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National honors for Dartmouth-Hitchcock design

Thursday, 20 March 2014

ACHA project Legacy AwardThe American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has named Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center one of two recipients of ACHA’s inaugural Legacy Project Awards. The awards were presented in Orlando on March 18 at the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Planning, Design, and Construction Summit.

Dartmouth-Hitchcock represents a paradigm shift in hospital design, incorporating and foretelling some of the most significant healthcare delivery and design issues of the past 25 years. This includes

- A patient- and family-centered campus
- A focus on managing first cost and ongoing operational costs with a series of connected, yet discrete buildings
- A mall as the organizing concept and circulation backbone
- The use of daylight and views of nature as a wayfinding strategy and partner to medical treatment
- A bench-to-bedside approach that connects clinical care, research, and education

Shepley Bulfinch completed Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s 1.2 million square foot medical center in Lebanon, New Hampshire in 1991 as a physically integrated campus.

Since it opened, the campus has more than doubled in size in a succession of projects, most by the Shepley Bulfinch, adding research, clinical, and administrative space. Its success stands as testimony to the clear organizing concepts of the original design.

According to D. Kirk Hamilton, FAIA, FACHA, Texas A&M University professor and founding father of ACHA, “the legacy of this project is its ability to double the area of the original project (greater than one million square feet), while maintaining the integrity of the original facility principles.”

The ACHA Legacy Project Award is the first award of its kind, celebrating design innovation that endures throughout the life of a healthcare project.

“A legacy is a gift that is passed down from one generation to another. A healthcare building that exhibits high quality designs and encourages high-performance functioning with minimal upkeep is a legacy to those who inherit the building,” commented ACHA president Connie S. McFarland, FAIA, FACHA.

Since its completion, Dartmouth-Hitchcock has been cited as a model of healthcare planning and design in numerous articles and publications. In 1994 it received the Healthcare Facility Design Award from the Boston Society of Architects.

The making of Dartmouth-Hitchcock (video)

Dartmouth-Hitchcock project bibliography

DHMC - aerial view

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