Most provider organizations are striving to meet similar challenges through their building programs, such as addressing outdated building stock, bringing primary and specialty services closer to patients, or achieving greater efficiency and future flexibility. The magic of the annual Healthcare Design Showcase is that within its pages, you’ll find 42 unique solutions.

Each project within the special section published in our August 2019 issue is addressing these or similar drivers, all while answering the needs of a specific patient population, care delivery team, and geographic location. In them, you’ll find endless sources of inspiration, making this issue a resource worth keeping on your desk year-round.

All the projects submitted to the Design Showcase were reviewed by a jury of industry professionals appointed by our partner organizations, The Center for Health Design, International Interior Design Association, and American Society of Interior Designers, and judged based on how well they performed in the categories of innovation, aesthetics, operations, and collaboration.

The projects that received the highest scores in the first round of review advanced to a live judging event held this spring in Chicago. There, jury members reviewed those projects one more time, discussed and debated their merits, and came to consensus on those that would receive finalist recognition or be given an award. In the end, we have two Award of Merit winners, three Honorable Mention winners, and four finalists. Congrats to all!

Beginning this week, we’ll post editorial content from our coverage here online, including expanded Q+As with the project leads behind the Award of Merit projects, short profiles of Honorable Mention winners, and a quick view of the finalists through the lens of our judging criteria. There’s a lot of wonderful work on display, and I hope you enjoy exploring it.

Many thanks to our 2019 Design Showcase Jury

York Chan
Vice president, facilities integration, Advocate Aurora Health

Kelly Dendy
Senior associate, Inventure Design

Randy Guillot
Principal, design director, global health and wellness practice area leader, Gensler

Margi Kaminski
Principal, co-director of healthcare interiors, CannonDesign

Douglas King
Principal, Stantec Architecture Inc.

William E. Koffel
President, Koffel Associates Inc.

Jean Mah
Principal, board of directors, healthcare practice leader, Perkins + Will

Victoria Navarro
Regional director of planning, design, and construction, Advocate Aurora Health

Lisa Sundahl Platt
Managing partner, UMNSystems LLC

Kelly Proctor
Physical environment sector lead, DNV-GL Healthcare

Gracyn W. Robinson
Senior interior designer, director of business development, LWDA Design

Jennifer Kovacs Silvis
Editor-in-chief, Healthcare Design

Carol Simpson
Senior project manager, Northwestern Memorial Healthcare

Jerry Smith
Founding principal, SMITH/GreenHealth Consulting LLC

Stan Spellman
Senior vice president, Spellman Brady & Co.

Vladislav Torskiy
Principal, healthcare studio leader, SmithGroup

Barbara Wagner
Senior vice president, Clark Construction Group


2019 Award Winners and Finalists

Award of merit

• Anna Shaw Children’s Institute, Hamilton Health Care System, submitted by ESa (Earl Swensson Associates)

• NewYork-Presbyterian David H. Koch Center, submitted by Ballinger, HOK, and Pei Cobb Freed & Partners

Honorable Mention

• Asplundh Cancer Pavilion, submitted by EwingCole

• NYU Langone Health, Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion, submitted by NYU Langone Health, Real Estate Development and Facilities, Ennead Architects, and NBBJ

• Pediatric Specialty Clinic and Conference Center, submitted by CBRE/Heery and ZGF Architects


• Children’s Hospital at Erlanger Kennedy Outpatient Center, submitted by HKS

• Paula and Joseph C. “Rusty” Walter III Tower, submitted by EYP, AECOM/Hunt, and AEI

• Texas Children’s Hospital, Lester and Sue Smith Legacy Tower, submitted by FKP/CannonDesign

• University of Kentucky HealthCare, Kentucky Children’s Hospital Welcome Center and NICU, submitted by HGA and GBBN


Jennifer Kovacs Silvis is editor-in-chief of Healthcare Design. She can be reached at