2018 Healthcare Design Showcase: Stead Family Children's Hospital takes patient experience to new heights

The critically acclaimed University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital’s use of innovative design and construction methodologies, inclusive a stakeholder input, promotes a built environment suited for clinical and family-centered care. After opening in early 2017, the hospital’s design has continued to capture the attention of audiences from across the globe, most recently receiving recognition from the European Healthcare Design Congress and the Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute. This month, the hospital is featured in the 2018 Healthcare Design Showcase, winning the Award of Merit from Healthcare Design Magazine (HCD).

The University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital was reviewed by a panel of 17 jurors, appointed by HCD’s partner organizations, The Center for Health Design, International Interior Design Association, and American Society of Interior Designers. The hospital features a variety of design elements, that according to HCD takes patient experience to new heights: “a curvilinear plan that supports onstage/offstage circulation, parent-only respite rooms, building orientation to maximize outdoor views, and pursuit of LEED Silver certification. But one feature stood out among the rest: a ‘press box’ on the rooftop that affords patients and their families a gameday view inside Kinnick Stadium, the home of the University of Iowa Hawkeyes football team.

Equally impressive to jurors was the design team’s proactive approach toward the project’s most complex challenges.

CBRE | Heery was the architect and designer of the new 507,000-square foot pediatric health care facility, which opened in February 2017 and located on the University of Iowa Health Care campus in Iowa City, Iowa. The pediatric health “Center of Excellence” further develops a statewide, Iowa-specific children’s system of care by creating an innovative children’s hospital and incorporating sophisticated health information technology. The 14-story inpatient care facility, with two levels below ground and twelve above, stations 190 beds. Another 55 pediatric beds will continue to function in UIHC’s existing Neonatal Intensive Care Unit, which is now physically linked to 28 additional PICU beds in the new hospital. The building utilizes systems and materials that not only meet energy efficiency goals, but also are appropriate to, and harmonious with, the architectural context of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Check out HCD Magazine August issue and read CBRE | Heery Managing Director Scott Hansche’s perspective on how some of the jury’s favorite design elements were achieved