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After reviewing more than 100 design concepts. I mean from architects, design firms, students, health care companies. Then I heard they added even engineering and construction firms. Most noteworthy, these proposals came from throughout the U.S. and the world. So, Kaiser Permanente announced today nine finalists in its “Small Hospital, Big Idea” competition.
So, the “Small Hospital, Big Idea” competition seeks design concepts. That’s for a small, eco-conscious hospital. Let’s not forget a patient and family-friendly hospital. One that uses the best in emerging medical technology. Then access to coordinate and deliver care to Kaiser Permanente members.
As also reported:
“Searching for the brightest ideas in health care design and delivery.”
So, Kaiser Permanente will hold an open hospital design competition. For they are inviting students and architects. Even engineers and designers. Most interestingly and teams of multidisciplinary thinkers. All to conceptualize new ways to deliver high-quality health care. The competition will look for the innovative use of technology and facility design. That’s to improve access to care and foster collaboration and quality while remaining efficient and affordable.
For I mean a hospital that would foster the collaboration. Most importantly and use of emerging medical technology that is central to care at Kaiser Permanente.
The nine finalists are: Aditazz; Ellerbe Becket; Gresham, Smith and Partners. In addition to HGA; Lee, Burkhart, Liu; Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch; Perkins+Will. Finally SmithGroup and Iceland-based TBL architects.
The finalists were also selected through a rigorous and lengthy scoring process. One most noteworthy, that included multiple reviews. Combined with and by dozens of Kaiser Permanente nurses and physicians. Also planners and hospital administrators. Moreover, construction managers, architects and engineers.
After an initial screening by the competition advisory committee to ensure proposals. For those also that met the competition’s design criteria. So, a multidisciplinary team of 35 people. For they met May 3-5 in San Diego. There they also did review 78 proposals.
Designs were also scored on:
Out of that lengthy evaluation process, the highest-scoring and top 18 proposals emerged.
For that’s when the committee meets; on May 10-11 in Laguna Beach to determine the top nine proposals.
At every phase of evaluation, the screening and scoring was conducted “blindly,” with the identities of entrants revealed only after the short-list was created May 11.
The short-listed firms will be invited to present their concepts. Combined with a design jury May 25-26 in San Diego. Judges will include Clemson University architecture professor David Allison. In addition, Charles Siconolfi, director of health care planning and design for HOK. Also, Jeffrey D. Selberg who is, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement. Finally and along with leading Kaiser Permanente physicians, nurses, and architects.
In conclusion, the jury will select from the shortlist up to three finalists. All that will receive compensation of up to $750,000 to develop their concepts further. Finalists will be announced May 31. That’s when Stage 2 of the competition begins. The final winner will be announced Nov. 4. Finally, and will be eligible to enter into a contract with Kaiser Permanente. Yes, folks and for the small hospital project.
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