Healthcare Environment Awards 2013
Acute Care Honorable Mention: Seattle Children’s
Building Hope: Cancer,
Critical and Emergency
- Designer: ZGF Architects
- Client: Seattle Children’s Building Hope: Cancer, Critical and Emergency Care Expansion
- Where: Seattle
The new eight-story, 330,000-square foot Building Hope expansion at Seattle Children’s hospital by ZGF Architects includes a ground floor emergency department, an intensive care unit, and two cancer care units. The rooms are configured in eight-bed neighborhood layouts that promote flexibility and allow for fluctuations in patient and staff levels. Each neighborhood has access to the same central resources for easy navigation. The design of care team spaces reduces travel time to patients’ bedsides and allows quick access to medications and supplies in general.
ZGF used a multi-layered approach to lighting in order to promote a sense of well-being throughout the facility. Patients can control the color-changing LED lighting inside their rooms, and direct and indirect pre-set dimmable lights promote restful sleep by mimicking the body’s circadian rhythms. Natural light is also utilized through large windows in every patient room and family space.
The jurors praised the design of the expansion for its “form driven by function” approach, and its potential to appeal to children of all ages. “There was actual innovation in planning and design,” one juror said.
Demountable furniture allows patient rooms to be reconfigured. Rubber or cork flooring was implemented to reduce noise, and fabric-wrapped panels and enhanced ceiling panels improve acoustics. Dedicated family spaces with comfortable furniture give parents and siblings a place to work, play, and prepare food.
An abundance of glass creates a sense of openness and allows for visibility throughout the unit. A natural motif representing the geography of the Pacific Northwest is carried throughout the space and provides a cheerful distraction while contributing to ease of wayfinding for visitors.