Owens­boro (Ky.) Health Re­gional Hos­pi­tal

Modern Healthcare - - DESIGN AWARDS -

TYPE OF FA­CIL­ITY Re­place­ment hos­pi­tal and med­i­cal cam­pus

PROJECT AR­CHI­TECT HGA Ar­chi­tects and En­gi­neers

CON­STRUC­TION MAN­AGER Turner Con­struc­tion Co.

COM­PLETED June 2013

SIZE 780,000 square feet

CON­STRUC­TION COST $290.8 mil­lion


The nearby Ohio River was used as a pat­tern and or­ga­niz­ing el­e­ment for the flow­ing de­sign of the Owens­boro (Ky.) Health Re­gional Hos­pi­tal, which De­sign Awards judge James Bi­cak de­scribed as an “iconic ex­pe­ri­ence.”

The 145-acre un­de­vel­oped site had its chal­lenges. Its in­dus­trial neigh­bors—in­clud­ing a bot­tling plant, grain el­e­va­tor and oil pipe­line stor­age fa­cil­ity—did not of­fer a heal­ing en­vi­ron­ment. So in­stead of high­light­ing the ex­ter­nal views, ar­chi­tects de­signed a se­ries of roof gar­dens and in­ter­nal court­yards, planted 1,000 trees and cre­ated enough bird and but­ter­fly habi­tat to be­come the first hos­pi­tal to qual­ify for the Audubon In­ter­na­tional Sig­na­ture Pro­gram.

In cre­at­ing a re­place­ment hos­pi­tal with room for 447 beds, de­sign­ers were chal­lenged to make the large Owens­boro project “ap­proach­able,” said Kurt Spier­ing, health­care prin­ci­pal with Mil­wau­kee-based HGA Ar­chi­tects and En­gi­neers. Spier­ing said this was done in part by mak­ing the fa­cil­ity easy to nav­i­gate for vis­i­tors us­ing cor­ri­dors with ex­te­rior views.

For staff, the hos­pi­tal de­part­ments were built with op­ti­mal ad­ja­cen­cies, such as hav­ing the op­er­at­ing rooms above the emer­gency depart­ment. ORs, ca­theter­i­za­tion labs and gas­troin­testi­nal-pro­ce­dure rooms all share pa­tient prep and re­cov­ery space. Also, in the old fa­cil­ity, nurses had to walk 44 steps to get the sup­plies and equip­ment they needed to take into pa­tient rooms. In the new hos­pi­tal, this has been re­duced to 19.

The fa­cil­ity is de­signed for max­i­mum flex­i­bil­ity. “The core of the build­ing can be re­pur­posed over and over again,” Spier­ing said. “We an­tic­i­pate that, with the rate of change in health­care, build­ings won’t stay the same.”

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