Gordon Hospital – Emergency Department & ICU Expansion

  • Robert “Bob” Berry

    Robert “Bob” Berry AIA, NCARB, EDAC

    Principal Contact
Adventist Health System’s Gordon Hospital serves North Georgia as one of the state’s top-ranked small hospitals and a major employer in the city of Calhoun. After rapidly outgrowing the space within the existing facility that had been built just a few years before, hospital officials chose GS&P to provide architecture, interior design, civil engineering, landscape and graphic design services for a $37 million expansion of the emergency department and intensive care unit.

GS&P’s design accomplished four primary objectives for Gordon Hospital: the creation of a positive, healing environment for patients and staff; improved operational efficiency; the addition of advanced technologies to the hospital’s toolbox; and greater capacity for future growth.

Recognizing that the built environment has the capacity to influence a patient’s physiological, psychological, emotional and spiritual state—mind, body and spirit—the design connects patients to nature and enhances patients’ privacy and accommodations for their families while creating a healing environment free of toxins. Medical, communications and wireless systems were designed to anticipate future technological advances and upgrades, and cutting-edge tracking systems help the hospital manage patients, staff, materials and equipment. Clear entrances and circulation paths to inpatient and outpatient services aid the physicians and staff and offer an efficient base for future expansion.

The three-story expansion doubled the size of the existing emergency department by creating 21,000 square feet of new space and remodeling 11,000 square feet of existing space, bringing the expanded and renovated area’s total room count to 33 exam, resuscitation and behavioral health rooms.   A new 20,000-square-foot, 10-bed ICU and 24 bed Progressive Care Unit allows Gordon Hospital to provide the latest in patient-centered care.  The project scope also included new public and ambulance entrances, a 64-slice CT, lobby and registration renovations, an expanded central utility plant, and a relocated helipad.

New furniture and artwork were selected for spaces throughout the new and pre-existing areas of the hospital to update its presentation to the community. Signage, interior and exterior artwork and interior design elements also help communicate the faith-based mission of the hospital. Local flavor appears throughout the facility with an architectural style that complements the surrounding environment. The design team also utilized flooring materials from a variety of local manufacturers in recognition of that industry’s importance to the regional economy.

"The architectural style harmonizes with the existing campus and neighborhood while cutting-edge technology and an intelligent layout support the wellbeing of patients and staff."

Robert A. Berry, AIA, NCARB, EDAC, senior architect at GS&P
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