In late 2004, LS3P was commissioned to develop a community-centered design for a 21st-century hospital reflecting HRMC’s organizational structure and governance. The 82,000 square-foot building is concave shaped to metaphorically embrace the community, with a lower front porch arcade that creates a warm, neighborly welcome. The main lobby acts as the community living room, or a central public space, that provides convenient access to major services, including the registration area for inpatients and outpatients, cafeteria, meeting rooms, and ER. The relationships between spaces are carefully planned for ease of access, efficiency, and future expansion. A gracious, grand staircase and associated elevator make the two-story day-lit atrium a continuation of the community living room into the patient units on the second floor.
LS3P and HRMC synergetically collaborated on the programming, planning, design, and construction of a hospital that provides 21st century healthcare in a warm, comforting, and healing environment that “embraces the community.“ State-of-the-art technology provides a sense of comfort within a family-centered care envelope.