Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects. These are their stories.
Here, Trisha Clark addresses the design process for UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay Benioff Children’s Hospital in San Francisco, CA.
Describe this project in one word. One-for-all!
How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?This new children’s hospital activates the imagination and engages children’s in joyful activity. Colorful and interactive architecture, sculptures and imagery provides a positive environment for patients alleviating some of the discomfort and providing inspiration along their path to recovery.
Design is a process. Explain your journey.
Working together side-by-side in a truly collaborative environment like the big room, over a long period of time significantly changed the way our designers integrated with the client and we became them and they became us, sharing each other’s concerns and passion for creativity.
What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?
It takes a great deal of time and patience in working with your client to reach the optimal design solution. There really is no one single solution and often reiteration of design is required.
The world’s largest solar powered hospital recently opened its doors in Haiti. Haiti’s central plateau is affected by intermittent flows of energy- a fact that derails the possibilities of large-scale healthcare infrastructure. In the specific region of Mirebalais, located 30 miles north of the capital Port-au-Prince, outages occur for an average of three hours each day. The new Hôpital Universitaire de Mirebalais boasts over 1,800 solar panels on the roof, reportedly produced 139 megawatt hours of electricity- enough to charge 22 million smartphones and offset 72 tons of coal. The surplus electricity will be funneled back into Haiti’s national grid, a testament to the ability of the built form to create a sustainable system for survival.