Gresham Smith Healthcare Market Earns Top Awards from IIDA North Florida

We are excited to announce that the firm’s design for Baptist Health Care’s Brent Lane Campus in Pensacola, Florida, received three top awards at the 2024 Illuminate Design Awards, hosted by IIDA North Florida. The Illuminate Design Awards are the highest honor the IIDA North Florida can bestow upon a design team, recognizing design excellence, creativity and the efforts to continuously push boundaries and exceed expectations. Our Healthcare team for this project won the following awards:

Healthcare Category Award, Extra Large: recognizes specific facilities that provide short and long term care dedicated to the health and welfare of the general public, greater than 60,000 square feet.

Prism Award, Sustainability: recognizes a project chosen from all categories, designed with renewable and recyclable resources and materials, including but not limited to LEED and WELL certified buildings.

Spotlight Award, Judge’s Choice: This award is the highest honor, recognizing the overall best project chosen from all entries and winners.

About the Project:

Challenged by a hospital that could no longer meet the evolving needs of their providers, staff and the growing community, Baptist Health Care envisioned a design that supports the Northwest Florida region in a way that puts patients and families first. Gresham Smith delivered on that vision through a design solution developed around value-added design goals that embrace the future with advanced technology, enhanced patient safety, resilient systems, and a thoughtfully crafted human experience. We designed a new full-scale health campus on a 57-acre site with state-of-the-art facilities including a new 10-story, 268-bed hospital, the six-story, 178,000-square-foot Bear Family Foundation Health Center, a 48,000-square-foot Baptist Behavioral Health Unit, and a 23,000-square-foot central energy plant, as well as a forthcoming developer-owned medical office building.

The interior of each building takes cues from the exterior design, using handcrafted materials, such as wood, bronze and terrazzo, to create a warm, welcoming environment for patients, their loved ones and staff members. Drawing inspiration from the oaks in the town square, large scale light fixtures reference sunlight streaming through Spanish moss, while planters and full-height windows also bring the outdoors inside. Reminiscent of light reflecting over the ocean at sunrise or sunset, the color palette shifts colors at each level of the building. Transparent and translucent glass reduce patient anxiety at clinical entries, which are denoted by accent lighting, wood ceiling treatments and large-scale graphics, and lightwells bring daylight deep into the building’s core. Ultimately, the campus now provides greater convenience, efficiency and the latest healthcare technology to the Pensacola community, while providing a bright and calming environment for staff, patients and visitors.