The entries for Contract magazine’s 2011 Healthcare Environment Awards were a clear indication that industry practitioners are more heavily focusing on evidence-based design and patient comfort. Lindsey, along with fellow Clemson student, Eva Behringer, were honored in the student category.
Wagener’s “Prototype Critical Access Hospital” is an “ambitious proposal that captured our imagination,” judges say, citing its multilayer design that seeks to visually connect with its surrounding landscape while providing a state-of-the-art facility for the underserved residents of rural Edgefield, South Carolina. The Cor-Ten AZP steel and glass exterior is integrated into the site’s sloped landscape via a similarly tilted roof, making the building stand out “as a beacon of public interaction,” Wagener details. The 50,000- to 58,000-square-foot hospital houses up to 25 inpatient beds, emergency care, surgery, imaging, rehabilitation, and a pharmacy/lab. The site is meant to be a “health park,” and has plenty of trees.
[Excerpt from Contract Magazine]