HDR Wins Two Healthcare Interior Design Awards

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and The Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital have won the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) 6th Annual Healthcare Interior Design Competition in the Academic/Teaching Hospitals category.

The role of interior designers is critical in the healthcare industry, said Cheryl S. Durst, Hon. FIIDA, LEED AP, and CEO of IIDA. “This year’s winners exemplify exceptional healthcare design that puts patients and their caregivers at ease while creating positive, healing environments.”

The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, Illinois, was designed by HDR | Gensler in association with Clive Wilkinson Architects and EGG Office. It’s the first-ever fully translational hospital where clinicians, patients, researchers and scientists share the same space, accelerating discovery and leading to more rapid application of advancements in rehabilitation therapies. HDR’s core responsibility was the design and programming of healthcare and research environments and all translational planning concepts.

“Translational success is tied to removing the barriers to knowledge exchange and driving knowledge sharing between various components of the translational process,” said Jon Crane, FAIA, Director of Translational Health Sciences at HDR. “The AbilityLab expresses the utmost merging of the clinical and research worlds.”

The Bone & Joint Institute at Hartford Hospital in Hartford, Connecticut, is one of few hospitals in the U.S. with a separate musculoskeletal facility, and brings all necessary sub-specialists for comprehensive orthopedic and musculoskeletal treatment. Designed by HDR and Perkins + Will, the interior design reflects a fluid and sculptural design language representative of connective tissue that creates a welcoming and warm atmosphere for patients seeking care.

“The Bone & Joint Institute made a commitment to think differently about how patients and families experience the facility,” said Amy Mays, IIDA, LEED AP, EDAC, Interior Design Principal in HDR’s New York office. “Creating a patient flow within the institute that encouraged long-term patient relationships and embraced the community was the focus, and the achievement of that goal is realized with this recognition.”

These winning projects “showcased inviting, warm spaces designed to evoke feelings of calm and comfort,” said IA Architects Healthcare Lead Carol Doering, IIDA, AAHID, CID, LEED AP, a juror on this year’s panel. Additional jurors included UW Medicine | Harborview Medical Center Interior Designer and Project Manager Lisa Herriott, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C; and Orcutt | Winslow Healthcare Studio Leader Tiana Lemons, IIDA, NCIDQ, EDAC.

An awards reception will be held on Monday, November 6, in the IDEA Studio at IIDA headquarters at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago. The full list of 2017 winners is posted on the IIDA website.

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