The new mills-peninsula Hospital in Burlingame, California, is a good example of evidence-based design, which has firmly taken root as the premiere influence on hospital architecture today. Anshen + Allen, now part of Stantec Architecture, used the approach to guide their design of this state-of-the art, 450,000-square-foot facility outside San Francisco. Based on scientific evidence that patients heal better when their physical and emotional comfort is maximized, Anshen + Allen's scheme puts the patient squarely at the center. For example, patients here are treated to 100-percent fresh air for ventilation; single-occupancy rooms for privacy; large windows to bring in light and provide vistas to the outdoors; exterior healing gardens and walking paths; and strategies to minimize noise and infection. 'Patients recover more quickly if they have views of nature. Single-room occupancy works better as there is less risk for medical error, for infection, and on the human side healing is more rapid,' remarks Kevin Day, senior architect from Anshen + Allen. 'Patient-centered care affected all our decisions.'
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The design team determined that the Green Guide for Health Care was the best benchmark to ensure sustainability. Through modeling and analysis, the architects developed a strategy to save energy that includes a variable-air-volume system with heat recovery and a high-performance building envelope: The hospital's energy consumption is expected to be 33 percent lower than California's stringent Title 24'energy-performance baseline. Numerous other sustainable strategies include low-flow plumbing fixtures, lighting controls, daylighting, and materials made with minimum toxicity and renewable and recycled content. While Mills-Peninsula employs an abundance of high-tech and sustainable strategies, implemented with shiplike efficiency in the tightly programmed spaces, its greatest success is the way the design addresses users' well-being. The warm and inviting public spaces ' the gardens, lobbies, dining area, and a meditation room ' combined with patient rooms that reflect the holistic values of evidence-based design, make this a model facility.
Completion Date: May 2011
Total construction cost: $488.6 million
Gross square footage: 450,000 square feet (hospital);
180,000 square feet (office building)
Mills-Peninsula Health Services, A Sutter Health Affiliate
Anshen+Allen, part of Stantec
Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
Anderson Brulé Architects
Architect for Palo Alto Medical Foundation spaces: (MOB lobby and floors 2-5) Hawley Peterson Snyder (major tenant for the MOB.)
Landscape: Antonia Bava Landscape Architects
Lighting: h.e. banks + Associates
Acoustical: Charles M. Salter Associates, Inc.
Code: Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
Cost: Hanscomb Faithful & Gould
Thermal Comfort Study: Arup
Energy Modeling: Architectural Energy Corporation
Waterproofing: Simpson, Gumpertz + Heger
Signage: Kate Keating Associates, Inc.
Turner Construction Company
CAD system, project management, or other software used:
Structural system – Hospital
base-isolated steel brace frame
Structural Steel: The Herrick Corporation
Masonry: Cold Springs Granite
Elastomeric: Sika Sarnafil
Glass: Shenzhen CSG Architectural Glass Co.
Entrances: Besam, Kawneer
Hinges: Markar Products, McKinney
Exit devices: Sargent
Acoustical ceilings: George Family Enterprises
Cabinetwork and custom woodwork:
Paints and stains:
Floor and wall tile:
Interior ambient lighting: Mark Architectural Lighting, Infinite, Axis Lighting, Light Space
Downlights: Kurt Versen, Lightolier, Focal Point
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