Jacksonville, Florida


In designing a new cardiac care center for the Baptist Medical Center in Jacksonville, Fla., Cannon Design worked to resolve conflicting programmatic needs and site issues. St. John’s River forms the site’s western edge, while the existing hospital and a parking garage occupy its other sides. Though the Heart Hospital houses specialty clinics for cardiac patients, it also serves as a new entry pavilion to the entire medical center.

Cannon planned the building so that it spreads outward to welcome different transportation modes—pedestrian, automobile, and helicopter—and inflects inward, creating two separate wings joined by a roof garden. Elevations facing the existing hospital complex feature an unapologetically utilitarian aesthetic worthy of their almost industrial context, while the side facing the water steps down gently in a series of layers that the architect likens to sedimentary deposits.

The Heart Hospital’s different layers allow for multiple entrances and approaches, as well as the ideal orientation of patient rooms. From the main drive, a new entry on grade leads to the emergency room loading zone, while a ramp leads up to the main public entrance. Hovering above this public entrance, a freestanding helipad transcends its utilitarian purpose and becomes an icon for the hospital.

A multi-level, glass-walled lobby slips around the building’s circumference, connecting its two wings. Its transparency creates an immediate visual connection to the roof garden, the river, and the city skyline. Patient rooms define the building’s shape, bending and folding with fluidity to maximize light and views. Unlike the all-glass façade that faces the arrival court and helipad, the river façade features openings that the architect calculated to frame views for patients in panoramic horizontal slices.


Baptist Medical Center

Cannon Design
One City Centre, Suite 2500
St. Louis, MO 63101
314-241-6250 tel.
314-241-2570 fax

Design principal:
George Z. Nikolajevich, FAIA

Project designer:
David M. Polzin, AIA, LEED®

Healthcare planner:
Michael Pukszta, AIA

Project architect:
James N. Walsh, AIA

Project management:
David C. Duff, AIA; Stephan K. Gartman, RA

Project team:
Jonathan D. Cantor; Sharon Clark, RA; Joseph L. Cohen, RA, CPA, LEED®; Raymond Scott Crawford, AIA; Pamela H. Duff, RA; Meredith Green, IIDA; Lynn S. Grossman, AIA; Edward H. Hardison; Pamela Y. Hinson, IIDA; Scott L. Morris; Bruce M. Pitre, AIA; John G. Ripplinger

Tilden Lobnitz & Cooper
1717 South Orange Avenue, Suite 300
Orlando, FL 32806

Structural Engineers Group
4114 Sunbeam Rd., Bldg. 200
Jacksonville, FL 32257

Bowen Civil Engineering
6885 Belfort Oaks Place, Suite 110
Jacksonville, FL 32216-6242

Rosenberg Gardner Design
5190 N.W. 167 Street, Suite 111
Miami, FL 33014

General contractor
The Haskell Company
111 Riverside Avenue
Jacksonville, FL 32231-4100

Robert Pettus Photography
314-968-8631 tel.

Neil Rashba Architectural Photography
904-273-0388 tel.

George Z. Nikolajevich, Cannon Design,
314-241-6250 tel.




Structural system
Steel frame structural system

Exterior cladding
Metal/glass curtainwall:
Harmon www.harmoninc.com

Stucco integrally-colored textured precast concrete:
Gate Precast

Siplast www.siplast.com

Harmon www.harmoninc.com

Hurricane-resistant glass by Viracon www.viracon.com

Interior finishes
Acoustical ceilings:
Armstrong www.armstrong.com