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Kaiser Permanente Announces Winner of “Small Hospital, Big Idea” Contest

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by Jennifer Shockley last modified Mar 22, 2012

Kaiser Permanente, a non-profit health plan and care provided, announced in 2011 its “Small Hospital, Big Idea” design competition. Today, they announced the winners: Aditazz and M+NLB w/ Perkins+Will.



Kaiser Permanente, a non-profit health plan and care provider, announced in 2011 its “Small Hospital, Big Idea” design competition. The competition was described as,

“Kaiser Permanente has been operating large medical facilities successfully for well over half a century. But continued success requires new thinking. We are appealing to the world’s most talented minds to help design a revolutionary small hospital that can overcome the unique challenges of a small market (e.g., scarce resources and a shrinking pool of skilled clinical staff) and deliver exceptional, effective, and convenient care to our members. The hospital should have a near-zero impact on the environment.”

Submittals for the competition were taken up through May of 2011. Kaiser Permanente received more than 108 entries from around the world. The entries were then evaluated by a design jury judged on efficiency and sustainable features, innovation, life-cycle costs, flexibility and environment of care including local site integration.

Kaiser Permanente Designs

The jury consisted of David Allison, Professor at Clemson University, Charles Siconolfi of HOK, Marilyn Chow of Kaiser Permanente, Jeffrey D. Selberg of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, Jane Finley of Kaiser Permanente, John Kouletsis of Kaiser Permanente, Jodie Lesh of Kaiser Permanente Southern California, Janet Liang of Kaiser Permanente Hawaii and David Quam of Kaiser Permanente Fontana and Ontario.

After the entries were received and judged, nine teams were shortlisted. They were:

  • Ellebe Becket
  • HGA
  • Lee, Burkhart, Liu
  • Aditazz
  • Gresham, Smith and Partners
  • John Cooper Architecture and TBL Architects
  • Perkins+Will
  • Smith Group
  • Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch (M+NLB) w/ Perkins+Will

From the shortlist, three finalists were chosen. They were given until Jan. 2012 to finalize their sustainable small hospital design concepts. They were:

Kaiser Permanente Designs

  • M+NLB w/ Perkins+Will
  • Gresham, Smith and Partners
  • Aditazz

Finally after two design/entry stages and eleven months of evaluation, the winners were announced today. During final deliberations, in an unexpected decision, two teams were chosen that offer the best solutions for the future according to the jury. The teams are:

  • Aditazz
  • M+NLB with Perkins+Will

The Aditazz and M+NLB/ Perkins+Will teams were selected by a design jury for their small hospital designs that:

  • Create spaces to inspire human-to-human connection and collaboration
  • Include civic spaces that blur the boundaries between the community and the traditional hospital setting
  • Bring nature inside with light-wells and rooms that are oriented around a large central courtyard, building on research that shows a positive correlation between exposure to nature and healing
  • Move beyond carbon neutrality to restore ecosystems and biodiversity, and improve the conditions for community health
  • Make use of a unique tool that applies silicon-chip technology to the building and design process, enabling designers and frontline professionals to quickly explore an almost unlimited number of operational and space scenarios

They are awarded the small hospital contract with Kaiser Permanente tentatively for Southern California and will be a model for other designed spaces, plus $750,000 to further develop their concepts.

For a company such as Kaiser Permanente that has aspired to be the biggest and the best in health care, hosting a small design competition is a step in an entirely different direction. This shows that the future markets and necessities of their clients have changed and it is educational, to say the least, to see these changes and to focus on the concepts of a smarter future.

Dr. Chu of Kaiser Permanente stated,

“For Kaiser Permanente, sustainability is a health issue. We aspire to provide health care in a way that protects and enhances the environment, now and for future generations. This is an important step in that direction.”

Resources: GBE and Kaiser Permanente




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