CannonDesign collaborates with the Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh on a combined elementary and middle school that offers a radical departure from the “cells and bells” approach that has long dictated K-12 school design.
Client: Northwest Community Healthcare Completion Date: May 2010 Program: An eight-story, 225,000-square-foot addition to the hospital, with an 11,000-square-foot lobby, an emergency department, intensive care, private patient rooms, and medical/surgical and perinatal units. Design Concept and Solution: The architects sought to enhance both the safety and privacy of patients while standardizing rooms for ease of care. The triangular form of the tower—whose sharp tip stands in counterpoint to the hospital's International Style campus—shortens travel distances for staff. To boost efficiency and flexibility, each room is a standard size, with a consistent layout, and is equipped to serve intensive-care patients and