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PHOEBE SUMTER MEDICAL CENTER, americus, ga GRESHAM, SMITH AND PARTNERS (GS&P), jacksonville, fl The main elevation of the Phoebe Sumter Medical Center. PHOTOS BY JAMES KOLB. Designing healthcare facilities has reached a new level of complexity as market forces dictate that providers and facilities do more with less. At the same time, it is essential to recognize the human experience and that many patients arrive at a facility with a degree of anxiety, fear or pain. Creating an experience that is nurturing and comfortable can help to ameliorate those feelings. This 286-acre healthcare campus includes a 190,000-squarefoot, 76-bed medical center that was designed to replace Sumter Regional Hospital after it was hit by a tornado in 2007. The medical center and three additional outpatient facilities, also designed by GS&P, are all registered with USGBC for LEED Certification. The client’s goals were to make the medical center an economic magnet for the city that would also attract the very brightest 14 professionals to the staff. The design solution was to create a “sense of place” by organizing the three outpatient facilities in conjunction with the medical center to develop a “medical village.” The form of the “village,” which includes health walks and concert spaces, follows the urban pattern of the historic core of the city of Americus where buildings are organized around a town square composed of historic structures. This urban core dates from a time when Americus was a major hub for the trading of cotton. In response to this historic architectural precedent, the medical center’s entrance, lobby and fenestration were derived from structures in the historic district. Clear “Patterns for Growth” that ensure that future growth is complimentary to the original design were established for both the overall campus and the medical center. The master plan also sought to reduce the cost of future growth to support financial sustainability. www.aiafla.org http://www.aiafla.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2012

President’s Message / Peter W. Jones, AIA
Florida Atlantic University Engineering and Computer Sciences Classroom Building
Bonaire Residence
Stovash, Case and Tingley, P.A. Law Offices
Phoebe Sumter Medical Center
The Other ’56
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Florida/Caribbean Architect - Summer 2012