Entry number: COL08007
Project Name: Renown Regional Medical Center Tahoe Tower
Building Type: Health Care
Completion Date: December 2007
Architect: HDR Architecture, Inc.
Building Location: 1155 Mill St., Reno, NV 89502
Electrical Engineer: HDR Architecture, Inc.
Landscape Architect: CFA, Inc.
General Contractor: Sellen / Clark & Sullivan Joint Venture
Structural Engineer: PCS Structural Solutions
Civil Engineer: CFA, Inc.
Interior Designer: HDR Architecture, Inc.
Photographer: Vance Fox Photography
Project Category: 2008 TRIPTYCH Collaborative Award
Type of Project: Acute Care Hospital
Completion Date: December 2007
Type of Construction: Addition
Materials Used: Steel, Curtainwall, Metal Panel, Kalwall
Building Area: 512,000 SF
Statement of Design Approach:
Brightening the skyline of booming, Reno, Nevada, a new 11-story acute care patient tower has transformed Renown Regional Medical Center's campus. Previously a county hospital, Renown sought to totally update their campus with both a new bed tower, as well as a new image/brand, symbolizing their long-range commitment to the community. Up-to-date technologies and superbly functioning spaces allow physicians and other medical staff to deliver today's most advanced healthcare.
Tahoe Tower contains 190 private patient rooms, with the ability to expand to 340 beds. Seventeen large surgical suites feature the latest in testing and treatment options. Seventy-five new exam rooms in the Emergency Department await trauma patients.
"Band of light" is the exterior architectural theme, and the interior spaces are adorned with 300 works of art. Color palettes used establish a high-tech design image that blends with the natural, high-desert environment, promoting Renown's iconographical goals for peace, light, and wellness.
Brightening the skyline of booming Reno, Nevada, a new 11-story acute care patient tower has transformed the Renown Regional Medical Center campus. Previously a county hospital, Renown sought to totally update its campus with both a new bed tower as well as a new image/brand symbolizing a long-range commitment to the community. Up-to-date technologies and superbly functioning spaces allow physicians and other medical staff to deliver today's most advanced healthcare.
Efficiency and flexibility for staff were key operational goals.
Advanced clinical technology, physician and nurse convenience, and phased program expansion "on demand" were fundamental components of the project. Six other specialty care facilities on the overall Renown Regional Medical Center campus, such as the Renown Regional Cardiovascular Center, all demonstrate the hospital's commitment to significant operational improvements.
The tower's vertical beacon rests atop a horizontal "band of light," the exterior architectural theme for this flagship building, to herald a community identity for the re-named Renown Health Systems. This bold design element comprised of a backlit translucent wall that allows natural light to enter during the day and provides a dramatic ribbon of light at night, accentuates the broad expanse of the facility.
The Tahoe Tower has 190 private patient rooms, incorporating cutting-edge technology and healing aesthetics. Evidence-based design concepts include decentralized nurse stations outside patient doors and decentralized linen/medication storage, reducing both staff travel time and patient waiting time.
The new patient rooms provide therapeutic elements and hotel-like amenities to reduce patient stress. Exterior and interior palettes project a high-tech design image that blends with the natural, high-desert environment, promoting Renown's iconographic goals for peace, light, and wellness. This project greatly improved way-finding on the campus, and began to promote a new architectural unity by integrating structure, enclosure and systems in response to climactic and solar contexts.
The new Tahoe Tower was purposely situated over the footprint of an existing, outdated parking structure in order to reduce ecological and environmental impacts. A new, larger multi-level parking structure consolidated Renown's parking spaces into one convenient location. A pedestrian bridge connects to the new tower, and a pedestrian walkway and public-access pass traverse the site to the Truckee River and link parks at both sides of the campus. The site is coordinated with the City of Reno's Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) which creates a transit-supportive mixed-use environment along certain corridors in the Greater Reno Area.
Landscape amenities include the addition of 290 trees to the site. In a gesture towards the natural beauty of the Great Basin Desert, a dry creek bed in the main entry's dominant feature.
Medium voltage power was distributed throughout the facility, reducing conduit and conductor sizes, as well as total voltage drops. A variable primary chilled water plant was designed, along with variable frequency drives on condenser pumps, chillers, and cooling towers. The low-voltage lighting control system automatically turns lights on and off at set times, based on hours of operation and anticipated usage. Air intakes to the newly built central plant have acoustical baffles reducing noise to the surrounding neighborhood. These features included in the Tahoe Tower considerably reduced both the economic and environmental long-range costs of the project.