The best in health care projects
The AHA's American Society for Healthcare Engineering recently announced the winners of its annual Vista Awards, which recognize excellence in teamwork in building design and construction; and sustainable buildings. The four winners are featured on these pages. There were also 43 honorable mentions.
Team Award: New construction projects
FLORIDA HOSPITALFISH MEMORIAL, ORANGE CITY, FLA.
PROJECT TEAM: Mohammad Alai, staff architect, office of design, Florida Hospital System, Orlando, Fla.; Paul Macheske, associate, HuntonBrady Architects, senior health care architect, Orlando; Roger Fornero, project superintendent, Brasfield & Gorrie, Maitland, Fla.; and Steve Cantwell, director of facilities management, Florida HospitalFish Memorial.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The inpatient tower expansion project consists of a three-story vertical expansion over the existing two-story inpatient wing and a five-story addition at the north and south ends of the existing inpatient wing. A phased project, the first and second floor "bookend" addition adds 16 new beds to existing units. The third floor, 3-South, is a 26-bed unit and is the first of two units to occupy the third floor. The fourth and fifth floors are shelled for future build-out. Upgrades to the central energy plant to support this expansion and comply with new Hurricane Impact Resistance Codes were also completed.
Team Award: Renovation projects
PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL, CHARLOTTE, N.C.
PROJECT TEAM: Colleen Farquharson, director of emergency medicine/trauma services, Presbyterian Hospital; Pam Kingsley, project manager/interior designer, Presbyterian Hospital; Richard A. Henly, AIA, vice president, McCulloch England Associates Architects, Charlotte; Helton Clavigo, senior associate, McCulloch England Associates Architects; Dean Belk, project engineer, Optima Engineering, Charlotte; Greg Keach, president, general contractor, Hotstetter & Keach, Pineville, N.C.; and Mike Walker, creative consultant, Charlotte.
GENERAL INFORMATION: Completed in July 2003, the Presbyterian Children's Emergency Department is dedicated exclusively to emergency care of children and is the only facility of its kind in the region. Located adjacent to the hospital's main emergency department, colorful wildlife murals from the tropical sierras to the Arctic tundra help lower young patients' anxieties, leading to quicker diagnosis and treatment. The 4,375-square-foot renovation project includes eight exam rooms, two of which are dedicated to orthopedic and gynecological care; a triage room; and exam rooms for critical care, isolation and radiology. The project also includes the nurses' station and support spaces.
Team Award: Infrastructure projects
EXEMPLA ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL, DENVER
PROJECT TEAM: Al Davis, director of facility; Bruce D. Osborn, project engineer, Cator, Ruma & Associates, Lakewood, Colo.; Robert A. Weber, P.E., senior engineer, Cator, Ruma & Associates; Kevin Deitsch, electrician, Exempla St. Joseph Hospital; and Fred Buenning, AIA, associate principal architect, H+L Architecture, Denver.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The Exempla St. Joseph Hospital is undergoing a 10-phase electrical distribution upgrade project; with a completion date of 2006. Phases one through five have been completed. This project was undertaken to centralize the electrical systems, replace equipment that had reached its life expectancy, increase reliability of systems, allow proper maintenance of systems and increase capacity to meet present/future technology demands and future hospital expansions. The end result will be modern electrical distribution and emergency generator systems. Challenges included coordinating required outages with user groups in the hospital, maintaining existing equipment while transitioning to new equipment, and locating space for new equipment.
Sustainable Building Award:
Sustainable use of materials and natural resources
SDTCTHE CENTER FOR DISCOVERY, HARRIS, N.Y.
PROJECT TEAM: Architect, Guenther 5 Architects, New York City; general contractor, Storm King Contracting, Montgomery, N.Y.; structural engineer, Dunne & Markis Structural Engineers, Riverdale, N.Y.; MEP engineer, Lilker Associates, Consulting Engineers, New York City; and New York State Energy Research and Development Authority's MEP review engineer, Albany.
GENERAL INFORMATION: The Discovery Health Center is a 28,000-square-foot diagnostic and treatment facility in rural (350 acres) New York state. It provides outpatient primary/specialty medical and dental services for children and adults with profound neurological and developmental impairments. This is the first licensed medical facility constructed by The Center for Discovery, a non-profit agency that provides residential facilities for this population and the surrounding community.
This article first appeared in the March 2004 issue of HFM magazine.
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