Archive for ‘Healthcare’

November 20, 2011

Learning & Research Building, Southmead Hospital | Avanti Architects

Avanti Architects use a palatte of colours insipred by nature in their Learning and Research Building at Southmead Hospital


Avanti were commissioned to design an integrated centre for hospital staff education and training, together with university research. The building was to act as the first part of a much larger redevelopment of the site and to mitigate between the suburban surroundings and the large scale hospital development to come.

The plan restores the original orthogonal order of the site reintroducing views and ‘green fingers’ and enabling natural wayfinding. The building and its neighbours are composed as a series of parallel brick planes that follow the natural terraces of the site, separated by open landscaped areas and fully glazed end facades allowing transparency through and between the buildings.

For the colour scheme Avanti worked in collaboration with lead artist Kate Blee, who says of her approach:
‘For this commission I looked at colour in relation to growth and hierarchy in nature. Earth, plant, bloom, leaf and sky. A palette inspired by nature to enliven these strong rhythmical façades. A rhythm of colour to be seen through and against the trees, by the residents living opposite the building, and to joyfully present the building across the hospital campus.’

‘I wanted the colour to be rich and saturated but not to cast distracting coloured light into the internal working environments. The colour was sprayed onto the internal face of the glazing units creating a colour light box effect rather than a stained glass effect.’

‘The commission extended into the building for the colour of the portals – visually marking the entrances into spaces along corridors and walkways. This was again about chromatic rhythms, and the colours taken from the external façade scheme were used to further connect the inside to the outside of the building and to inject placed and composed colour into the white and dark grey interior.’

October 10, 2011

OHSU Peter O. Kohler Pavilion | OHSU Peter O. Kohler Pavilion Oregon Health & Science University Portland, Oregon Completion Date: 2006 Square Footage: 335,000 Awards: National Design Award, 2009 AIA American Academy of Architecture for Health Honorable Mention, 2006 Modern Healthcare/AIA Design Award Honor Award, 2006 AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter

OHSU Peter O. Kohler Pavilion
Oregon Health & Science University
Portland, Oregon
Completion Date: 2006
Square Footage: 335,000

National Design Award, 2009
AIA American Academy of Architecture for Health

Honorable Mention, 2006
Modern Healthcare/AIA Design Award

Honor Award, 2006
AIA Pasadena & Foothill Chapter

The OHSU campus is located on a hilltop with several ridges and complex topography. It is truly a 3-dimensional campus with the main street of the hospital at the 9th-floor level. With limited land available for the expansion of the hospital, a site was created by relocating a road. The new facility serves as a circulation link between the existing hospital, the existing School of Medicine and research buildings and the aerial tram from the South Waterfront. The Peter O. Kohler Pavilion is a significant building for the campus and is visible from downtown and several bridges across the river.

The facility consists of 11 floors housing 335,000 square feet and contains 26 ICU beds, 60 medical/surgical beds, eight ORs, radiation therapy, the Center for Women’s Health clinic, an imaging center and ancillary support services. In addition, a 456-car parking structure and an elevated roadway are part of the project. A key feature of the building is a terrace-level series of healing and meditative gardens including a healing herbal garden.

This project was done in association with Petersen Kolberg & Associates who were responsible for the tenant improvement in the building.

March 6, 2011

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center, Milwaukee| OWP/P


By:Katie Gerfen


A-Corrugated metal wall system
Exposed fastener profiles available with or without liners
• Variety of rib widths, depths, and repetitions available
• Finish options include Duragard, Fluorofinish, Metallis 3-coat, Mica 2-coat, and Versacor Plus, among others
• Variety of color options available

B-Reynobond FR
Aluminum composite panel system
• Fire resistant
• Suitable for new construction or retrofit applications
• Panels feature a thermoplastic core sandwiched between two aluminum sheets and formed into a continuous piece
• Panels come in two standard thicknesses: 0.197 and 0.157 inches

Aluminum curtain-wall system
Simmons Building
Custom curtain-wall system
• Clear anodized aluminum structure
• Low-E insulated glazing units with a combination of Viracon clear vision and fritted glass
• Vertical structural glazed mullions with 4-inch-deep prefinished horizontal mullion covers
• Color of mullion covers matches metal panel system

A-SatinTech glass
Off ered in varying levels of translucency
•Diffuses light through a matte finish
• Color and pattern options available
• Permanently etched
•Tempered or laminatedglass options

B-Inca Gray honed stone
Stone Source
Suitable for heavy commercial traffic
•Stock finishes include Scarpaletto, honed, and chiseled
• Other finishes can be custom ordered
• Stock slabs measure 12 inches by 24 inches
• Suitable for interior and exterior wall applications, floor, pavers, and certain countertop applications

Quartz Collection broadloom carpet
Lees Carpets
Slight color variations give striated appearance
• Tip-sheared surface
• Tufted construction
• Uses Antron 6,6 nylon with DuraTech soil protection by DuPont
• 11 standard colorways available
• Pattern repeat is 11 inches wide by 13½ inches long
• UniBond RE backing
• Contains minimum 20 percent post-consumer content by total weight

Ceora bar stool
Also available in a stacking chair
• Frame fabricated from 16 gauge rolled steel tubing
• Available with upholstered seat and wooden back or fully upholstered
• Stool height is 43 inches, chair is 31.25 inches
• Available with Pat-Shield antimicrobial finish

Cirrus ceiling system
Fine textured surface
• Provides good acoustics and light reflectance
• BioBlock paint inhibits mold and mildew growth
• HumiGuard Plus offers no-sag performance
• Available in a variety of square tiles and planks
• Cirrus Profiles adds edge detailing to give a more tailored appearance

A-Oak Collection sheet vinyl flooring
Anti-static, anti-fungal, and anti-microbial flooring system
• No waxing or buffing necessary
• Sheet vinyl product with realistic wood grain patterning
• Utilizes nano silver technology
• Six-layer construction, including a clear wear layer
• Available in four colorways

B-Serenity II treatment chair
Head and footrest operate independently
• Controls can be operated by patient or caregiver
• Chair goes from upright to fully reclined
• Spring seat construction
• Optional 5-inch casters with front brake for easy mobility
• Can be upholstered in performance fabric, vinyl, or PVC-free polyurethane
• Optional I.V. rod

magine a center where cancer patients can go to one location and have all of their specific treatment needs available in a matter of footsteps. Chicago-based firm OWP/P did, and achieved that goal, with the 432,300-square-foot Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center in Milwaukee. In the new facility, patients are greeted by a lushly outfitted concierge-style hub, where they are directed to departments that are condition-specific, each of which is equipped with doctor’s offices, diagnostic machines, and treatment rooms. This allows people who are tired from illness and treatment to get care in a healing environment, one that doesn’t look or feel like a hospital.

Nature played a big part in the design for Froedtert, which is situated among bucolic marshes, complete with swaying grasses and wildlife. Curving delicately to complete a central core on the campus, the new facility sits on a site that has for the past several years been inhabited by a parking structure. The structure was taken down when it was determined that the location was optimal for patients who had to visit the oncology department of the neighboring hospital, and it was replaced by 195,000 square feet of below-grade parking.

he exterior’s most striking feature is its striated, fritted curtain wall, unusual on a medical building—where privacy is king—but an important element, says Randy Guillot, design principal at OWP/P, in connecting the building with the surrounding marshy landscape. “The south side is treated with a random, almost organic painting of frit patterns in the glass,” says Guillot. “When seen from across the wetlands, this has an organic quality and a quality of changing dramatically at different times of day. It cuts down on the bulk.”

The curtain wall also plays a crucial role in the interior, says Jocelyn Stroupe, an OWP/P interior design principal, in that it allows the patients to have access to abundant daylight, a factor that has proved so critical in studies on healing that the hospital committed to 18 feet between floors.

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center

Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center

he building is organized to take advantage of natural elements, such as view and light, which contribute to a healthy mindset, but the organization of the departments and floor plans is focused on making sure that the experience is as user-friendly as possible. “A huge point to this building is accessibility. Patients arrive, park under the building, and their care is an elevator ride away,” says Guillot.

Because of the abundant interior spaces, not every room can get a view. But the space was planned so that major corridors and gathering spaces are located on the outer wall, which in Stroupe’s mind “makes it a bit more democratic, because everyone will have access to the natural light several times during the course of the day.”

Stroupe was determined to use warm, natural materials to make the space more inviting, and the lobby features natural cherry wood paneling on the walls and ceilings, quartzite floors, and honed basalt on the main staircase.

Materials change as visitors go further into the space, in part by necessity, in part by the designers’ choice. Stroupe points out that all of the walkways on the upper levels are carpeted “to provide a softer feel underfoot.” Walls throughout the upper floor are painted, in part to comply with stringent standards that preclude materials, like fabric, which can transmit germs, but also to allow a range of bright colors.

The natural products in the lobby could not all be continued into the space because of those healthcare standards. Wood, for example, could not be used in chemotherapy infusion rooms, but Stroupe’s team chose a realistically wood-grained sheet vinyl product that is antimicrobial.

Typical Floor Plan

Typical Floor Plan

Duplicate spaces were avoided where possible, but the clients were not afraid to add extra facilities if it would make access easier for the patients. This, says Guillot, is what differentiates the project from what he terms “pimp my ride” healthcare architecture, in which facilities revamp lobbies and public spaces without addressing planning issues.

” ‘Logical, not lavish’ was our client’s mantra,” says Guillot, “and what it means is logical in terms of sensibility about the project. There is a certain matter-of-factness that is respectful of the people using it. The cancer center is a building designed specifically around their needs.”

Project Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin Clinical Cancer Center
Location: Milwaukee
Client: Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee— William Petasnick (CEO, president); John A. Balzer (VP of facilities planning and development)
Architect: OWP/P, Chicago—Jim Mladucky (principal/project director); Randy Guillot (design principal); Chris Liakakos (planning principal); Jocelyn Stroupe (interior design principal); Dan Fagan (engineering principal); Louis Vavaroutsos (project designer); George Witaszek (senior architect/technical lead); Andy Piraro (interiors technical lead); Angel Ortiz, Jerry Wright, Adam Godlewski, Chisako Fukase, Elizabeth Kolzow (project team); Craig Wyatt (specifications); Tom Hampson (construction administration)
Landscape Architect: Johnson Management Services
Architect Consultant: Zimmerman Design Group
Planning Consultant: Health Care Facilities Consultant
Construction Manager: M. A. Mortenson Co.
M/E/P Engineering Consultant: Affiliated Engineers
Structural Engineering Consultant: Harwood Engineering Consultants
Civil Engineering Consultant: Graef, Anhalt, and Schloemer
Parking Consultants: Health Quality Partners (operational); Standard Parking; Walker Parking Consultants
Fire Protection: Wauwatosa Fire Prevention Bureau

Randy Guillot Design Principal OWP/P

Randy Guillot Design Principal OWP/P

Joselyn Stroupe Interior Design Principal OWP/P

Joselyn Stroupe Interior Design Principal OWP/P



LOCATION Exterior cladding
PRODUCT Reynobond FR composite metal panels in Silver Metallic and Frisco White

LOCATION Exterior cladding
PRODUCT Corrugated metal wall panels in silver metallic

LOCATION Exterior cladding
PRODUCT Custom curtain-wall system
MANUFACTURER Simmons Building Products

LOCATION Exterior cladding
PRODUCT Tempered low-E insulated glazing units with clear vision and fritted glass

LOCATION Exterior cladding
PRODUCT Architectural precast concrete with variegated texture, plane, and color
MANUFACTURER International Concrete Products

LOCATION Main entry
PRODUCT 16-foot-diameter revolving door


LOCATION Conference rooms
PRODUCT Acoustic panels

PRODUCT Wood-doweled panel grille in maple with cherry stain

LOCATION Elevator walls
PRODUCT Basalt Inca Gray polished stone

LOCATION Bathrooms
PRODUCT Wall tile

PRODUCT Decorative wall tile
MANUFACTURER Oceanside Glass Tile

LOCATION Equipment alcoves
PRODUCT Acrovyn 3000 sheet wall protection

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Interior paint

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Interior paint

LOCATION Image recovery center
PRODUCT Europa Madrid vinyl wallcovering


LOCATION Waiting areas, corridors
PRODUCT Quartz Collection carpet

LOCATION Waiting areas
PRODUCT Sense of Place Collection carpet
MANUFACTURER Mannington Commercial

PRODUCT Satori carpet tile

PRODUCT Oasis Collection carpet

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Gres Ceremiche porcelain ceramic floor tile

PRODUCT Green Mountain Mist quartzite, natural cleft finish
MANUFACTURER Vermont Structural Slate Co.

LOCATION Main stairs
PRODUCT Basalt Inca Gray stone, honed finish

LOCATION Exam and procedure rooms
PRODUCT Granite Collection and Agate Collection

LOCATION Third-floor day hospital
PRODUCT Oak Collection in dark oak and colonial maple

LOCATION Utility rooms and storage
PRODUCT VCT—Brushwork, Solid Point, Colorpoint
MANUFACTURER Mannington Commercial

PRODUCT Quarry tile

LOCATION Bathrooms
PRODUCT Ceramic floor tile


LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Ceiling systems—Cirrus; Clean Room VL; Optima Open Plan; Cortega

LOCATION Waiting areas
PRODUCT Wood slat ceiling


LOCATION Waiting areas


LOCATION Main entry
PRODUCT Entry grating mat with SSS Clean tread
MANUFACTURER Kadee Industries

LOCATION Cubicle curtains
MANUFACTURER Momentum Textiles

LOCATION Guardrail
PRODUCT Satin/clear etched

PRODUCT Guardrail system

LOCATION Countertops
PRODUCT Plastic laminate

PRODUCT Plastic laminate

LOCATION Toilet partitions; reception work surfaces
PRODUCT Plastic laminate

LOCATION Chemical resistant areas
PRODUCT Plastic laminate

LOCATION Image recovery center
PRODUCT Thatch resin panel

LOCATION Bathroom countertops; image recovery center; reception desks

LOCATION Reception desks

LOCATION Pharmacy; image recovery center
PRODUCT Slat display wall

LOCATION Tack surface
PRODUCT Bulletin board linoleum

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Window coverings

LOCATION Conference rooms
PRODUCT Struttura fabric, wrapping the acoustic wall panels


LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Ripple bench

PRODUCT Ceora collection seating and tables

LOCATION Exam rooms
PRODUCT Improv chair

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Zody chair

LOCATION Throughout
PRODUCT Collective Office desking
MANUFACTURER Allsteel and Jofco

PRODUCT Repertoire seating and occasional tables

LOCATION Waiting areas
PRODUCT Lounge seating — Evita; Frankline; Torii Glider

LOCATION Third-floor waiting area
PRODUCT Hello lounge seating

LOCATION Infusion rooms
PRODUCT Serenity II infusion chair

LOCATION Third-floor waiting area
PRODUCT Eveneau ottomans

PRODUCT Ambient occasional tables

LOCATION Consultation room; conference room; break rooms
PRODUCT Clara tables

LOCATION Clinic waiting areas
PRODUCT Primaries children’s furniture collection

LOCATION Day hospital
PRODUCT Opus overbed tables; 50 Series bedside cabinets
MANUFACTURER Nurture by Steelcase

PRODUCT Alernate series workstations and file storage

LOCATION Clinic waiting areas
PRODUCT Brochure/magazine racks
MANUFACTURER Peter Pepper Products

LOCATION Clinic waiting areas
PRODUCT Play cube











February 15, 2011

Renovation and Extension of the Hameln County Hospital | Nickl & Partner Architekten

Renovation And Extension Of The Hameln County Hospital / Nickl & Partner Architekten © Nickl & Partner Architekten

Renovation And Extension Of The Hameln County Hospital / Nickl & Partner Architekten © Nickl & Partner Architekten

Renovation And Extension Of The Hameln County Hospital / Nickl & Partner Architekten © Nickl & Partner Architekten

Renovation And Extension Of The Hameln County Hospital / Nickl & Partner Architekten © Nickl & Partner Architekten

Renovation And Extension Of The Hameln County Hospital / Nickl & Partner Architekten © Nickl & Partner Architekten

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Renovation And Extension Of The Hameln County Hospital / Nickl & Partner Architekten © Nickl & Partner Architekten

Architects: Nickl & Partner Architekten
Location: Saint-Maur-Platz 1, D-31785 
Project area: 7,100 sqm
Project year: 2003 – 2007
Photographs: Courtesy of 

The primary design concept for the renovation and extension of the County Hospital in involved creating a new “backbone” to connect the old and new buildings. The individual functions in both the old and new buildings are linked to this distribution point that runs horizontally as well as vertically. As a new main artery, the backbone takes the existing route intersections into account in the various parts of the building and also facilitates orientation within it. At the intersection between the existing building and the extension, the various traffic flows merge into a two-story main entrance hall. A sheer glazed, continuous façade that covers both floors underlines the special significance of this new foyer.

A new interior courtyard was inserted into the existing structure, and the adjoining rooms are being substantially upgraded with improved lighting. The wards are located within pavilion structures. Two small wards can be observed from each of the adjoining central nursing stations. While the patients’ rooms look onto the River Weser or the patients’ garden, the day rooms face into the interior courtyard of the pavilions. The clarity of the internal layout is also reflected in the façade: the material surfaces have been left in their natural state. Special emphasis is given to the original character of the surfaces in terms of their texture, structural quality, and individual color.

To create a comfortable ambiance in the nursing areas especially, these façades are composed of full-length ceramic elements with timber-frame and aluminum windows. The patients’ rooms are shaded by individually operated, motorized sliding frames with a stainless steel wire-mesh filling. The treatment wing also has a façade of ceramic elements with ribbon windows. Interior courtyards, with their post-and-beam façade made from light metal, expose the adjoining hallways and rooms down to basement level to natural light.

January 31, 2011

Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School | RMJM

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The RMJM designed Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School (Duke-NUS), the first collaboration of its kind in  between two of the world’s top higher education institutions – Duke Universityin the U.S. and National University of Singapore – was opened yesterday, September 28th, by the country’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong.

The new school building designed by international architects , will significantly boost the number of highly trained doctors in the country, demonstrating ’s commitment to becoming a world leader in healthcare and biomedical research.

At 26,000 square meters and 11 stories tall, Duke-NUS is a “vertical campus,” housing research offices, wet and dry laboratories, classrooms, lecture halls, a library, student lounges, a café and administrative offices. The placement of the building’s functions and programs were designed to build the academic community and promote scientific collaboration. More description and images after the break.

The heartbeat of the building is the eight-story, glass central atrium, which ties the library and academic spaces on the ground level to principal investigators on the research floors above. The atrium promotes an ease of vertical circulation while promoting the most important goal: fostering collaboration on all levels between educators, principal investigators, post-doctoral candidates, research technicians and students. Students and faculty can have casual conversations in the comfortable public spaces while also enjoying glimpses and diagonal views throughout the hierarchy of the new open medical school.

The building, which achieved Green Mark certification, is designed to maintain a comfortable temperature in ’s tropical climate. The exterior louvers and sunshades protect interior spaces while the building massing shades exterior courtyards. The ceramic tile used on the exterior contains titanium dioxide, a material that reduces the need for heavy maintenance, withstands mold in a tropical environment and is believed to reduce smog and pollutants in the air of urban environments.

Strategically located in the heart of ’s General Hospital’s Campus at Outram, the new facility will enjoy a close relationship with SingHealth’s  General Hospital, the tertiary-care teaching hospital associated with the Graduate Medical School.

has previously designed research buildings for Duke University in North Carolina, including the Medical Science Research Building II (MSRB-II), which has achieved LEED Silver certification. The company is also completing other major health and research facilities in  with projects currently under construction at the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine and the acute general care Khoo Teck Puat Hospital.