A partnership between HCA Healthcare and The University of Central Florida (UCF) School of Medicine inspired this new 64-bed hospital, designed with teaching, community integration and expansion in mind. The 204,079-square-foot medical center includes general surgery, internal medicine, OB/GYN, emergency, pathology and radiology services, along with shelled space for 16 future beds. Located adjacent to UCF’s medical school, transitional exterior design elements unite the medical center and university. Featuring a library, meeting rooms with integrated technology and classroom space, the facility can accommodate a robust residency program.
Adjacent to a front promenade, first floor public areas are accessible from a main corridor providing ample daylight, while the main lobby features high windows and a large skylight that connect interior and exterior elements. Envisioned as the future linchpin of a dense, urban campus, back of house functions, separated from public areas, are screened with decorative walls and landscaping to create an appealing façade. Boulevard infrastructure connecting the medical center with a major thoroughfare and UCF’s campus also lays the groundwork for this vision.
Designed for future expansion and operational flexibility, the departments projected to grow most quickly are placed along exterior walls to limit disruption, while other departments include soft office spaces that can be relocated to an adjacent MOB. The design team utilized Lean-inspired pre-fabricated elements such as exterior wall panels, headwalls and toilets. Pursuing LEED Silver, the medical center features Level 2 electric vehicle charging stations, preferred parking for eco-friendly vehicles and systems / fixtures that reduce water consumption, among other sustainable design elements.
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