GS&P Wins AIA Merit Award for Middle Tennessee Medical Center

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Gresham, Smith and Partners has been recognized as a Merit Award winner in the Built category of AIA Middle Tennessee’s 2011 Design Awards competition. GS&P’s design for Middle Tennessee Medical Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., was selected for the award based on 10 judging criteria related to sustainable design and performance.

“GS&P’s goal was to create a truly state-of-the-art hospital that helped MTMC become the area’s first choice for excellent healthcare in a convenient location,” said Gregory A. Gore, AIA, NCARB, healthcare principal at Gresham, Smith and Partners. “We successfully combined natural, healing elements with smart, efficient, patient-safe design to deliver a medical center that attracts top-quality physicians and allows staff to provide the best patient-centered care.”

With its easy-access Murfreesboro location, Middle Tennessee Medical Center aimed to change the belief that patients needed to travel to Nashville or beyond for quality medical care. The 286-bed, 550,000-square-foot, faith-based replacement hospital anchors the city’s Gateway Design District.

It serves as a regional model of efficient healthcare focusing on indoor environmental quality and incorporating patient-safe design principles that decrease the risk of accidents and errors. A chapel and serenity garden promote spiritual well-being while family-friendly patient rooms with floor-to-ceiling windows facilitate health and healing. Nursing units feature noise-reducing, step-saving design and a new hospital-wide wayfinding system improves visitors’ experience.

GS&P’s design was rated on the basis of AIA’s top ten project measures: intent and innovation, community, site, bioclimatic design, light and air, water, energy, materials, long life and feedback. The judging panel was composed of five San Antonio, Texas-based architects and architecture professors and students.

In last year’s AIA Middle Tennessee Design Awards competition, GS&P received a Merit Award in the Built category for their design of Bridgeport, W.V.’s United Hospital Center Replacement Hospital and an Unbuilt Award for their design of the Shanghai International Medical City.


Posted March 1, 2012

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