Architectural renderings from project architect, NBBJ, highlight some of the extraordinary design elements featured in the $146-million project. A key element will be the dramatic new glass-enclosed lobby area. It offers a glorious amount of natural light and a sweeping overlapping wing-style ceiling design that extends beyond the lobby to continue the unique architectural theme outdoors.
“We’ve really worked hard to bring a sense of light and warmth to the project,” said Rainy Atkins, PeaceHealth Southwest’s Chief Operating Officer.
“The entire lobby space is infused with light, natural materials and warm colors. The goal is to combine high tech features with a comfortable Northwest style,” added Atkins.
The lobby will also feature informational kiosks, flower shop, cafe, resource center, outpatient pharmacy and lab services, registration, fireplace and designated space for musical performances and other entertainment, as well as holiday events.
Of course, the lobby area is just the beginning. A new dedicated Heart and Vascular Center with five new cardiac catherization labs and two open heart surgery suites, a new surgery floor with 13 new state-of-the art surgery suites, and five floors of new private patient rooms round out the project. Site preparation began in August 2003 and the build up of the patient tower will begin next spring with construction slated for completion by December 2006.
Family-Friendly Patient Rooms
PeaceHealth Southwest’s new patient tower will feature five floors of new private patient rooms. These single-bed rooms will be quite expansive and will be larger than the existing double patient rooms now used. The two top floors of the tower will be built out completely by December 2006. These two floors should offer wonderful views of the Columbia River and Mt. Hood.
The patient rooms include comfortable accommodations for loved ones and large family waiting areas will feature such modern conveniences as connection ports for personal computers. Natural materials and colors representative of our Northwest climate will define the space. Waiting areas will offer private to public congregation areas.
The new patient tower will sit just southwest of the existing Emergency Department, which is set for a major expansion starting in September, 2004.
PeaceHealth Southwest is also expanding parking on campus. The work includes construction of a new surface parking lot just west of campus and the expansion of the existing parking structure.
The patient tower will be completed in December 2006. More photos and details of the tower project are now on display in the 92nd Avenue Lobby at the Medical Center.
A formal model and additional renderings of the tower project will be available for viewing in about 60 days.
For information, call (360) 514-Southwest (7963)