GS&P Announces Completion of UF Health North 92-Bed Patient Tower

Full-Service Hospital Designed to Enhance the Patient Experience, Elevate UF Health Brand

June 15, 2017   |   Jacksonville,  Fla.   |   Projects

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce the completion of a 160,000 square-foot full-service hospital on the UF Health North campus. This second phase of improvements connects the new inpatient tower to an existing ambulatory care center and medical office complex. GS&P provided architecture, interior design, planning and wayfinding services for the five story, 92-bed facility, creating a hospital that will provide top tier inpatient care for the Jacksonville area. 

“At UF Health, we strive to improve the health and well-being of our patients, their families and our communities. The design team considered every aspect of the patient stay and created a facility that provides the resources and technology essential to meeting our patients’ needs,” commented Wayne Marshall, vice president, UF Health. “This new hospital is a major step towards our goal of becoming one of the nation’s top-tier academic health centers.”
 
“Through this project we were challenged to help elevate the UF Health brand to attract both patients and high-quality staff to the new facility,” commented Rick Bouchereau, AIA, LEED AP, senior architect, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “The design is intended to make a statement about the high level of care patients can expect in the facility, and the hospitality-like setting supports efforts to enhance the overall patient experience. Our team partnered with UF Health throughout the process to understand their goals and effectively apply our value-added design principles to meet the facility’s needs. We are proud to be a part of the team that has helped to bring the UF Health North campus to reality and improve access to quality healthcare options in North Jacksonville.”
 
The facility is LEED Silver-registered and includes a 12-bed labor and delivery unit, an 8-bed women’s services unit, a 24-bed intensive care unit and two floors that accommodate 24-bed medical and surgical suites each. In addition to all-private patient rooms, the tower also includes shared amenity spaces such as conference rooms, dining, a chapel and courtyard spaces.
 
“Our team developed a clear aesthetic concept for the medical center, with geometric forms that interpreted the site’s protected wetlands and the nearby Intracoastal Waterway,” commented Penny Houchens, IIDA, LEED AP, NCIDQ, Lean, senior interior designer, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Furniture, materials selection and art installations keep with the contemporary architectural feel of the building. Patients and staff are offered access to an abundance of natural light, views to the green roof from patient rooms and waiting areas, and hundreds of photographs depicting the local landscape and wildlife are used to create positive distraction and serve as a wayfinding tool in the facility.”
 
Advanced technology was incorporated into the facility to enhance the overall patient experience. Every patient room is equipped with a multifaceted entertainment and education system that allows patients to control their room’s lighting, temperature and solar shade system. Patients can also watch on-demand entertainment, order meals and surf the internet from their bed with a bedside tablet. Staff will be able to use the system to notify bed tracking when a room is available, give discharge instructions, and provide telemedicine opportunities for the physicians and patients. 
 
Gresham, Smith and Partners also designed phase one of UF Health North’s improvements, which included a six story, 200,000 square-foot ambulatory care and medical office complex. 

“The design is intended to make a statement about the high level of care patients can expect in the facility, and the hospitality-like setting supports efforts to enhance the overall patient experience. Our team partnered with UF Health throughout the process to understand their goals and effectively apply our value-added design principles to meet the facility’s needs. We are proud to be a part of the team that has helped to bring the UF Health North campus to reality and improve access to quality healthcare options in North Jacksonville.”

Rick Bouchereau, AIA, LEED AP, senior architect, GS&P
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