Finalists in Kaiser Permanente’s "Small Hospital, Big Idea" Competition Share Their Visions
What will be the next big thing in hospital design? Kaiser Permanente, a leading not-for-profit health plan and care provider, aims to find out. Although accustomed to building large medical campuses, a changing health care delivery model has induced the company to explore ways of making care more accessible while improving cost effectiveness.
In February 2011, Kaiser Permanente launched its Small Hospital, Big Idea competition. The intent was to get input from the design community that would help to reinvent medical care. According to the competition website, “The winning small hospital design will provide a patient-centered healing environment that has near-zero impact on the environment while providing access to the latest technology to improve quality and reduce costs.”
From this shortlist, Kaiser Permanente selected three finalists, announced on May 31st, 2011: Aditazz; Gresham, Smith and Partners; and Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch.
Below are concepts and drawings from six of the shortlisted teams. (More details on the proposals turned in by the three finalists will be released after the competition has concluded.) For the full text of submissions by the six shortlisted teams featured here, see the Kaiser Permanente competition website.
Lee, Burkhart, Liu:
Kristin graduated from The Ohio State University in 1988 with a B.S. in architecture and a minor in English literature. Afterward, she moved to Seattle, Washington, and began to work as a freelance design journalist, having regular assignments with Seattle’s Daily Journal of Commerce.
After returning to Ohio in 1995, her freelance activities expanded to include writing for trade publications and websites, as well as other forms of electronic media. In 2011, Kristin became the managing editor for Buildipedia.com.
Kristin has been a features writer for Buildipedia.com since January 2010. Some of her articles include: