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UF Health Emergency Center – Kanapaha

Opened to the public in 2016, UF Health Emergency Center – Kanapaha provides the local community with access to fast, high-quality emergency care. UF Health Shands elected to build the new full-service, freestanding emergency center in the heavily populated Kanapaha section of Southwest Gainesville to meet the needs of this growing community. GS&P was selected to provide architecture, interior design, programming, planning, civil engineering and landscape architecture services for the project, with the goal of creating a leading-edge facility that conveyed the high-tech, patient-centered care that is the cornerstone of UF Health.
 
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GS&P was tasked with creating an efficient building that provided a positive experience for patients, family members and UF Health staff. One of the keys to achieving this was through an interior “racetrack” design approach, where patient-care spaces wrap the exterior of the building, and shared-support services are situated inside the center core, facilitating easier flow of staff traffic. This layout not only optimizes efficiencies by allowing staff to better support one another, but also minimizes the number of steps for nursing staff, giving them more time at a patient’s bedside.
 
In addition to augmenting efficiency, the freestanding ED was designed to provide the same level of care as a hospital-based emergency room. Because it features the same setup as a Level-I trauma center, trauma patients can either be directly admitted to the facility for up to 24 hours or stabilized and sent to the UF Health Shands Emergency Department on the main hospital campus. Those with minor medical emergencies can be treated in one of three fast-track stations, streamlining patient flow.
 
Efficiency and quality of care were also at the forefront of the nurse station configuration. The design provides medical staff with clear visibility and direct access to the majority of patient-care areas, as well as quick and immediate access to medications that are stored securely inside the nurse station.
 
In an effective contrast to the building’s high-tech exterior aesthetic, GS&P’s interior design creates a soothing image that reflects the nearby Kanapaha Prairie and it’s rolling grasslands. To achieve this, the interior design team selected wood-like materials with a natural look, which are highlighted in the building’s main lobby. Large areas were created to display local artwork and photography. Also promoting a calming environment, a number of sustainable design features were introduced into the facility, including clerestory windows along the corridors and a curtainwall system along the exterior of the building, reducing energy consumption and creating an environment conducive to healing.
 
Projecting an image of high technology and quality patient care, UF Health Emergency Center – Kanapaha brings emergency care services closer to home for residents of Southwest Gainesville. The new 10,881-square-foot, single-story emergency center includes 10 exam rooms, three fast-track stations, one trauma room, one bariatric room, a centralized nurse station, and a full complement of diagnostic and laboratory services necessary for emergency care. The facility was honored in 2017 with a City Beautification Board Award from the City of Gainesville for its contribution to the urban environment.

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Project Info

  • Client: UF Health Shands
  • Location: Gainesville, FL, USA
  • Market: Healthcare Design
  • Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Planning, Civil Engineering, Landscape Architecture
  • Team:
    • Matthew G. Harrell, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP PIC
    • Michael A. Willis, AIA, LEED AP, NCARB PP
    • Ramon A. Cruz, AIA, LEED AP BD+C PC
    • James R. Kolb , AIA, LEED AP PD
    • Carrie May Kovacs, IIDA, LEED AP ID
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