Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children opens in US
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Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children opens in US

08 Aug 2012

The $400m Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children (BRHFC) has opened in the US.

Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children

The $400m Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children (BRHFC) has opened in the US.

The 12-storey, hospital is situated one block north of the existing Children’s of Alabama Hospital facility and named in honour of Alabama entrepreneur Benjamin Russell.

The hospital will have 332 beds and 48 neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) bassinets.

Architecture firm HKS, in partnership with Giattina Aycock Studio designed the project, wiith KLMK the project manager and Hoar Construction, in partnership with KBR, serving as the construction managers.

Doug Compton, HKS senior designer, said: "The hospital’s curvilinear design combines vision, gradate and opaque glass types that are punctuated with colors interspersed throughout the building – inside and out – for visual interest."

With a floor area of 760,000ft², the new facility has been built to accommodate a rise in the number of patients, anticipated medical technology needs and proposed consolidation of pediatric services including cardiovascular surgery and solid organ transplant care.

Iris Dates, HKS vice president/director of design for healthcare interiors, said that patients, families and visitors will find their way through the building using several visual cues that have been incorporated into the hospital’s interior design.

"A blue patient journey curving pattern within the terrazzo floors winds through the public areas, directing foot traffic to and from entrances, elevators and patient care areas," Dates said.

BRHFC features private, acute care rooms that are 30% larger than the largest rooms in the existing building and all-private rooms in critical care units.

Each room features a sleeper sofa, large wardrobe and safe to keep valuables, along with a special patient education/entertainment system.

The facility is expected to secure Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification by incorporating sustainable elements like energy-efficient and environmental friendly materials.

The new hospital also features rooftop gardens planted with native sedum to offer insulation and oxygenation to the structure.

About 30,000gal of condensate is collected from the air conditioning system to be used for irrigation and also to cool equipment.


Image: The 12-storey Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children hospital is located one block north of the existing facility featuring private, acute care rooms. Photo: courtesy of HKS.