Architect: HGA, Inc.
Owner: Affinity Health Systems
Contractor: The Boldt Company
Located just south of downtown Appleton, Wisconsin the St. Elizabeth Hospital campus is nearly 110 years old and has been a long been an integral part of the community. Actively engaging this urban environment was the foundation of the design.
Patient rooms feature soothing color schemes to create a welcoming environment. Large windows with patient-controlled shades, usher light into each space. ICU patient rooms have views of the outdoors for patients to keep track of the day/night cycle, which helps decrease delirium symptoms characteristic in this type of patient.
Natural finishes, such as wood and stone and views to nature, create positive distractions for patients and visitors. A central courtyard just outside the first-floor lobby and Marketplace, features a water fountain in the summer, holiday decorations in the winter, and lush gardens offering an area of respite. Ground-floor and rooftop gardens minimize environmental impact by absorbing rain run-off, improving air quality, providing sound as well as heating and cooling insulation while encouraging healing through views to nature.
A notable feature of the new facility is the new market-style cafeteria which provides locally-sourced and made-from-scratch food choices. Inspired by the many social dimensions of public markets and recent health and wellness initiatives, the vibrant new space offers patients, staff, visitors and the community an environment in which to learn from the resident chef, socialize with colleagues, dine with friends, shop for family, and learn of local products that have influenced much of the history of the area. Farm life continues to influence the surrounding community and once assisted the sisters of St. Elizabeth Hospital in nourishing the patients. St. Elizabeth’s market uses many local elements from reclaimed barn wood wall cladding from surrounding communities to the local river rock in the terrazzo floor to reflect the hospital’s sustainable vision.
By incorporating familiar qualities of the community’s framework, we achieved our client’s project vision of unique character and eloquence.
Photos: Darris Lee Harris Photography