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Kaiser Permanente Small Hospital Big Idea Competition: Experience & Results

In 2011, Kaiser Permanente invited teams of multidisciplinary thinkers internationally to conceptualize new ways to deliver high-quality health care.  Kaiser Permanente called this the “Small Hospital Big Idea” design competition –seeking design concepts for a 100-bed, eco-conscious, patient- and family- and civic-friendly hospital that uses the best in emerging medical technology to coordinate and deliver care to Kaiser Permanente members.   In March of 2012, a team comprised of Perkins + Will, Mazetti Nash Lipsey Burch, and The Innova Group were chosen for one of two winning submissions.  This session will describe the process and parameters of the competition, primary planning challenges and outcomes, elements of the architectural response and engineering/sustainability highlights.

Presenters:  Walt Vernon, Mazetti Nash Lipsey Burch , Wendy Weitzner, The Innova Group, Michael Bardin, Perkins+Will

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss the pressures Kaiser Permanente anticipates as a result of health reform and the potential impacts on a facility strategy
  • Summarize some of the key insights to emerge from the thinking of the process, which can help to inform your planning for the future
  • Contrast alternative operational and medical planning alternatives for effectiveness in a small but flexible hospital prototype
  • Evaluate alternatives to achieve zero carbon footprint and other green goals