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Hospital for Special Surgery Florida, USPI Orthopedic Center of Excellence

April 2021
Member Project


E4H Environments for Health Architecture



Project Mission and Vision

Hospital for Special Surgery and United Surgical Partners International formed a joint partnership to create an orthopedic center of excellence in West Palm Beach, Florida. Adjacent to the Good Samaritan Hospital, the new center offers outpatient orthopedic care including diagnostic services, ambulatory surgery, rehabilitation, and sports performance programs, bringing the top quality care of HSS to communities in South Florida. The 4-level building features floor-to-ceiling windows to encourage natural light and views of the ocean. A 5-level parking garage adjacent to the Hospital offers convenient, direct access to the building.


Research Used and Lessons Learned

The interior design echoes the waterfront, which is a large part of the local beach culture. For example, the focal wall as you enter the facility is a is a horizontal wood lattice to emulate driftwood found along the nearby beach. Additionally, subtle changes in flooring color and material act as visual wayfinding while maintaining the local beach-inspired Theme through color and visual texture that mimic sand, and patterning with purpose to emulate the water coming ashore and retracting back out to sea.

Throughout the building, evidence-based design components such as natural light, views of the water, and a calming palette are utilized to enhance patient well-being. The waiting area features glass walls to give visitors and staff views of the Atlanta, an organic-shaped ceiling cove, and a variety of seating featuring bold patterns and different seat and arm heights.

The facility’s recovery gym has floor-to-ceiling windows that bring in natural daylight and views to the beach. The rehabilitation center houses a raised therapy pool where therapists can work alongside the patient.



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