Perkins+Will has been named ‘Firm of the Year’ by Healthcare Design Magazine in the publication’s second annual “HCD 10” contest. The magazine honored Perkins+Will in recognition of the firm’s outstanding healthcare work over the past year.
“We want to thank our clients, since their collaboration has allowed us to design projects that promote healing by redefining the impact of the built environment on its occupants and surroundings,” said Principal and Healthcare Global Practice Leader Jean Mah, FAIA, FACHA, LEED AP.
With 22 LEED-certified healthcare projects, Perkins+Will is leading the architecture industry worldwide with its innovation, deep expertise, and commitment to sustainable design. The firm’s LEED-certified healthcare portfolio includes community hospitals, academic medical centers, medical office buildings, and specialty facilities. Recently completed projects include Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, the largest LEED-certified hospital, and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston which played an essential role in healing Boston marathon bombing victims.
“Our goal is to approach each project with sustainability in mind,” said Principal and Sustainable Healthcare Design Leader Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP. “We create healthy, sustainable healing places in order to further clinical treatment and research across the country.”
In September 2013, the firm released groundbreaking research contesting the commonly held belief that LEED certification for hospitals is cost prohibitive. The study, titled “LEED Certified Hospitals: Perspectives on Capital Cost Premiums and Operational Benefits,” was conducted by Guenther, Breeze Glazer, LEED AP from Perkins+Will and Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow, from the Center for Maximum Potential Building Systems. It is the first study to focus solely on the capital cost premium for hospitals to achieve LEED certification.
In addition to the “Firm of the Year” award, Perkins+Will Principal Carolyn BaRoss was also honored in the “HCD 10” awards as the winner of the “Interior Designer” category. BaRoss’s thoughtful and innovative design work can be seen in a wide range of projects including Johns Hopkins Hospital’s Charlotte R. Bloomberg Children’s Center and Sheikh Zayed Tower, Columbia University Medical Center, ColumbiaDoctors Midtown in New York and Einstein Medical Center Montgomery in East Norriton, Pennsylvania.
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