CO Architects’ Green-Green Design Takes Shape Print
Wednesday, 15 July 2009 06:54

The 736,000-square-foot Palomar Medical Center West, a 360-bed hospital under construction in northern San Diego County, had its ceremonial steel-frame topping out ceremony on July 10, 2009.
Regarded as perhaps the greenest and most advanced hospital ever designed, Palomar Medical Center West is foremost a garden hospital, infused extensively by natural light and plantings—including a 2.5-acre green roof and public terrace, placed atop the surgical wing.

The outdoor, rooftop garden is accessible to staff and visitors, and is visible from patient rooms. Additionally, the hospital embraces a ground-floor central garden, and each patient floor features garden conservatories. The new hospital is also green in that has been designed to use a minimum amount of water and electricity, and will use or treat rainwater.

In other advances, each patient room was designed with intensive in-room infrastructural connections that will reduce the need to move patients from room to room, or even floor to floor for treatment. The goal is to keep a patient and visiting family in one room throughout a visit. In addition to the evidence-based design, the building has high interstitial spaces, and a minimum of permanently fixed walls, so as to easily adapt to future yet still unanticipated needs.

The $500-million-dollar Palomar Medical Center West is presently the largest single building under construction in California.

The nationally-recognized CO Architects specializes in institutional architectural planning, programming, and design. The firm’s experience ranges from existing facility evaluations to new, comprehensive medical or academic buildings and campuses.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 July 2009 07:51