“The new Wishard will be a totally new environment that will welcome you, put you at ease and make your visit an easier and better experience. This new hospital is designed around you as well as the people who care for and serve you.”
Replacing the nearby Wishard Medical Center, the new 37-acre complex presented an opportunity for a complete transformation that is rare in urban academic medical center settings.
The design aesthetic creates simple, sculptural spaces that are honest in their representation of materials and that use timeless colors with a variety of textures.
The exterior design reflects the ideal internal organization. Structured around a central green space, the medical center includes a 315-bed hospital linked by a two-level concourse to a 275-exam room ambulatory care clinic, a faculty office building, a 2,700-car parking garage, two utility buildings and public plazas. The outdoor entry commons acts as an inviting civic environment.
Every aspect of the design focuses on the health and wellness of patients. Reorganizing care delivery for all key departments has streamlined patient movement and eliminated wasted space. To maximize efficiency for physicians, the program aligns horizontal platforms of inpatient care with corresponding ambulatory clinics. The efficient plan enables the new hospital to serve 20 percent more patients in one-third less space.
The naturally illuminated interior spaces are filled with colorful art. Materials support a reduction in noise transmission.
A 5,000-square-foot rooftop fruit and vegetable garden (the “Sky Farm”) highlights healthy eating and wellness concepts while providing patients and employees an opportunity to enjoy nature.
Despite the challenging northern climate and the fact that 100 percent outdoor air used in both the hospital and the ambulatory care clinic, the project is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification.
LEED-NC Gold anticipated
1.2 million sq. ft. / 115,500 sq. m.
AIA St. Louis – Merit Award – Architecture
Increase in patients served in one-third less space
Decrease in domestic water use
Decrease in water used for irrigation
Use of fresh air in all outpatient clinic spaces
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