ACHA Facility Tours
All ACHA Facility Tours will take place on Sunday, March 16 from 1-5 p.m. Attendees will receive two hours of learning credits for attending one tour (only one tour is available per attendee). Space is limited!
All tours will depart from the Orange County Convention Center at 1 p.m.
Florida Hospital Celebration Health Bed Tower and Emergency Department, Celebration, FL
Florida Hospital Celebration Health, whose emphasis on hospitality has influenced health care design nationwide, again leads the way in the design of healing environments with its expanded emergency department and new 252,000-square-foot, five-story patient tower, which provides 62 inpatient beds and shell space for 64 more. The design of these two projects integrated new construction with existing courtyards, plazas, and vine-covered pergolas to unify the 174-bed Celebration Health campus and create welcoming public spaces for staff and visitors.
Designed by Hunton Brady Architects, the new inpatient units and new emergency department were conceived to facilitate patient comfort and healing. The design of the emergency department has a hospitality aesthetic that responds to the fact that many patients and families arriving at Celebration Health's emergency department are vacationers in the area. The facility reflects the on-stage, off-stage philosophy of the region's theme parks, with staff function corridors separated from public areas.
Photo Credits: Hunton Brady Architects and TLC Engineers | Photo by Larry Taylor Architectural Photography
Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel, Wesley Chapel, FL
Florida Hospital in Wesley Chapel includes a new three-story, 200,000-square-foot, 80-bed hospital; medical office building; wellness center; and outpatient clinic designed by Hunton Brady Architects. A dramatic three-story atrium lobby connects three hospital inpatient towers, with views of the adjoining wetlands to enhance the healing environment. The hospital houses state-of-the-art obstetric suites, an emergency department, surgical suites, a chapel, a pharmacy, rehabilitation services, and more.
The hospital was designed using Lean principles to anticipate an expansion of beds from the initial 83 to 296 beds with minimal impact on building operations and patient care. Rooms support both patient safety and operational efficiency, while offering a comfortable environment for patients and family participation. A model of evidence-based health care design, the Wesley Chapel hospital is a dramatic, welcoming landmark for the community.
Nemours Children's Hospital, Orlando, FL
Planning for Nemours Children's Hospital (NCH), a state-of-the-art academic pediatric hospital designed to deliver holistic, family-centered care, included the active participation of an advisory council of patient families. Another emphasis in the design process was sustainable design; as a result the project achieved LEED® Gold certification.
In keeping with the organization's emphasis on whole-child healing, a "hospital-in-a-garden" theme links the 630,000-square-foot hospital and the 60-acre campus on which it stands. The plantings that surround the building can be viewed from every patient room and most treatment areas. Rooftop gardens provide therapy space for patients and respite for patients and family members. Inside, the garden theme blooms in a bright and varied color scheme with textural wall treatments and playful etched glass leaves scrolling across a glass wall. Large, plentiful windows brighten almost every patient area.
An emphasis on hospitality in building design serves the family-centered care provided. Rooms are private and oversized to accommodate family members, common areas are designed for comfort, and treatment areas are scaled and supplied for the children who will use them. The NCH design team included Stanley Beaman & Sears and Perkins+Will, with construction by Skanska USA Building Inc.
Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, Celebration, FL
This innovative two-story, 54,000-square-foot surgical learning center is the largest teaching platform for advanced surgical training of physicians and clinicians in the world. The facility offers state-of-the-art surgical suites and simulation labs where hands-on experience with current and emerging technologies is provided. The design by HHCP Architects expresses the high-tech nature of the robots used on-site at the same time it complements the existing Mediterranean Revival-style hospital campus. The Nicholson Center design creates a strong axial relationship and pedestrian connection to the original hospital, culminating in a multi-level outdoor terrace and expansive view over a relocated water feature.
Designed to host major medical conferences, seminars, meetings, and other education events, the Nicholson Center houses a multimedia production center with a theater and 500-seat conference center with multi-site videoconferencing and global communication capabilities. It also has 25 surgical learning stations, wet labs, 4,000 square feet of sterile processing and tissue processing areas, sophisticated biomedical and electronic lab spaces, a technology accelerator, business/administrative offices, food services, and facility management offices and equipment.
Florida Hospital/Sanford Burnham Translational Research Institute, Orlando, FL
The Translational Research Institute (TRI) for Metabolism and Diabetes is a hybrid facility designed to take the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diabetes and obesity to the next level. The TRI brings together under one roof scientists, clinicians, and research volunteers and the equipment and procedures they need to translate research into treatment of diabetes, obesity, and the metabolic origins of cardiovascular disease. The environment provided at the TRI is dedicated to a true bench-to-bedside capability that facilitates the application of scientific discoveries to the treatment of patients.
Designing the TRI provided a unique opportunity to envision a singular facility whose form and expression directly reflect the mission of the facility, combining labs, clinics, testing, and treatment under one roof. The three-story research institute solution by Flad Architects houses some of the most technologically advanced clinical and diagnostic equipment in the country, including a bio-repository, research labs and a research kitchen, a DEXA scanner, an advanced imaging center, and state-of-the-art calorimetry chambers. Also called "whole body" respirometers, two of the calorimeters are the first ever designed for precisely measuring an individual's energy expenditure at rest or during exercise.
Since its opening in March 2012, this facility has enabled collaborations that resulted in the first human trials of a basic science discovery in less than 18 months, shortening the development period by more than eight years. The key to this achievement is the bi-directional, rapid flow of information made possible by assembling all resources under one roof.
Photo credit: Jim Roof Creative
Orlando VA Medical Center, Orlando, FL
The Lake Nona campus of the Orlando VA Medical Center is located on 65 acres in the Lake Nona Medical City complex. With the words "For Those Who Served" engraved on the welcoming columns, the new campus will serve as a "working medical monument" and "fundamentally change the way care is provided to the veterans of Central Florida" according to Medical Center Director Timothy Liezert. It incorporates 134 inpatient beds, 120 community living beds, and 60 domiciliary beds into 1.2 million square feet of space. Parking is available for 3,100 vehicles. This advanced facility was designed by a joint venture of RLF architecture / engineering / interiors and AECOM and constructed by several general contractors, including Brasfield & Gorrie, Cummins, and Turner Construction.
Conceived as a campus of integrated and readily navigated services based on the on-stage/off-stage concept, the medical center includes a large primary care and multispecialty clinic, a full array of support services, and such high-tech medical equipment as two linear accelerators, two MRI scanners, one CT scanner, one PET/CT scanner, one cath lab, an EP lab, interventional radiology facilities, an RTLS system, and smart operating rooms. It is designed to assure maximum flexibility in the way care is provided and provision of a healing environment. It is LEED® Silver certified. To support the campus and the medical center, the building systems equipment provided includes eight generator sets with provision for two future generators, each at 2250 KW, which supply full energy backup for the entire campus; five chillers with provision for one future chiller, each rated at 1,600 tons; three boilers with provision for one future boiler, each rated at 750 BHP; 44 air-handling units; and 31 elevator cars.