Opened in February 2011, the nine-story, 357,000 square foot building is a slender tower located on a hill, providing prominence in the community and saving green space. The tower is oriented to maximize healing views of surrounding mountain ranges and is surrounded by four therapeutic garden spaces, as well as a four-story, 380 stall parking structure. A new 12,600 square foot Central Utility Plant is housed in a two-level building with a tunnel under the street connecting utilities to the new tower.
The client’s philosophy puts the patient and family at the center of care and inspires the building’s architecture, operational structuring and interior design. The new entrance and central, light-filled hub connects old and new hospital buildings seamlessly and expresses the philosophy of a patient-centered experience. The hub features greeters, information displays, registration, meditation space, food and retail; an inspiring and orienting place.
The facility was also the first hospital in Washington registered with the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program with a LEED Gold certification. Sustainable design features include:
• Ecoroofs, bioswales and rain gardens gather storm water runoff
• Energy efficient building form minimizes east/west exposure, sun shades on windows reduce heat gain
• Regional/renewable/recycled materials; certified wood, linoleum/rubber flooring, low-VOC interior finishes
• Reduction of water use by 20% versus a normal hospital
• HVAC system with low-velocity ducting, high efficiency chillers and mid-building air handlers, reducing energy consumption and providing patient comfort
• 100% outside air for optimum infection control, heat recovery system to conserve energy