The new hospital building at Rush University Medical Center, the Tower, received top honors in the health category at the 2013 World Architecture Festival in Singapore on Oct. 3. The World Architecture Festival is the largest architectural award festival.
The Tower’s competitors included the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston, which is the official teaching hospital for Harvard Medical School’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. The other seven buildings that received consideration are all located outside of the U.S.
Judges noted that the Tower is “an innovative solution … a compelling result that challenges stereotypes of institutionalized health care.”
The Tower, which opened in January 2012, was designed using an “inside-out” approach. A focus on patient, family and staff comfort and improved outcomes inspired both the butterfly-shaped design of the bed tower and a number of interior design solutions to support and enhance an overall environment of health and wellness.
The four triangular-shaped points that comprise the structure of the butterfly-shaped Tower were designed to minimize steps between nursing stations and patient rooms. Nursing stations are decentralized and open to accommodate barrier-free consultation. Each patient room contains distinctly expressed zones for patient, family and caregiver.
Throughout the building, floor-to-ceiling windows allow for ample day lighting in key areas such as an operating room corridor where surgical staff can enjoy exposure to natural light and panoramic city views after a long procedure.
A four-story public lobby, the Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion, with a glazed open air terrarium unites new and existing buildings and brings natural planting into the interior environment while addressing indoor air contamination issues associated with indoor planting.
“Our goal was to create a new kind of hospital that, by its design and construction, would enable our nurses, doctors and other care givers to continuously improve the quality of care provided to our patients,” said Dr. Larry Goodman, CEO of Rush.
The Tower, designed by Perkins+Will, has received numerous other design and construction awards since its opening in January:
- LEED Gold Certification, making it the largest new-construction health care project in the world to be LEED Gold certified (April 2012)
- KPMG named the Rush Tower one of the most innovative and inspiring urban architecture projects in the world (Aug. 2012)
- Building Design + Construction 2012 Building Team Awards Platinum Award recognizing the collaboration on design concept and structural compilations (May 2012)
- Awarded the 2012 Project Achievement Award from Construction Managers Association of America (Oct. 2012) for Program Phase Buildings
- Received two recognitions at the Institute of Architects (AIA) Chicago Design Excellence Awards: the Divine Detail award for the terrarium and Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion and the Interior Architecture Award for Rush’s “inside-out” design approach to support an environment of health and wellness. (October 2012)
- Named Project of the Year by the Engineer News Record – Midwest (Nov. 2012)