The UF Health Heart & Vascular Hospital and UF Health Neuromedicine Hospital tower combines two distinct hospital groups into one integrated facility, providing inpatient and outpatient care at one location and promoting physician collaboration, efficiency, and patient convenience.
The tower ties to the phase one Shands Cancer Hospital by a second-level connector that bridges the new and existing hospitals and frames an inviting gateway into the campus. The building’s site creates a central park with green spaces, gardens, and water features, creating a peaceful retreat for patients and families.
The architecture of the tower builds upon and enhances the composition of the entire campus. The use of red brick, architectural precast, metal panel, and glass materials are incorporated in the design, but in a style that creates a fresh and modern appearance. The use of more contemporary forms and the addition of complementary warm-colored terra-cotta and gray stone are integrated into the facade, providing richness and diversity to the overall exterior expression of the campus.
The interior design complements the exterior features and materials. High quality, warm colors and materials accent public spaces and provide a comforting environment. The use of expansive windows, rich cherry veneered walls and ceiling, terrazzo flooring, and glass accents contribute to an interior architectural expression that reinforces the high-technology science and procedures performed within the facility.
Major interior elements such as the two-story lobby, open stairs, transparency, and material/color on vertical circulation cores act as landmarks and provide a sense of openness and destination. The pedestrian bridge and sweeping outdoor terrace provide several rooftop gardens for retreat, as well as space for hospital and community events.
With sustainability as a focus in the design, the tower has achieved 4 Green Globes, making it the first hospital in the United States to earn that designation.