children facility might not recognize the healthcare provider’s newly renovated tower, the “phase three” building of a five-phase campus, to expand and modernize health services for mothers and their newborn babies.

When visitors enter the first-floor lobby, they are surrounded by bright, naturally lit and modernized spaces, public and more private waiting areas, open spaces, and a grand view of the original front façade of Riley Hospital for Children that adorns the west wall of the atrium. Two round, all-glass elevators greet visitors, inviting them to see all the way up the building.

Designing a comprehensive, cohesive medical tower that meets the needs of staff, their patients, and families for years to come in the heart of downtown Indianapolis was BSA’s mission, all as the campus continued operating 24/7. The new Tower achieves Indiana University Health’s goal of improving the health of its patients and community through innovation and excellence in care, education, research, and service.

Project category: Remodel/renovation

Chief administrator: Gil Peri, president, Riley Children’s Health

Firm: BSA LifeStructures,

Design team: BSA LifeStructures (architecture, MEP engineering, interior design, operations planning); Messer Construction (construction manager); JPS Consulting Engineers (civil and structural engineer); North Mechanical (plumbing contractor); Ermco (electrical contractor); Bright Sheet Metal (HVAC contractor)

Total building area (sq. ft.): 175,600

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $512

Total construction cost (excluding land): $90 million

Completed: November 2021