The Mohawk Valley Health System (MVHS) has embarked on an exciting and transformational project – the construction of a new, integrated healthcare campus in the City of Utica. This joint initiative with New York State has the two-fold objective of achieving major advances in healthcare quality and service delivery, while serving as a catalyst for urban revitalization – both of which are essential to the future prosperity and welfare of all people living in our region.
On Friday, October 26, 2018, MVHS 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.
MVHS and NBBJ 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, they 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.
The guiding principles that came out of the community meetings were extremely important in the design process of the new hospital. The principles related to the design and look of the building asked MVHS and NBBJ 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, the 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. The design works to embody both Utica’s past and its future.
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.
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