Gresham Smith-Planned and Designed M.T. Mustian Center Completes

July 16, 2019

Gresham Smith announces that Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare’s (TMH) M.T. Mustian Center has opened its doors to patients. The six-story, 347,000-square-foot, 72-bed ICU and surgery tower replaces the hospital’s existing operating rooms and adult intensive care units with state-of-the-art facilities. Using evidence-based and Lean design principles, the firm created an environment that will improve patient safety, staff efficiency, and enhance the human experience.

“The M.T. Mustian Center will allow us to better meet the needs of our patients and their families by providing a state-of-the-art, patient- and family-centered platform for physicians, nurses and staff to deliver world-class, cutting-edge care,” said Mark O’Bryant, President & CEO, Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. “The project was an enormous undertaking requiring creativity, flexibility and collaboration by our team and our partners. Gresham Smith designed a sophisticated, highly-technological, flexible design that equips us to serve the community for decades to come.”

“This project is the culmination of years of careful, strategic planning and design that is going to transform the campus and the hospital’s surgical and critical care services. We’re honored to have worked with TMH and its talented team of physicians, nurses, and staff from master planning through construction completion,” commented Skip Yauger, AIA, LEED AP, senior vice president, Gresham Smith.

The design enhances the patient experience and safety with clear and intuitive wayfinding, connectivity to nature, areas of respite, infection control strategies and comfortable, family-friendly areas. It also minimizes noise for patients and families as well as creates a supportive, positive working environment for clinicians and staff. A building-wide asset management tool and robots for material distribution allow staff to spend more time caring for patients and less time searching for equipment and supplies.

The M.T. Mustian Center is comprised of 28 operating rooms including a hybrid OR plus four interventional suites for minimally invasive procedures. Sterile processing and materials management are provided directly below the surgery floors. The tower has 72 critical care beds on three floors and is structured to accommodate two future floors of vertical expansion to accommodate the organization’s anticipated needs over the next 50 years. The project also includes a 13,000-square-foot central energy plant expansion and new ambulance plaza for the emergency department with two trauma elevators.

Gresham Smith provided lean operations analysis and process mapping, space and functional programming, master planning, architecture, interior design, graphic signage and wayfinding, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering services for the project. Gresham Smith created a new facility brand identity and designed improvements to the parking garages, vestibules and entrances as well as the renovation of the Dozier Atrium in the Main Hospital, to improve wayfinding and enhance the patient experience.