June 23, 2014

A brutally cold winter in Cleveland exposed deficiencies in The MetroHealth System’s inadequate, aging infrastructure and highlighted the urgency of replacement, noted CEO Dr. Akram Boutros. He unveiled preliminary plans for a transformational campus at an open-forum community meeting held on May 9. 

HKS, Inc. has been hired as the executive architect to help MetroHealth and the planning team through its physical transformation to improve the health of the population it serves. 

“The stars are aligned to create a new MetroHealth that will address complex needs – the need for a healthy community, the need to help a population affected by healthcare reform, and the needs of an aging facility and infrastructure,” said Shannon Kraus, principal with HKS. 

“This is about place-making, health and wellness and leveraging this once-in-a-century opportunity to have a significant impact that goes well beyond the facilities.” 

A vision for the MetroHealth campus is being developed through an open and transparent process that is currently underway. MetroHealth is collecting ideas through the project website(www.metrohealthtransformation.org) as well as through interviews and sessions with both internal and external stakeholders.  Initial ideas include physical needs such as opening up the campus and creating a network of mixed-use buildings that spur further economic growth.  Other ideas are more programmatic in nature and include bike paths, shops, housing and parks.  One of the overriding considerations is that the re-envisioned campus would form integral links to the West 25th Street community to spur growth and development, as well as a healthy lifestyle for this corridor on the west side and all of greater Cleveland.  It also is envisioned that the new MetroHealth will be a more-efficient MetroHealth. 

As the executive architect, HKS will lead the master planning team in the conceptual development of the vision for the new MetroHealth System main campus.  They then will work with MetroHealth and the other project teams to help guide the implementation process until its completion.  Current plans being evaluated include rebuilding or renovating significant portions of its 3.2-million-square-foot campus, with specifics on size and funding expected to be determined by the end of 2014, construction to begin in 2016 and completion scheduled for 2020. 

HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 27 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 2,000 unique projects representing 80,000 beds and 184 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers. 

For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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