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13 November 2014

Healthcare Design Cover Story: Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis


HOK was executive architect for the new 1.2 million-sq.-ft. hospital and health campus, which has replaced a 150-year-old facility.

In addition to the 882,346-sq.-ft. hospital, the project includes a 198,435-sq.-ft. ambulatory care building, a 300,000-sq.-ft. faculty office building, a 12,600-sq.-ft. central utility plant, a 23,300-sq.-ft. central boiler plant and a 2,700-car parking garage on a 35-acre parcel.

“Among the goals were a hospital that was simple to navigate and focused on treating the whole patient. Using evidence-based design principles, the design team identified natural light, art in public areas and views of nature as important elements. ‘We wanted the building to respond to the mind, soul and body of the patient,’ said Matthew Gutwein, president and CEO of Health & Hospital Corp. of Marion County (Indianapolis).

“Additional guiding principles included improving efficiencies and maximizing the staff’s ability to serve patients, building an environmentally responsible campus and creating an architectural statement that added to the city landscape.”

“A simple materials palette of glass and metal is used to give the buildings a timeless aesthetic.”

Paul Strohm, senior vice president and global Healthcare director for HOK and principal-in-charge on the project, says a ‘planes and frames’ concept was used to create a unifying theme with light-colored metal frames defining the buildings, while glass planes in various colors, patterns and sizes are used to ‘create an expression of openness and modernity.’”

“Within this modern and serene urban locale, Eskenazi Health set out to achieve LEED Silver certification for its entire campus.”

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