Hobbs+Black Announces the Tucson Medical Center award from The Center for Healthcare Design

S+Black Associates, Inc. is pleased to announce the Healthcare Environment Award from The Center for Healthcare Design for the Tucson Medical Center Pediatric Renovation project. With the Healthcare Environment Award, the Center for Health Design recognizes excellence in new or renovated healthcare facility design. The purpose is to recognize innovative environments that contribute to the quality of healthcare.

For over 80 years Tucson Medical Center has been the leading provider of comprehensive healthcare services to greater Tucson and the Southern Arizona region. The hospital is widely known for a number of specialties including Women’s and Children’s Health Care. Tucson Medical Center has positioned itself to be the leader in Children’s and Women’s services for the next generation and continuing its long tradition of service to the families of Tucson.

The Pediatrics Expansion expands the hospital in order to provide all private MotherBaby patient rooms. The expansion added 13 Mother Baby rooms and 13 converted from semi-private to private rooms for a total of 60 private Mother Baby rooms. The project created a new Identifiable Children’s Hospital with its own entrance, patient and family focused activity center, and the development of all private pediatric rooms. The expansion adds 16 Pediatric rooms and converts 10 from semi-private to private rooms for 44 private pediatric rooms.

Conducive to the children’s environment, Tucson Medical Center sought to have a very special environment for their new Pediatrics Unit. The facility expansion is circular, with all of the new private patient rooms surrounding a commons. Features of the commons includes a visible family room available for family interaction, movie night and sharing, a teen room that supports the somewhat different needs of teenagers in a unit with such a variance in population age, a library, conferencing and staff nursing and work space.

Of particular attention in the commons area is the integration of a pecan tree in the library space. Pecans are native to the region and the branches extend across the sky enhanced ceiling, which turns to a starry sky in the evening.

The TMC Children’s Hospital project will be published in the December issue of HEALTHCARE DESIGN.

Photos available upon request.

Firm Information:

Hobbs+Black, founded in 1965, ranks among the top 300 architectural firms nationally and specializes in institutional work including hospitals, educational facilities, religious facilities and multi-family housing. Hobbs+Black offers a full range of architectural and interior design services, as well as mechanical, electrical and structural engineering. With corporate headquarters in Ann Arbor, MI, Hobbs+Black also operates full-service regional offices in Lansing, MI and Phoenix, AZ.