Gresham Smith-Designed Patient Tower at AdventHealth Waterman Complete
Gresham Smith is pleased to announce the completion of a new 111,000-square-foot four-story patient tower at AdventHealth Waterman. The addition expands the emergency department, relocates the OB and pediatric services and provides shell space for future medical and surgical units, growing the hospital’s beds from 269 to 287.
“We are so pleased to open the doors to the new patient tower, which allows us to better serve our growing community,” said Abel Biri, CEO, AdventHealth Waterman. “Working with Gresham Smith we’ve created a space that optimizes patient and staff experience as well as delivers a facility the community can be proud of. The new tower provides us the increased capacity we need while affording us the flexibility we need to grow in the future.”
“Our team is proud to support advanced care for the Lake County community,” said Beth Hiltonen, IIDA, LEED AP, NCIDQ, senior interior designer, Gresham Smith. “AdventHealth Waterman is a beautiful campus and our design helps further enhance it. The patient tower capitalizes on the lake views which, combined with soothing interior finishes, creates a supportive healing environment for the ED and obstetrics departments.”
The new 38-bed emergency department is housed on the first floor and features a dedicated entrance to support intuitive wayfinding. When additional renovation work is complete, the emergency department will accommodate 58 beds. The tower’s second floor is dedicated to the Center for Women and Children and includes gynecology, labor and delivery, postpartum care and inpatient pediatrics. The pediatric exam and patient rooms incorporate an “Under the Sea” theme to connect to the AdventHealth network of care. The third floor, still under construction, will house a new service line, inpatient rehabilitation, and the fourth floor is shelled for future expansion with structural support for two additional future floors.
Gresham Smith provided pre-design and planning, architecture, interior design, experiential design and wayfinding, landscape architecture and civil engineering services for the project. The firm has designed several projects for the campus as well as published research on patient visibility and satisfaction for the orthopedic unit in The Journal of Environmental Psychology. Additionally, Gresham Smith is currently designing medical plazas in both Mount Dora and Tavares for AventHealth Waterman.