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2019 Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Award Recipients

gold category


Froedtert & the Medical College of Wisconsin/8 North Tower Medical Surgical Unit Buildout (HGA)

The setting was a centralized medical-surgical unit in a Midwest metropolitan academic hospital. The original vision was simply to copy and paste from a sister unit renovated several years before. However, staff expressed concerns about the design and requested a complete re-evaluation.  The vision changed and the team stepped back to reimagine a unit to support their needs and the needs of patients and families.


Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU (HKS, Inc.)

This project will complete the Children’s Pavilion as a comprehensive, integrated healthcare facility exclusively for children’s inpatient and outpatient care. The new Children’s Hospital will replace the existing pediatric inpatient unit with all private rooms and will provide new operating rooms, imaging capacity, emergency services and family amenities. Opens in December 2022.


New Parkland Hospital (NPH Research Coalition)

Opened in 2015, the New Parkland Hospital (NPH) is one of the busiest public safety-net hospitals in the U.S., with more than 1.5 million encounters per year.  The hospital serves a full spectrum of populations across Dallas County, from neonates to the elderly, and is also a teaching hospital. At the post-occupancy stage, several interested firms and Parkland created the NPH Research Coalition. Members are Blue Cottage, Corgan, HDR, Herman Miller Healthcare, Mitchell Design and Parkland Hospital. A Charter and research collaboration agreements were developed to conduct an integrated evaluation.



Silver Category

UK Healthcare Kentucky Children's Hospital NICU (HGA)

The University of Kentucky Children’s Hospital NICU reimagined how a NICU could deliver better patient outcomes. To educate the team about the latest research, a mother-baby consultant, lighting specialists, researchers, and acousticians were added to the team and “Voice of the Customer” focus groups were held. The final design included single family rooms that supported family centered care with spaces for privacy which allowed families to adjust and transition to going home with infants that needed additional care.