Contract - October 2009 - (Page 62)

healthcare environment awards to your health Despite the recession, this year’s winners prove that thoughtful, well-planned, well-executed design is still being done By the Contract Editorial Staff This summer, Contract once again gathered a panel of healthcare architects and interior designers to conduct the annual Healthcare Environment Awards Competition. Co-sponsored by The Center for Health Design, the competition aims to recognize excellence in design that enhances the delivery of care. Given the bleak economic situation of the preceding months, it was with great anticipation this year’s jury—Suzen L. Heeley, director of design at Hackensack University Medical Center in Hackensack, N.J.; James D. May, AIA, LEED AP, director of design practice for the New York region for Granary Associates; and Barbara J. Huelat, ASID, IIDA, AAHID regent, interior design principal at Huelat Parimucha in Alexandria, Va—gathered at Contract’s offices. After all, amid the flat-lining billings across the profession, it seemed healthcare still had a pulse. Of course, the healthcare sector is not immune to the budgetary struggles facing the A&D community, and in reviewing this year’s projects and their own experiences, the jury soberly predicted that, in the end, finances would continue to drive design into the near future. The question wasn’t whether it will impact design, but rather how deeply, with our jury wondering if, after years of evidence showing the benefits of single-patient rooms, the trend would revert from hospitalityinfluenced spaces and individual rooms back toward more institutionalized, ward-like systems because it is a cheaper way to deliver care. To this thought, there was a universal shudder. St. Anthony Hospital, designed by Zimmer Gunsul Frasca (above; photo by Doug J. Scott). Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, designed by Eskew+Dumez+Ripple (left; photo by Jeff Johnston). contract october 2009

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - October 2009

Contract - October 2009
Slim Jim
Common Threads
Two Roads Diverge
All Together Now
Healthy Building
Face-To-Face Value
Life Goes On...
To Your Health
Designers Rate: Healthcare Seating
In Defense of Marriage (Of Convenience)
Ad Index

Contract - October 2009