GS&P Projects Win AIA Middle Tennessee Design Awards

Three Projects Recognized for Planning and Design Excellence

October 26, 2017   |   Nashville,  Tenn.   |   Awards

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that three of the firm’s designs were honored by AIA Middle Tennessee. GS&P’s design for Kaiser Permanente’s North Arundel Medical Center took home the top honor in the Built Small Healthcare category. The Nashville Food Project design received the Unbuilt Merit Award and the master plan for Kaiser Permanente’s South Northern Virginia Medical Center received a Citation Award in the Unbuilt category for its excellence in planning and research. 

“Each of these projects is unique yet focused on the common goal of creating spaces that best serve our clients as well as the buildings’ occupants,” notes Brent Hughes, AIA, EDAC, LEEP AP, division vice president at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “By listening to our clients and truly understanding each of their end goals, we were able to design facilities that improve the human experience through smart planning and collaboration. Congratulations to our clients and design team on these well-deserved awards.”

The Kaiser Permanente North Arundel Medical Center is a 25,000-square-foot replacement facility serving the southern Baltimore, Maryland, area with primary care, pediatrics, ophthalmology, OBGYN, optometry, pharmacy, imaging, lab services and vision essentials. The facility was designed to be a focal point in the community and embody the idea of Kaiser Permanente’s “Total Health Environment,” which comforts members during the entirety of their visit through design and the branding of key experiences. The architecture expresses verticality while providing varying fenestrations to maximize interior daylighting and create an identifiable and memorable building. The interior design conveys warmth and clarity. Throughout the facility, occupants experience color, often in unexpected ways, such as behind the portal to a clinic. Intuitive wayfinding and circulation was achieved via entry portals, graphics, directional signage and color-coded walls that denote different functions.

The Nashville Food Project will serve as the new home for the Nashville-based nonprofit and bring people together in a supportive space to grow, cook and share nourishing food. Nashville Food Project aims to cultivate community and alleviate hunger in the city. The organization has outgrown their current facility and needs more space in order to continue to pursue their mission. The new facility will enable the nonprofit to prepare more meals in a commercial kitchen as well as engage in community outreach, such as community meals and cooking classes. It will also create a strong brand identity and reflect the client’s goal to be an integral and welcoming part of the community by keeping the kitchen central and creating a beacon-like structure. 

The Kaiser Permanente South NOVA Medical Center master plan included site due diligence and a conceptual design for a new campus consisting of a 300,000-square-foot multispecialty medical office building and associated parking garage. The master plan for Kaiser Permanente’s new hub in Northern Virginia is a true example of how client and team collaboration can elevate design. The venture began as a master planning exercise for the long-term client but quickly evolved into a mutually rewarding architectural investigation. The project started by setting aside time to define a clear, shared set of design criteria and objectives enabling early buy-in on design direction. Together, Kaiser Permanente and the design team were able to tease out design problems of spatial organization, circulation and form. The resulting conceptual design’s provocative, curved form is highly visible from the road and creates an efficient circulation pattern. 

“Each of these projects is unique yet focused on the common goal of creating spaces that best serve our clients as well as the buildings’ occupants. By listening to our clients and truly understanding each of their end goals, we were able to design facilities that improve the human experience through smart planning and collaboration. Congratulations to our clients and design team on these well-deserved awards.”

Brent Hughes, AIA, EDAC, LEEP AP, division vice president at Gresham, Smith and Partners
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