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Peace Island Medical Center

Award: 2013 AIA Healthcare Design Award Recipient
Category A: Built, Less than $25 million (construction cost)

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EXTERIOR

Island resources are extremely limited, making sustainable choices fundamental. Building form is a direct response to environmental informants, capturing the simplicity of the local vernacular by carving out exterior places of healing and filling interior spaces with fresh air, daylight and views.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington<BR />

Firm:  Mahlum<BR />

Architect:  Anne Schopf<BR />

MILLWORK

Though every effort was made to preserve existing trees, each tree that was taken down was milled on island by local craftsmen and made its way back into the building in the form of flooring, stair treads, trim, and custom millwork. The portions that were not appropriate for milling were used as nurse logs within the landscape design.

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Location:  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington<BR />

Firm:  Mahlum<BR />

Architect:  Anne Schopf<BR />

NATURAL LIGHTING

Energy consumption is minimized by driving down internal loads, utilizing natural ventilation and active heat recovery strategies. Building orientation minimizes cooling and lighting needs; roughly 80% of interior spaces have access to operable windows, daylight and views.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington<BR />

Firm:  Mahlum<BR />

Architect:  Anne Schopf<BR />

ARTWORK

The facility and landscape is energized with an abundance of original art, much of it donated, all created by local artists. The media and content are an eclectic mix that is a charming representation of the community character. The art collection is valued at over 3% of the construction budget (3x a typical art budget).<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington<BR />

Firm:  Mahlum<BR />

Architect:  Anne Schopf<BR />

EXTERIOR AT DUSK

Constructed on a former farmstead site, the hospital sits only on land that was previously developed. Remaining property is preserved in perpetuity and any disturbed areas restored back to native condition. Site paving is minimized by using a ?county road? approach without curbs and gutters so that stormwater runs through raingarden treatment areas to existing wetlands. Excavation cut/fill for the building footprint is perfectly balanced.<BR /><BR />  

Location:  Friday Harbor, San Juan Island, Washington<BR />

Firm:  Mahlum<BR />

Architect:  Anne Schopf<BR />

Design Solution

A small, remote island community joined forces to turn their vision of rural healthcare into the very first hospital in San Juan County.

The hospital blends discreetly into its surroundings, flanked by old-growth forest, basalt slopes and thriving wetlands. The site’s ecology, topography and vegetation were carefully preserved. Island resources are extremely limited, making sustainable choices fundamental. Decoupled building systems and natural ventilation connect occupants with fresh air, daylight and views.

The hospital reflects the values of the caregivers and broad community, embodying humility, environmental sensitivity and innovative healthcare delivery.

Jury Comments

What a wonderful solution. The finished product is creative and soulful. Peace Island Medical Center takes the identity of the community and reinforces care through healthcare. It really breaks ahead of the pack by truly addressing its environment and population through careful integration of materials, view, natural light and lighting. The sharing of spaces across adjacent departments is used successfully as a strategy to reduce the footprint.

The strength of this project is the integration of the facility into the community and what could have been a very challenging site. The site planning, by fanning and stepping in section, negotiates the sloped site well. This integration is carried right into the planning and the beautiful character of the patient and public spaces.

Photo Credits

Images: © Benjamin Benschneider
Floor Plans: © Mahlum Architects

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