Kaiser Permanente health care provider, a national leader in green building and sustainable hospital design, has named both Aditazz and Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch with Perkins+Will as winners in its international Small Hospital, Big Idea competition.
The Small Hospital, Big Idea design competition launched in February 2011, seeking ideas for a small hospital that provides a patient-centered healing environment with a near-zero energy impact on the environment while using the latest technology to improve quality and reduce costs.
Aditazz and M+NLB/Perkins+Will were selected by a design jury after an 11-month evaluation process that concluded last week. Designs were judged on such factors as efficiency, sustainability features, innovation, incorporation of methods to improve health outcomes, and environment of care – including how successfully the design integrates the hospital into the local community.
Both Aditazz’s and M+NLB with Perkins+Will’s designs included compelling ideas for such features as intimate patient-healing gardens and vibrant public spaces, as well as onsite renewable energy systems. The jury decided during final deliberations that these two teams together offered an exciting, innovative approach to improving the quality and personalization of care, and the development of healthy communities.
As winners, Aditazz and M+NLB with Perkins+Will are eligible to contract with Kaiser Permanente for a small hospital project. The new small hospital is tentatively planned for Southern California, and the model will be adapted for use in other markets as well.