Lauren Raven and Daniel Romo

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Lauren Raven and Daniel Romo, who are currently studying at the Texas A & M University, USA (4th-year student at the College of Architecture), entered the Architects for Health’s First Student Health Design Award (2007) with the following submission. For contact please email:

Charles E Schmidt Medical Centre, Boca Raton, Florida

In February of 2007 students from Texas A & M University traveled to Boca Raton, Florida. On the trip the students met with HKS Architects at the existing Boca Raton Community Hospital and learned about the goals of the project.

The main goal of the project is to design a hospital that will replace the existing Boca Raton Community Hospital, to better provide for the community of Boca Raton, FL. A few design driven goals that were enforced are…

  • to strive for all private inpatient rooms
  • to create a functional connection between the client and the building
  • to build a teaching hospital, in accordance with Florida Atlantic University, and that will be educationally centered
  • to use evidence-based design to create an atmosphere that reduces stress, can control infection, and increase patient safety

The program summary, as presented February 2007:

Public & Administrative Services – 141,758 dgsf
Heart Hospital – 135,824 dgsf
Neuroscience Hospital – 31,479 dgsf
Shared D&T between Heart/Neuro – 66,061 dgsf
Oncology Hospital – 28,443 dgsf
Orthopedic Hospital – 29,393 dgsf
Surgery Hospital – 58,136 dgsf
General/Pediatric Hospital – 48,006 dgsf
OB/Women’s Hospital – 91,869 dgsf
Diagnostic and Treatment – 189,456 dgsf
Logistical Support Service – 96,146 dgsf

Total Department Gross Square Feet – 917,911 dgsf
Total Building Gross Square Feet – 1,197,876 dgsf
Total parking (4,600 spaces) – 900,000 sf

Inpatient Wing

The inpatient wing is designed as a 40 bed cluster, made up of two 20 bed clusters joined by a central reception and waiting room area. The support spaces that are laid out reflect what is needed for the Cardiovascular Acute Care Nursing Unit. The 12′ hallways allow for extra storage and room in surge conditions.

Acuity-adaptable Patient Room

Exterior of patient room has the maximum amount of glass so that nurses are able to see into the patient room, even when not at a nursing station. This allows for acuity-adaptable rooms. Curtains or blinds are used to allow for patient privacy.

Surge Patient Room

With Florida’s hurricane-prone weather, surge accommodations in the event of a natural disaster are a necessity for the hospital, as shown in this patient room.

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