May 18, 2015

Orlando Regional Medical Center Expansion received an Award of Honor from the AIA Orlando Chapter, and Tradition Medical Center received an Award of Merit. The awards were presented at the awards gala on April 11 at the Country Club of Orlando. 

The design competition highlights the area’s best architects, designers and allied professionals. Entries are judged by an independent expert jury panel composed of academics and professionals from the fields of architecture and design. 

The recently completed Orlando Regional Medical Center Expansion is a comprehensive reimagining of Orlando Health’s core campus in downtown Orlando. This opportunity to completely recreate the ORMC campus was guided by Orlando Health’s “Patient First” principles. The design team sought to create a campus that is representative of the community’s culture while articulating the center’s future vision. At the core of every design decision, the team sought to enhance the human experience by creating a healing environment with a calm, nurturing ambience. The project includes a new hospital entry and lobby; a 10-story patient tower; and an expanded Emergency Department, lab, surgery suite and cardiovascular platform; as well as numerous clinical support renovations and infrastructural improvements. The ORMC Expansion features a host of concierge-style amenities – all nestled in a building that reflects the natural beauty of Florida – blending medicine and design. 

Tradition Medical Center in Port St. Lucie, a distinctive 90-bed satellite hospital, opened its doors December 18, 2013. The building is sited to maximize views to nature, especially from patient rooms and public spaces like the lobby and dining area. Eastern and western exposures are minimized to promote energy savings. The hospital features articulated fenestration and detailing, as well as a stair tower to facilitate wayfinding and accentuate the main hospital entrance. Natural light and views to nature were introduced to accelerate healing, reduce medical errors and enhance wayfinding inside the facility. The corridors of the hospital’s bed tower and diagnostic and treatment block terminate in views of nature, rather than additional rooms or stair towers. It includes an emergency room, labor and delivery services, surgery, general medical services and digital imaging. 

HKS, Inc. is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 26 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 Sherri Smith at

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