GS&P-Designed Brandon Healthplex Wins Merit Award from AIA Tampa Bay 

Tampa General Hospital’s Brandon Healthplex Provides Spectrum of Care in Retail-Like Environment

November 07, 2017   |   Tampa,  Fla.   |   Awards

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that the firm’s Brandon Healthplex received a Merit Award in the Built Commercial category of the AIA Tampa Bay Honor & Design Awards. The Design Awards Program recognizes excellence in design by the architectural profession and is presented by AIA Tampa Bay, a Chapter of the American Institute of Architects. These Awards are intended to promote public consciousness of the built environment through distinguished works of architecture.

“Congratulations to Tampa General Hospital and our design team on this award. Brandon Healthplex is Tampa General Hospital’s flagship outpatient center,” said Matt Harrell, AIA, ACHA, LEEP AP, division vice president, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Our design helps establish the brand image while reflecting TGH’s quality of care and creating a human-centric environment. By offering both an accessible and patient-centric design – with amenities such as a coffee shop and retail pharmacy – we created an access point for the larger system thereby promoting population health.”
 
It is one of the first facilities in Florida to house the wide variety of different outpatient services in one building. The four-story, 130,000-square-foot facility houses an emergency department, which opened in March, as well as primary and specialty care physician practices, ambulatory surgery, an outpatient laboratory draw station, a retail pharmacy, café, outpatient surgery center. Brandon Healthplex is sited prominently with a modern exterior featuring metallic panel windows and fritted glass canopies. To help establish the TGH brand, the design draws inspiration from the Tampa General Hospital main campus on Davis Island. The curved main entry façade is inspired by the waves that surround Davis Island.
 
The interior design is open and modern, drawing inspiration from modern retail spaces, including a hospitality-inspired lobby. Wood ceilings provide a sense of warmth, while the muted tones of the flooring are set off by brightly colored furniture and artwork. Views to nature invoke peacefulness and create a bright space to enhance the healing environment.
 
To promote efficiencies, standardized, same-handed exam rooms allow caregivers to focus on patients in a familiar environment rather than navigate multiple room configurations. With adaptability in mind, select patient rooms in the ambulatory surgery center are equipped with showers. This will allow the surgery center to transition to multi-day stays in the event that Florida state law changes to allow patients to stay longer than 24 hours in an outpatient facility.
 
GS&P’s dedicated Healthcare staff approach each project through the lens of Value-Added Design. Value-Added Design is a dynamic, holistic framework in which teams explore and define what is important to clients with a focus on key performance indicators: patient safety; operational efficiencies; integration of technology; adaptability/resiliency; healthy, sustainable buildings; and human experience through evidence-based design. This approach gives clients the opportunity to assess and prepare for inevitable market shifts. 
 

“Congratulations to Tampa General Hospital and our design team on this award. Brandon Healthplex is Tampa General Hospital’s flagship outpatient center. Our design helps establish the brand image while reflecting TGH’s quality of care and creating a human-centric environment. By offering both an accessible and patient-centric design – with amenities such as a coffee shop and retail pharmacy – we created an access point for the larger system thereby promoting population health.”

Matt Harrell, AIA, ACHA, LEEP AP, division vice president, Gresham, Smith and Partners
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