Contract - October 2011 - (Page 86)

healthcare environment awards the 2011 healthcare environment awards 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. Recognizing excellence in healthcare facility design, the annual awards program—co-sponsored by Contract, The Center for Health Design, and Healthcare Design.11—identified seven standout projects in the categories of Acute Care, Ambulatory Care, Long-Term Care/Assisted Living, and Student proposals. Three winners and four honorable mentions were selected by a jury of architecture and design industry professionals: Rosalyn Cama, FASID, president and principal, CAMA, Inc.; Bobbie Fisch, CID, LEED AP, principal, Tom Eliot Fisch; Randy Guillot, AIA, principal, Cannon Design; and Sue Firestone, founder and chair, sfa design. The judges evaluated the entries on visuals, response to the program statement, partnership between designer and client, and client feedback. “Healthcare is one of the most hotly discussed areas of design today. It is ripe for a multidisciplinary approach,” says Guillot. “The designer’s role in this process is to be an active participant, if true success is to be achieved. Any design prioritizing process over humanity will fail.” The judges are excited to see what future competitions will bring to the table, as the continuing recession forces more designers to rethink accepted cultures and work around cost limitations. According to Guillot, true success in healthcare design will involve the participation of design professionals from the start, rather than a dressing of the space after the fact. “Challenge your clients to think like this and your potential for true innovation will be there,” he says. A luncheon ceremony with Contract Editor in Chief John Czarnecki on November 15 at the Healthcare Design.11 conference in Nashville will recognize the winners. —Stacy Straczynski (continued on page 88) Photo by (left to right) Nick Merrick/©Hedrich Blessing; Robert Benson; Dana Wheelock; Jim Roof Creative Photography University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital Leonard Florence Center for Living Whittier Clinic Willson Hospice House 86 contract october 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Contract - October 2011

Contract - October 2011
Industry news
Product briefs: healthcare
Product focus: caregivers need care, too
Product focus: above + below
Product focus: glass for health
Advancements made in evidence-based healthcare design
The power of design
Less clinical, more hospitable
Beautifully lean
Raising the bar
New life
Urban sanctuary
The 2011 healthcare environment awards
Designers select: healthcare products
Ad index

Contract - October 2011