Published in the Healthcare Design’s 2012 Architectural and Interior Design Showcase

The Marian Regional Medical Center was selected by a jury of architects, interior designers, academics, owners, and other industry experts for inclusion in Healthcare Design’s 12th annual Architectural and Interior Design showcase. Completed in July of 2012, our firm’s design of the new 239,560-square-foot facility was recognized in the magazine’s patient towers category. The publication text for the project reads as follows:

Marian Medical Center is a sole-provider hospital serving the growing population in the surrounding California central coast. The existing patient rooms at Marian were more than 40 years old, semiprivate, and in desperate need of replacement.

The new four-story, 239,560-square-foot expansion to Marian Medical Center provides 181 new state-of-the-art inpatient beds. In addition to additional inpatient bed capacity, this project will also replace outdated pharmacy and nutritional services, as well as replace the existing Emergency Department, allowing Marian to double its current Emergency Department capacity.

The inpatient care units are organized using a four-bed “cluster” concept that allows staff to remain closer to the patient and improves operating efficiency. Each cluster is equipped with its own work counter, computer/charting station, and clean/soiled linen support areas. To optimize operational flexibility in response to clinical variations in bed need, this project provides swing-bed capacity allowing Marian Medical Center staff to move bed clusters between inpatient units.

The dramatic building image is influenced by the indigenous California mission style prevalent in Santa Maria and along the central coast region in California. The main entrance is expressed through two monumental towers that rise above the four-story façade and articulate the primary facility access.

This project incorporates special owner initiatives including elements for a healing environment, patient safety, and sustainable design.

To read more about the project, click here.

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