Architect: HGA Architects and Engineers
Owner: KLMK Group
Contractor: Turner Construction
This new regional medical facility in northwestern Kentucky includes a nine-story inpatient tower, three-story diagnostic and treatment building, transitional care unit, emergency department and various other specialty and outpatient facilities. While the 162-acre site offered convenient access to residents and space for future expansion, special design solutions were required to address seismic and flood plain issues. The design of the undulating building elements and healing environments that flow through the 477-bed hospital were inspired by the nearby Ohio River. Internal courtyards bring light into the building and provide views that create calming distractions. The exterior features simple forms and natural materials, with the buildings connected at shared common spaces. Glass is used to emphasize important areas, such as the south façade of the tower. The facility incorporates many sustainable elements, including daylighting, green roofs, stormwater bioswales, native plants and restoration of the adjacent flood plain. It is the first hospital to be designated as a Certified Audubon International Signature Sanctuary. The facility is designed to reduce operational costs, improve the workplace environment, engage the community and optimize patient care.
Jury Comment: “While this project is large in scale, the design concept provides clarity by breaking down and unifying the distinct programmatic elements. There is a nice use of materials, both inside and out. The interior spaces are lovely and gracious. The patient room is wonderful – very soothing and nurturing with a beautiful view. It’s exquisite.”
Photos: Halkin|Mason Photography