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The HKS-designed Neuva Expansión Hospital Observatorio stood out with a distinctive shape much different from typical hospital or medical office building campuses, explained Modern Healthcare Awards judge Nicholas Tejeda, CEO of Tenet Healthcare Corp.'s Doctors Hospital of Manteca, Calif.
Tejeda added that this year’s best projects integrated function with the environment outside their walls and created an environment of healing.
The Neuva Expansión Hospital Observatorio received a 2014 Modern Healthcare Citation Design Award.
The Nueva Expansión Hospital Observatorio (NEHO) is an extension of the 200-bed American British Cowdray Hospital and ABC Cancer Center, located on the Campus Observatorio in Mexico City. The new tower creates additional inpatient services, provides better comfort and safety and includes a new module of radiotherapy facilities, a level for patient registration and two below-grade levels of parking, covering a total of 198,734 square feet.
“We are delighted that the project design was recognized by Modern Healthcare,” said Bruce Johnson, HKS associate principal. “I have had the pleasure of working with this client for more than 10 years,” he added. “The new inpatient tower complements the design of a new campus development in the block adjacent to the existing 60-year-old campus.”
The client and design team also saw the potential to use the renovation of this hospital, making it the main technology campus for cardiovascular and oncology services in the system, as an opportunity to breathe life into a neighborhood. The renovation of the campus has brought hope, injected a new sense of pride and infused a clean, modern design language within the community, prompting area homeowners and investors to revitalize their properties.
Situated in the center of an urban block, the patient views were improved through the use of exterior balcony gardens. The building exterior was designed using local limestone and large expanses of glass to create a contemporary image and blend with other newly constructed buildings. Warm woods, porcelain tile, colors and artwork enhance the patient experience from within. Natural lighting throughout creates an atmosphere of harmony peace of mind.
With extreme site constraints, the new inpatient tower was literally formed from the existing available space on the site. The building stitches together the two existing facilities to form a cohesive campus, even within such a constrained space. A garden was created to link the three buildings and to re-establish a campus feel to the institution, something that had been lost with the building of a series of additions since the Observatorio facility first opened in 1964.
Now in their 29th year, Modern Healthcare’s Design Awards have chronicled the industry’s pursuit to define, design and create the ideal healing environment.
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.
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