October 26, 2018
UTICA, N.Y. – The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) today revealed the exterior design of its new, 373-bed, 672,000-square-foot hospital that will be the center of the integrated healthcare campus in downtown Utica.
In collaboration with the MVHS outreach team, NBBJ has been leading the design of the new, regional healthcare campus since May 2017. Together with MVHS leaders, they have engaged more than 2,000 individuals throughout the community to obtain feedback and guidance regarding the design of the new hospital and its integration with the surrounding downtown area. The team also met with workgroups from many different departments within the health system in order to ensure the needs of the staff are properly met as they care for patients.
“We are excited to expand upon the vision of this new, integrated healthcare campus by sharing this tangible example of how it fits in with the community,” said Scott H. Perra, FACHE, president/CEO of MVHS. “We know that many members of our internal and external communities have been looking forward to the day when the design of the building would be revealed. We are designing the hospital from the inside out, first looking at the processes to care for patients and then designing the space to provide the care. Once the hospital’s layout was finalized, we were able to begin working on the aesthetics of the outside which included following the guiding principles established from the many community meetings held over the past year and a half. This feedback has allowed us to create a stunning design that will fit in beautifully in downtown Utica.”
“The guiding principles that came out of the community meetings were extremely important in the design process of the new hospital,” said Ryan J. Hullinger, AIA, NCARB, partner with NBBJ. “The principles related to the design and look of the building asked us to consider the historic nature of the buildings around the new hospital as well as both old and new aspects of Utica’s architecture. Using that feedback, our goal for the design was to create an exterior expression that respects the rich history of Utica and complements the surrounding neighborhoods, while projecting a sense of clinical excellence through rigorous detailing and craftsmanship. This design works to embody both Utica’s past and its future.”
Interior architecture meetings between NBBJ and MVHS providers and staff continue with a focus on the design and layout of the various rooms in the new hospital. Mock-rooms have been constructed at the MVHS New Hartford Medical Office – Crossroads location and will be used extensively to test the designs and layouts to ensure they work flawlessly in real-life situations. These are in addition to the cardboard rooms that were previously constructed and used at the MVHS Medical Arts building in New Hartford.
“It’s great to see our physicians and staff so engaged in the design process for the new hospital,” said Perra. “They are the ones who will be using the space, so it’s important that they are significantly involved in the planning stages. We want to be sure the space and layout work for the care that will be provided by our excellent staff.”
In addition to community and user input, the architects conducted extensive research of the community character to design an exterior expression that respects the rich history of Utica and complements the surrounding neighborhoods, while projecting a sense of clinical excellence through rigorous detailing and craftsmanship. Research and analysis included:
- Community context studies reviewing the existing uses of various building materials and architectural influences
- Character studies examining local historical and contemporary building features.
- Contextual scale with the surrounding structures and the City’s skyline
- Careful materials selection to achieve cohesive integration.
This year, NBBJ was ranked the world’s most innovative architecture firm by Fast Company magazine and identified by Architectural Record as a firm redefining the future of architecture. NBBJ is an industry leader in designing health, workplace, commercial, science, education and urban planning environments. Clients include 11 of the top 20 U.S. News & World Report Honor Hospitals, including the Cleveland Clinic, Massachusetts General Hospital and NYU Langone Medical Center. The firm also works with leading organizations including Amazon, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Boeing, Cambridge University, Microsoft and Samsung.