CBRE | Heery’s design of the University of Iowa Stead Family Children’s Hospital was recognized as among the best in the world with awards for both architecture and interior design during this year’s European Healthcare Design Congress & Exhibition held on June 12 in London, UK.
The hospital’s design was awarded Highly Commended designations by the European Design Awards jury consisting of an international committee of healthcare researchers, practitioners and policy advisors. Organized by Architects for Health and SALUS Global Knowledge Exchange, the awards program celebrates professional excellence in the design of healthcare environments around the world and seeks to make significant contributions towards the global development of knowledge and standards in the design of healthcare environments.
The Stead Family Children’s Hospital was among 110 award entries from around the world and the only U.S. project honored. CBRE | Heery received European Healthcare Design – Highly Commended accolades for Healthcare Design (Over 20,000 sqm), and for Interior Design and Arts.
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, United States. The hospital was acknowledged as an effective healthcare environment that demonstrates high levels of sustainability and urban integration, promotes service improvement, and provides a supportive environment for patients, their families and staff.
The design team was also commended for exceptional skill in creating a compassionate healthcare environment that reflects and communicates the values of the healthcare provider through the integrated application of interior design with the visual arts. The design concept explores nature throughout the state of Iowa as a healing element. The lower levels implement textures, patterns and colors reflecting Iowa’s farmlands. This gradually changes on higher floors into prairies, woodlands, and rivers, culminating in skies on the top level. Each floor has its own color and icon to assist in wayfinding and provide a sense of discovery for children and their families.