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2011 AIA Healthcare Design Award Recipients

The AIA/AAH Design Awards showcase the best of healthcare building design and healthcare design-oriented research. The awards highlight the trends of healthcare facilities and the future direction of these facilities. Projects should exhibit conceptual strength that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital. The AIA/AAH will recognize the firms for their contribution to the healthcare environment.

Serving as jurors for the 2011 awards were: Larry Speck, FAIA (Chair), Page Southerland Page; Sheila Bosch, Gresham, Smith and Partners; Turan Duda, AIA, Duda Paine Architects, LLP; Bruce Fowle, FAIA, FXFOWLE; Joseph Kuspan, AIA, ANSHEN+ALLEN; R. Doss Mabe, FAIA, ZGF and Thomas Trenolone, AIA, HDR, Inc.

Three healthcare facilities were selected in two categories; Category B: built, more than $25 million (construction cost), and Category C: unbuilt.

View the three award winning submissions.
Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic
| UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center | The First People’s Hospital

Category B

Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic, Bellevue

To lessen patient load at its core hospital and to provide care closer to home, Seattle Children’s embarked on a plan to offer expanded ambulatory services in Bellevue, Washington. The Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic (SCBC) provides outpatient surgery, imaging, urgent care and more than 15 specialty services. Using continuous process improvement (CPI) and integrated project delivery (IPD) methods allowed the client, design, and construction teams to program more service in less space and build it more effectively.

Intended to serve lower acuity patients, the facility was designed with flexibility, efficiency and patient, family and staff experience in mind. Using 1:1, department-size prototypes allowed the staff to collaborate on design aspects – such as travel times, line of sight, operational flow and room layouts - that supported standard work and reduced waste. Moving to a dual-circulation model improved efficiency for the staff while offering a healthier, more pleasant experience for the patients.

Through a conscientious effort at increasing room efficiency and minimizing travel distances, the design effort achieved a 27% space savings, fitting 110,000 square feet of program into 80,000 square feet. This savings was achieved without sacrificing the patient experience or the improved processes.
View award winning submission

Category C: Unbuilt

UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center, Santa Monica, California
Michael W. Folonis, Architects

The UCLA Outpatient Surgery and Oncology Center under construction in Santa Monica is a hybrid academic and community outpatient surgery, oncology treatment and medical office facility. The design concept asserts that a more natural and less clinical environment promotes healing in patients and alert, productive behavior in doctors, staff and students. Our understanding of conditions that create an ideal healthcare environment was substantiated through feedback from user groups, where we found enthusiastic support for a less clinical and more natural environment. These considerations formulated our design approach.

Taking advantage of climate and site conditions, we sought the maximum inclusion of natural day lighting and ventilation throughout the building, and an enhanced indoor-outdoor connection. We designed the building employing these principles using a California Modernist vocabulary. In fact, our design concept is always inspired by the belief that Modernism, with its adherence to passive solar design, is the ideal means to realize the high standards of sustainability in healthcare design. The design achieves an aesthetic ideal, while delivering a patient-focused healing environment, the utility required by the owner, and meets the requirements for Gold LEED certification.
View award winning submission

The First People's Hospital
Leung-Zhou Road Shunde District, Foshan City, Quangdong Province, People's Republic of China
HMC Architects

Commissioned through an international competition, the design and planning of this green field medical campus in China is a direct response to its place, culture and practice. The goal of the design is to translate advanced western hospital ideas to accommodate Chinese local practices. As result, the new hospital will function as a precise healing instrument that is inviting, soothing, optimistic, sustainable and harmonious with its context.

On the medical planning side, the design concept challenges the way this region’s healthcare facilities have been designed in the recent past. Some of these challenges include obscured points of access, lack of clarity in campus organization, unappealing introverted campuses, ill-planned public spaces, difficult way finding, and a general lack of patient healing experience. In addition, there is little infrastructural planning for infection control in time for major epidemic outbreak.

On the architecture side, the project is designed to best accommodate the local construction technology and practices that is incremental in its planning. The campus is organized into distinct parts to allow incremental growth. A kit-of-parts approach to exterior and interior systems was developed to be replicated throughout the campus to minimize construction confusion and allow for fast track construction.
View award winning submission

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