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20 January 2015

Lauritzen Outpatient Center Featured by The Architect’s Newspaper

The Architect’s Newspaper examines the trend of scaling down healthcare facilities to deliver faster care to patients. The HOK-designed Lauritzen Outpatient Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha is highlighted for being “smaller and smarter.”


“‘The goal is to create a one-stop shop for outpatient services, focused on outpatient surgery procedures,’ Rosanna Morris, the hospital’s chief operating officer, told Livewell Nebraska. At 165,000 square feet, the building is anchored by 12 outpatient surgical suites. It also includes flexible clinic space with universal exam room layouts. Radiology and pharmacy services will be provided, as well as occupational and physical therapy. Clinical spaces will comprise almost 200,000 square feet, with structured parking tucked beneath the building.

“‘One of the key challenges of the project is the patient experience,’ said HOK’s senior medical planner, Kerry Cheung. The building’s massing is organized around a central volume that houses three separate elevator bays and puts forth a glassy, south-facing public front. Cheung said the layout allows patients to intuitively find their way from the main elevator core to wherever they’re going.”

“To further aid wayfinding and the patient experience, designers worked with the client to consolidate clinic space, from orthopedics to physical therapy, alongside medical imaging. Unlike in older healthcare facilities, where getting an x-ray often requires an odyssey to another part of the building or even another address, Lauritzen doctors will be able to easily refer patients down the hall.

“‘One of the key reasons for us being able to do that is that everyone came together and decided that’s the best way to serve the patient,’ said Cheung.”

The Architect’s Newspaper