The Best Healthcare Design of 2016

Presenting the seven recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards.

Courtesy Bruce Damonte

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) has selected the seven recipients of the AIA National Healthcare Design Awards, granted to projects that “exhibit conceptual strengths that solve aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns as well as the requisite functional and sustainability concerns of a hospital.”

Less than $25 million in construction cost

Courtesy Bruce Damonte

Kaiser Permanente, Kraemer Radiation Oncology Center
Yazdani Studio of Cannon Design
Anaheim, CA

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“The design provides a calming, nature oriented experience through the use of natural light, organic forms, outdoor views to nature, soothing interior colors, and an internal “Zen Garden” which contains a vibrant living wall garden visible from the treatment areas.”

Courtesy Bruce Damonte

Planned Parenthood Queens: Diane L. Max Health Center 
Stephen Yablon Architecture
Queens, New York

Courtesy Michael Moran

“The building’s contemporary design contrasts with its brownstone neighbors, establishing itself as a welcoming and important community institution. The simply-planned, sleek, and light-filled interiors are uplifting and easy to navigate, reducing patient stress. A bold color system aids in orientation for the diverse users and brings spatial delight throughout.”

Courtesy Michael Moran

Less than $25 million in construction cost

Courtesy Ron Blunt

Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) Regional Ambulatory Cancer Center
Ewing Cole
West Harrison, New York

“The challenge for the design team was converting what was a 1950’s office building with the dated brick and metal panel building with large floor plates, into a state of the art cancer center […] The building not only accomplished the stringent task of achieving LEED Gold but also implemented additional healthy-building initiatives such as specifying entirely PVC-free products for both construction and design.”

Courtesy Ron Blunt

The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP

Courtesy Tom Rossiter

“Inside the hospital, spaces for patients are filled with daylight, outside views are maximized to support well-being, and quiet spaces for family and staff are programmed with comfortable furnishings for conversation and rest. The building, a model for future hospitals with its flexible design and commitment to sustainability, is LEED certified.”

Courtesy Tom Rossiter

The University of Arizona Cancer Center (UACC) at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center
ZGF Architects LLP

Courtesy Nick Merrick / Hedrich Blessing

“The building was designed to emphasize the user experience, integrate the natural beauty of the landscape, and address the needs of the UACC staff and patients for years to come. An exterior shade system, along with chilled beams, the first to be used in an Arizona healthcare setting, greatly contributed to the sustainability of the facility.”

Courtesy Nick Merrick / Hedrich Blessing

University Medical Center New Orleans
New Orleans

© Benjamin Benschneider, Courtesy  NBBJ

“University Medical Center provides New Orleans with critical safety-net care in a sophisticated 1.5 million-square-foot facility built to withstand natural disasters[…] The design promotes holistic healing, from landscaped courtyards to all-private inpatient rooms with natural light and in-suite bathrooms. Wide double-bays and sliding breakout doors enable swift action in treatment zones. Floor-to-ceiling windows in public spaces create transparency and uplifting views, while custom artwork and graphics throughout the hospital celebrate New Orleans’ rich heritage.”

Courtesy Sean Airhart

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Courtesy Aaron Leitz

Seattle Children’s Hospital, South Clinic
ZGF Architects LLP

“Seattle Children’s South Clinic advances the current hub-and-spoke model of healthcare that brings outpatient services closer to patients in their communities to offer more responsive care while reducing demand for acute care services. […] The design adapts a former Circuit City store into a 37,000-square-foot outpatient clinic that houses urgent care, occupational and physical therapy, and a number of specialty services.”

Courtesy Aaron Leitz

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