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UF Health North - 92-Bed Inpatient Tower

North Jacksonville, Florida, was once a medically underserved area. With a desire to bring much-needed healthcare services to the growing community, UF Health set out to develop a full-service inpatient hospital. That vision transitioned into a bedless hospital that would ultimately allow for the addition of 300 beds as part of a phased expansion. For phase I, GS&P was solicited to design a six-story, 200,000-square-foot ambulatory care center and medical office complex. GS&P’s services extended into phase II with the design of a 160,000-square-foot, five-story inpatient tower. The 92-bed inpatient wing connects to the phase I medical office complex via an elegant courtyard space, unifying the campus and expanding the facility into a full-service hospital.
 

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GS&P architects and interior designers partnered with UF Health throughout the design process to align with their goals and effectively apply GS&P’s Value-Added Design principles to meet the client’s needs. Every element of the design was aimed toward enhancing the patient experience and elevating the UF Health brand to attract both patients and top-tier staff. GS&P’s design provides a positive patient experience by creating a soothing, resort-like environment that helps put patients and their loved ones at ease. The tower’s all-private inpatient rooms provide access to an abundance of natural light as well as views to lush green roofs. Sleeper-sofas, which conveniently convert into a dining or work table, provide overnight accommodations for family members.
 
Advanced, customizable technology was also incorporated into the patient rooms. Each is equipped with a multifaceted entertainment and education system that allows a patient to remain in bed while controlling the room’s lighting, temperature and solar-shade system, reducing the risk of falling. Patients can also watch on-demand entertainment, order meals and access the internet from their bed via a bedside tablet. Staff can use the system to notify bed tracking when a room is available, give discharge instructions, and provide telemedicine opportunities for the physicians and patients, streamlining the delivery of information.
 
The artwork concept for the tower was incorporated during the project’s schematic design phase, allowing for a more integrated and ambitious scope to the art. The artwork ranged from an illuminated, abstract relief pattern of the St. Johns River that extends up the five-story elevator lobby wall, to color photography of the region taken by local and nationally recognized photographers, to a dramatic ceiling sculpture centerpiece that that connects the patient tower’s first-floor lobby with the mezzanine. GS&P interior designers adopted a hands-on approach during the earliest stages of planning, coordinating a large number of contributors and disciplines to make sure the artwork they conceived was executed as intended. 
 
Addressing the acute need for high-quality healthcare in North Jacksonville, the new inpatient tower combines with the medical complex to create a state-of-the-art community hospital that is a first choice for patients in the region. Tracking toward LEED Silver certification, the facility includes a 12-bed labor and delivery unit, an eight-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 the patient rooms, the tower incorporates shared amenity spaces such as classrooms, indoor and outdoor dining areas, a chapel, a third-floor terrace and the courtyard.

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Project Info

  • Client: UF Health Jacksonville
  • Location: Jacksonville, FL, USA
  • Market: Healthcare Design
  • Services: Architecture, Interior Design, Environmental Graphics and Wayfinding
  • Team:
    • Richard P. Bouchereau, AIA, LEED AP PIC, PM
    • James R. Kolb , AIA, LEED AP PD
    • Carolyn Fleetwood Blake, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC ID
    • Penny J. Houchens , IIDA, LEED AP, NCIDQ, LEAN SID
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