AIA Jacksonville Recognizes Three Gresham Smith-Designed Healthcare Facilities

May 6, 2019

Gresham Smith celebrated three award-winning healthcare projects at the American Institute of Architects (AIA) Jacksonville Design Awards Gala on Friday, May 3. UF Health North 92-Bed Inpatient Tower won a Merit Award in the built category, while UF Health Ambulatory Care Hub at Wildlight and St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside 60-Bed Heart & Vascular Pavilion received Merit Awards in the unbuilt category.

“Our Healthcare practice at Gresham Smith is committed to our clients, which means remaining focused on the end users—the clinicians, staff, patients and their loved ones. We know that successful designs support improved patient outcomes,” said Al Pramuk, chairman and CEO, Gresham Smith. “We are honored that AIA Jacksonville has recognized the efforts of our talented planning and design team, which play an important role in shaping our communities’ vital facilities.”

To serve the growing North Jacksonville area, UF Health envisioned a hospital built in a phased approach. UF Health North’s inpatient tower represents phase II of the project, connecting to the phase I medical office complex and ambulatory care center. The project is an example of what it means to design for a truly elevated human experience. Gresham Smith’s solution creates a connection to nature through green roofs, views, artwork and outdoor spaces; establishes supportive areas for staff that help advance care and collaboration; and integrates cutting-edge, in-room technology that gives patients greater control over their environments.

The UF Health Ambulatory Care Hub at Wildlight is one of the first health and wellness buildings located within an innovative planned community that puts wellness at the forefront of planning and design. This ambulatory care hub will support that mission by providing medical services specific to the needs of the community and focusing on lifestyle, prevention and treatment in a patient-centered environment.

St. Vincent’s Medical Center Riverside 60-Bed Heart & Vascular Pavilion will be a state-of-the-art patient tower. The project will not only help expand and enhance care for vascular and heart patients, but also help modernize the campus. For this reason, it was imperative to design a thoughtful, dynamic solution that addresses efficiency, integrates advanced technology, addresses local flooding concerns and accounts for future adaptability and flexibility.

The AIA Jacksonville Design and Honor Awards Program recognizes members of the Jacksonville architectural profession. These awards encourage excellence in architecture, elevate public consciousness of good planning and design, and recognize those whose work or advocacy enriches the built environment. Design and Honor Awards are bestowed upon members and participants who have contributed to the advancement of architecture, urban planning, art and craftsmanship.