Cookeville Regional Medical Center


Cookeville, TN


Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design

Challenged by an aging facility that was rapidly outgrowing its ability to serve patients efficiently, Cookeville Regional Medical Center (CRMC) turned to Gresham Smith for innovative solutions. Our design integrates five decades of architectural styles, transforming an outdated and often uncomfortable environment into a patient- and family-centric facility that functions effectively as an entire unit.

square-foot renovation

The new 126-bed patient tower blends with the existing architectural language of the circa 1970s and 1980s bed towers. By using similar and complementary materials, a similar scale, and building on the vertical elements of the existing building, we created a contemporary addition that complements the existing campus.

two-story lobby with large windows and lots of seating areas

Open and inviting on a grand scale, the main lobby boasts soothing earth tones, ample natural light and intimate areas for patients and visitors to rest. At the forefront of our design was an environment that fully embraces family support. The addition replaces semi-private rooms with private, standardized rooms that can easily accommodate several family members. Far more intimate than the archetypal hospital waiting room, sub-waiting areas were located throughout the patient floors, allowing family members to stay close to their loved ones.

the end of the building with large expanses of glass

The patient tower was specifically situated to allow the majority of patient rooms to have a view of the surrounding landscaping and gardens. Located at the end of the floors, family respite areas were also designed to take advantage of natural light and surrounding vistas.