Published in the Healthcare Design’s 2004 Architectural and Interior Design Showcase

Healthcare Design’s Architectural and Interior Design showcase presents notable recent healthcare projects designed by firms across the U.S. and beyond. Featured projects are reviewed and selected by a jury of architects, designers, researchers, and facility-based experts. Designed by Moon Mayoras Architects, Inc., the Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center was selected for the fourth annual showcase under the Projects in Progress category. The 345,000-square-foot Acute Care Hospital and 13,000-square-foot Central Utility Plant, located in Carson City, Nevada, is on schedule for on time completion in December 2005. The publication text for the project reads as follows:

Carson-Tahoe Regional Medical Center (CTRMC) is nested in the hills of the majestic eastern façade of the Sierra Nevadas. The scenic beauty of the site affords unique opportunities for architecture to interact with nature to create a healing environment. This concept begins on the access road, which is buffered with indigenous plants and landscape materials sympathetic to the local environment. The main entrance is composed of natural shapes, slightly skewed to the north to mimic the mountain background and break up the linear building façade.

Adjacent to the entry and parking area is a pedestrian plaza overlooking the panoramic Southern Valley and Eagle Creek. The lobby and waiting areas feature floor-to-ceiling windows, which bathe them in natural light and provide 180° view through the natural river-wash to the dramatic Eagle Valley and Sierra Nevada.

The 345,000-square-foot facility has four levels with a separate Central Utility Plant. The lower floor houses support services and a material-managed/distribution center that allows materials to flow behind the scenes from the three-bay loading dock.

Level One focuses on administrative services, emergency, imaging, outpatient services, and dining. The 300-foot-long lobby acts as a datum and allows visitors and outpatients to find their destinations easily. This space is subdivided into intimately scaled waiting areas by means of continuous 30′ sawtooth alcoves that mimic the adjacent mountains.

Level Two houses 8 operating rooms, 16 critical care beds, 27 surgical beds, and 8 cardiovascular beds. The latter are designed as universal patient rooms, providing heart patients with preoperative to postoperative care in the same setting. Building finishes are carefully chosen in this area to enhance the patient-family experience.

Level Three is dedicated to patient rooms, with a 27-bed medical unit, 42-bed medical telemetry unit, 8 pediatric beds, 4 postoperative care beds, and 8 Labor/Delivery/Recovery/Postpartum (LDRP) rooms. Each inpatient care unit incorporates a discharge lounge for patients awaiting transportation or completion of paperwork. The top of the entry structure is a large reading and waiting room with a 270° view of Carson City, Nevada.

CTRMC is designed to incorporate dynamic new healthcare technologies while giving patients and their families a feeling of comfort. The inspiring landscape and endless panoramas are harnessed by the architectural design to provide a truly enhanced healing environment.

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