Duke Medicine Pavilion
Durham, North Carolina
Square Footage: 611,000
The Landscape Architecture Awards for Healthcare Environments, 2013
The Center for Health Design / The Society for the Advancement of Gerontological Environments
The 611,000 square foot (56,760 square meter) Duke Medicine Pavilion occupies the heart of the Duke University Medical Center. The new Pavilion was conceived as the front door and centerpiece of a complex of new clinical facilities. Programmatically, it adds 16 new operating suites and 160 critical/intermediate care beds and connects three surrounding buildings. The Pavilion’s architectural design supports the neo-Gothic character of the surrounding academic campus but with a modern approach and intricacy of detail appropriate to the high-technology and high-touch care contained within.
As the first inpatient facility in North Carolina to achieve LEED certification, the project achieved LEED Gold status and is projected to reduce energy costs by 24.5% and save 3.5 million gallons of water annually.
A new, elevated plaza welcomes patients and visitors to the Pavilion and celebrates the building connections through a series of calming and accessible outdoor spaces. The innovative patient floor planning at the Duke Medicine Pavilion creates an inward-looking patient care environment focused around elevated courtyards and gardens, maximizing access to natural light and improving the speed of patient recovery while enhancing caregiver experience and effectiveness.
The new patient rooms feature floor-to-ceiling glass and overhead boom service delivery to encourage the transition from bed positions that support enhanced caregiver access to a window orientation for the patient as their condition improves.