Flad Hospital Honored with National AIA Healthcare Design Award
Following a growing list of awards and acclaim, the Flad-designed Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice was recognized with an esteemed, national award from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The AIA Healthcare Design Award distinguishes Flad's design as an architectural masterpiece that exemplifies the future direction of modern hospitals.
Selected by a six-person jury, this year's winners showcase the nation's best in healthcare facility design across four categories, all of which must incorporate excellence in sustainability principles while solving aesthetic, civic, urban, and social concerns. Sarasota Memorial Hospital-Venice was awarded a 2023 AIA Healthcare Design Award in the category of built projects with a construction cost above $25 million.
Every detail of this new, highly anticipated hospital was designed to create a welcoming and comfortable experience for patients, visitors, and staff. Extensive use of high-performance glass on the building's exterior sets the stage for a primary design theme of transparency, resulting in interior spaces that are filled with natural light and feature expansive views to the landscaped campus. A cohesive design language rounds out the unique atmosphere on all hospital levels, formed by durable, natural materials; thoughtful use of local artwork; custom, large-format wall coverings; and specialized lighting systems.
From the gracious and inviting double-height lobby, visitors and families are directed to registration, imaging, and surgical services, with contemporary food and nutrition amenities within view. Check-in desks, waiting areas, and vertical circulation points are sprinkled along the primary interior path with serpentine-like lighting coves flowing from the lobby to various departments, creating pleasant layers of light and reinforcing intuitive navigation.
July 18, 2023