National design engineering firm Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch (M+NLB) in collaboration with Perkins+Will recently took home first prize in Kaiser Permanente’s 'Small Hospital, Big Idea' competition. Participants in the competition were challenged to imagine a small-scale, forward-thinking healthcare facility that would combine the best of facility design, sustainability, and modern technology. The team's winning design aims to transform the process of receiving and giving care by re-conceptualizing people’s relationship to both technology and nature. The net-zero community hospital concept also works to restore biodiversity, minimize waste, and emits no greenhouse gases.
The M+NLB/Perkins+Will team was awarded first place in Kaiser Permanente’s ‘Small Hospital, Big Idea’ competition for their design which aims to inspire human-to-human connection and to blur the boundary between community and a traditional hospital setting. Nature is a key design element as a way to promote healing and patient rooms are oriented around a large central courtyard and gardens.
The small, 100-bed hospital will also be net-zero and relies on energy efficient design in conjunction with renewable energy systems and fuel cells. An on-site wastewater treatment plant removes harmful contaminants from discharge water and treatment wetlands store emergency water and regenerates site biodiversity and natural systems. Aggressive waste reduction goals would minimize trash and overall the hospital aims not just to do less harm, but also to help heal and restore. The project would meet USGBC’s LEED for Healthcare, Platinum certification and would also achieve the majority of “petals” of the ILBI’s Living Building Challenge 2.0.
M+NLB/Perkins+Will actually tied for first with Aditazz in Kaiser Permanente’s ‘Small Hospital, Big Idea’ competition, which received 108 entries from around the world. M+NLB and Perkins+Will are now eligible to enter into a contract with Kaiser Permanente to bring their small hospital concept to life.