Architecture & Design Round Up

Spencerian College’s new and improved campus 

Photo by Anna Finneran

Spencerian College moved students to a new campus in the Dupont Circle medical complex. The new location puts students closer to job opportunities as Dupont Circle is the largest regional medical complex outside of downtown Louisville.

The construction and renovation of the building wrapped up in the mid-December 2017, and Spencerian College moved in during the school’s winter break. The space was open on January 2, the first day of school. The official dedication and ribbon cutting ceremony was April 27.

The new building has four nursing skills labs, two operating radiology labs, a medical laboratory technology lab, a phlebotomy lab, a science lab, a massage therapy lab, a respiratory therapy lab, two simulated surgical suites, a scrub room, three computer labs and a library.


KCH grand opening , Sunday April 8, 2018 in Lexington, Ky. Photo by Mark Mahan

UK HealthCare opens Kentucky Children’s Hospital Lobby and NICU

The Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH) opened the new Makenna Foundation Welcome Center and Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit in the University of Kentucky Albert B. Chandler Hospital.

This center includes patient and visitor registration, a gift shop, a digital interactive wall and a large-scale art installation called “Exuberance,” which is comprised of marble-filled kites suspended from the ceiling. The welcome center includes the Simpson Family Theater and a gift shop. The Pediatric Health Education Center is in the welcome center.

Beyond the welcome center is the new Betti Ruth Robinson Taylor Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). This 36,000 square foot facility replaces the current NICU on the KCH’s fourth floor. The new facility will allow the Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) to expand into the newly vacated space.


Phase one of Norton Children’s expansion complete

Norton Children’s Hospital in downtown Louisville is undergoing a $78 million expansion. This renovation includes the Jennifer Lawrence Foundation Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), “Just for Kids” Critical Care Center and two NICUs. The renovation will occur in phases and is expected to be complete in 2021.

The first phase, completed in March 2018, involves a 7,000-square-foot conference center on the first floor featuring five dedicated classrooms and video conferencing technology. The new space also is home to a collection of nine Andy Warhol prints from the artist’s “Myths” series.


Hosparus Health opens impatient care center renovation

Hosparus Health hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony in April to unveil major renovations to its Hosparus Inpatient Care Center (HICC). The HICC serves hospice patients at the end of life whose pain or other symptoms cannot be managed in a home setting.

The $1.3 million renovation, which added a third wing to it sixth floor space at Norton Healthcare Pavilion, focused on expanding and reconfiguring space for the enhanced comfort of patients and families.

New additions include two patient rooms, a family lounge, a meditation room, two consultation rooms and classroom space. Updates were also made to existing patient rooms, waiting areas and the nurses station.

Hosparus Health funded the expansion through private donations from estates, corporations, organizations and individuals. The new wing is named for Al & Pat Fiorini, who contributed $100,000.


Bluegrass Care Navigators opens hospice unit at UK HealthCare

Bluegrass Care Navigators recently launched a new inpatient hospice unit at UK HealthCare. The new space provides specialized end-of-life care for patients dealing with a variety of advanced diseases, including cardiac, pulmonary, renal, liver and neurological diseases and cancer.

Located on the third floor of UK’s Ben F. Roach Building, the hospice care center has 10 private rooms and a common room and kitchen. Additionally, the center has expanded visitation hours.

The new facility is one of only a handful of hospice inpatient care centers in the country located in an academic medical center. This unique collaboration offers opportunities to provide expert care as well as training and education on hospice and palliative medicine.


Hardin Memorial Health completes emergency department expansion

Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) recently opened a 14,000-square-foot expansion of its Emergency Department (ED).

HMH undertook the $15 million expansion and redesign to serve the more than 70,000 patients who annually visit the HMH ED. The ceremony took place in the newly designed ED lobby.

The expanded ED has 65 exam rooms compared to 27 in the former space. The rooms are designed to serve multiple populations including trauma and bariatric patients, individuals with behavioral health needs and victims of sexual assault.

The newly constructed covered ambulance bay has capacity for six ambulances, up from two. The new ED also contains its own CT scanner and digital X-ray technology.


Jewish Hospital Shelbyville renovates emergency department

Jewish Hospital Shelbyville, part of KentuckyOne Health, held a ribbon-cutting ceremony in February for its newly-renovated emergency department. The recent emergency department renovations were made possible by a $200,000 gift from the Colonel Harland Sanders Foundation, which was presented to the Jewish Hospital & St. Mary’s Foundation.

More than 90 percent of the patients that Jewish Hospital Shelbyville serves enter through the emergency room. The emergency department redesign creates a more patient-friendly registration area, and allows for expanded and improved patient access areas. The renovations began in early October and were completed at the end of December.


SUN Behavioral Health completes 197-bed hospital in Erlanger

The ribbon was cut to officially open SUN Behavioral Health hospital on Dolwick Drive in Erlanger recently. The 197-bed, 149,000 square-foot hospital, a partnership with SUN Behavioral Health and St. Elizabeth Healthcare, will employ about 400 people.

SUN Behavioral Health partners with communities to solve their unmet needs for behavioral health services.

SUN Behavioral Health works with medical and surgical hospitals, physicians and behavioral healthcare providers as well as local schools and community organizations to ensure that its hospitals provide patients and their families with a seamless continuum of care.


The Novak Center for Children’s Health at UofL to open in July

The Novak Center for Children’s Health is a 176,000-square-foot building that will be home to the general, specialty and sub-specialty pediatrics programs at UofL. This includes faculty physicians from UofL’s Department of Pediatrics as well as other departments throughout the UofL School of Medicine, including neurology, oncology-hematology, cardiology, surgery, ophthalmology and more.

The outpatient services of the Wendy Novak Diabetes Center, currently housed in the Children’s Hospital Foundation Building, will move to the facility. Norton Children’s Hospital also will provide care within the new building, including infusion and laboratory services.


Kindred Healthcare opens new downtown building 

Kindred Healthcare opened a $40 million, six-story downtown office building in January. The building, which is connected to Kindred’s longer-standing headquarters at 680 S. Fourth Street, has plush finishes, a high-tech theatre, a game room and an urgent care clinic.

The new space allows Kindred to stop renting auxiliary office space downtown and consolidate all 1,200 of its corporate employees in Louisville into the South Fourth Street campus


Norton Healthcare completes first phase of expansion at Norton Audubon

Norton Audubon Hospital recently completed renovating and expanding the Poplar Level hospital in Louisville, Ky.

The first phase of the $107 million project included construction of a three-story tower addition with 74 private critical-care and cardiac-care rooms on two floors and parking on the ground floor. The entire project should be completed in May 2020.



Markey Cancer Center unveils new inpatient floor in Chandler Hospital

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center unveiled its new inpatient floor on the 11th floor of the Albert B. Chandler Hospital Pavilion A.

The new 63-bed inpatient unit features equipment and services to care for patients with the most complex cancer conditions. Since hospital stays can last months, the floor also is equipped with some unique features to help patients and their families focus on getting well during a stressful time.



Norton Cancer Institute—Brownsboro to open in November

Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro will open in November. This project, a new 48,591 square-foot building designed by TEG Architects and constructed by Messer Construction Co., focused on how the design of a building can help drive better healthcare delivery. Norton Cancer Institute – Brownsboro will bring all the oncology sub-specialties and services covered by the Institute together for the first time in one location.

Features of the $38 million dollar project include a streamlined registration and preregistration area using mobile apps, online pre-registration and self-check-in kiosks; curved main corridors with strategic use of colors and textures to facilitate way-finding; the combined use of natural daylight and 100 percent LED lighting to support a more natural, less clinical feel;  white/pink noise and music in key locations, along with special ceiling tiles and recycled denim insulation to dampen noise and enhance acoustics; and modular exam and infusion rooms using the DIRTT wall system which can be easily adjusted as patient needs change.





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