HEALTHCARE WINNER
Mercy Health – West Hospital | Cincinnati, OH
AECOM and Champlin Architecture with Mic Johnson, FAIA, Lead Designer | Minneapolis, MN

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Design Statement:
The 625,000-SF Hospital is a new community hospital that replaces and consolidates two aging facilities on the west side of Cincinnati. For the client, the project represented an opportunity to bring new services and high quality care to a growing community, and to differentiate the health system in a competitive marketplace. Connections to the community and context were primary drivers in the building's design—translating to its functionality, its integration into its surroundings, and its exterior and interior expression. During the early 20th century, Ohio was home to some of the world's finest ceramics companies; the West Hospital pays homage to this tradition with its custom-glazed tile exterior wall system. Visual transparency between interior and exterior allows patients, visitors and staff to experience a comfortable environment that is understandable and easy to navigate. Ease of wayfinding from the front door, to reception and waiting areas and into public amenity spaces begins the healing process through an intuitive planning sequence, reinforced by the use of color, and the constant presence of natural light and landscape. Attention to the entire sensory experience – including acoustics, tactile and visual quality – creates an environment to reduce stress for both patient and caregiver, and is supported by a balanced mix of timeless, natural materials and pops of vibrant color. The hospital's aesthetic is now being translated to facilities throughout the system, creating a consistent and meaningful experience for patients, families, caregivers and staff.
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