In 2003 St Elizabeth Regional Medical Center began construction on a new addition after several years of planning & design efforts. Among the goals of those efforts was to increase the institution’s market share by transforming both the hospital’s image & the experience of the people using the facility, as well as improving its operational efficiency.
The master plan identified three key building components to drive the transformation: the bed tower addition, a parking garage, & a medical office building.
The site featured a large retention pond on the east side, which helped inspire the location & configuration of the key components to generate optimal image, entry sequence, wayfinding & operational efficiency.
The bed tower addition is positioned at the east end of the existing building, connecting into the existing bed floors. Suspended over the pond, the addition helps create a powerful image of the hospital along the most prominent façade of the medical center. Constructed of precast concrete, the new facade features an assortment of colored glass windows in the patient rooms, along with a metal structure that symbolizes the faith-based mission of the hospital.
The new main entry to the hospital is incorporated into a garden-like courtyard and driveway that is surrounded by the medical office building & parking garage. This provides a common access to all entries and optimizes wayfinding & circulation. It provides for an enhanced visitor experience.
250,000 sf bed tower
100,000 sf mob