Hartford Hospital Project Wins SARA Award of Merit

Congratulations to the Hartford Hospital Bone & Joint Institute team for winning a prestigious Bronze Award of Merit from Society of American Registered Architects (SARA) New York Council! SARA’s motto is “Architect Helping Architect” and was founded on the belief that “Architects should be enlightened professionals sensitive to their impact on the fabric of society.” 

HDR in collaboration with Perkins + Will is working to achieve Hartford Hospital’s leadership’s vision to be the most advanced orthopedic hospital in the region. The hospital joins an elite group of hospitals across the United States that have created a comprehensive musculoskeletal facility.

A dynamic and sculptural design, it expresses the clinical vision of “life in motion.” The building adopts a language of continuous, fluid ribbons that link program elements and adjust for internal demands, site configuration and views. Integrated technology options and hospitality-inspired design touches and amenities coalesce to create an exceptional experience focused on the patient.

Interiors reinforce the design language of the exteriors with clean, modern details while connecting to the Hartford brand with elegant materials such as terrazzo and dark wood. Flooring, screens, and decorative glass reference movement with gradients and transitional patterns. Bright accent colors and specialty wood ceilings highlight locations where caregiver interactions take place. All public spaces are placed along the building perimeter, providing patients and families with natural light and views to the outdoors, and reinforcing intuitive way-finding.

The Institute includes a surgical center with ten inpatient and outpatient operating rooms; 60 inpatient beds; diagnostic imaging services; orthopedic urgent care; rehabilitation clinic; administrative spaces; and additional amenities for patients and staff. A pedestrian bridge links the Institute to a future ambulatory care pavilion across the street, creating a seamless access to orthopedic, rheumatology, and neuroscience resources as well as a literal gateway to the medical campus.