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design live long and prosper Evidence-based designs once again dominate entries of the annual Healthcare Environment Awards By Stacy Straczynski Healthcare was on the brain once again this summer at Contract’s New York offices, as judges for the 2010 Healthcare Environment Awards (HEA) —Betsy Beaman, AIA, Stanley Beaman & Sears, Atlanta; Rosalyn Cama, FASID, Cama, Inc., New Haven, Conn.; Kate Wendt, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Boston; and Sharon E. Woodworth, AIA, Anshen+Allen, San Francisco—met to review and deliberate over this year’s project entries. The annual competition, co-sponsored by Contract magazine, The Center for Health Design, HEALTHCARE DESIGN.10, and The Vendome Group, recognizes excellence in healthcare facility design in Acute, Ambulato , Conceptual, Health and Fitness, Long-Term, and Student categories. Overall, the 2010 entries showcased similar trends to those witnessed in previous years. Evidence-based design (EBD) models again were prevalent, staying on par with already established archetypes. The judges stress the continuing need to incorporate EBD into healthcare design and the necessity for its continued research, innovation, and growth, saying: “Designers now have a responsibility to find new ways of interpreting these concepts to provide both clients and patients with unique and functional environments.” Motifs also tended to center around familiar themes. Nature-inspired— such as inclusions of naturally occurring, sustainable, and earth-toned elements—and hospitality-like aesthetics in the form of fun patterns and wood elements took center stage in a continuing effort to increase healing, comfort, and communication among patients and staff via welcoming environments. Surprisingly, a majority of projects took a turn toward the dark side, boasting unconventional palettes that featured deep shades of brown and mahogany, as opposed to the traditional pale tans and pastel hues that have been prominent in healthcare. The continuing themes in healthcare design also seem to relate directly to economic conditions. “Similar to how the recession is affecting the lives of all individuals and families, healthcare organizations and institutions are learning to get by with less by reducing their operating costs and minimizing waste,” says one judge. Healthcare leaders are focusing their efforts on lean processes, scrutinizing materials management and supply chain operations to reduce time and cost, as well as heavily budgeting their facility planning needs. Bellevue Medical Center, designed by HDR Architecture (photos © 2010 Farshid Assassi) 82 contract october 2010

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - October 2010

Contract - October 2010
Editor's Note
Focus: What's Next
Focus: A New Conversation
Materials: Cork and Circumstances
Green: Net Zero
Practice: The Office That Never Closes
Splashy and Sustainable
The Art of Healthcare Design
Best Foot Forward
Harmonious and Healthy
Of Sea and Stone
Live Long and Prosper
Trends: From Illness Care to Wellness Care
Process: On the Front Line
Designers Rate
Ad Index

Contract - October 2010