Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion

The Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion will address the need for expanded emergency and critical care facilities to area residents. Fremont’s Washington Hospital currently serves more than 320,000 area residents, and houses the second busiest emergency room in Alameda County. The new emergency room inside the Pavilion will be approximately four times as large as the current facility, while more than doubling the size of the Critical and Intensive Care Units. The expanded and upgraded emergency room will allow Washington Hospital to become eligible for trauma center designation by the Alameda County Board of Supervisors.

The Morris Hyman Critical Care Facility provides for an expanded emergency department and critical care units, as well as other acute care services. The expanded departments offer 48 Intensive Care Unit (ICU) beds, 68 medical surgery beds, and support space. The 240,000sf structure consists of one basement floor to house a seismic-isolation foundation system--one of the only hospitals in California incorporating this system--, three stories of acute care facilities, and a rooftop penthouse for mechanical and electrical equipment. Building features include multiple terraces and open-air courtyards, providing natural light for patients and staff.

The design of WHHS responds to the growing need to have natural light for patient care, staff comfort, while promoting a healing environment through open space where indoor and outdoor relationships are created at every practical opportunity. By using floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the building, vistas can be seen from patient rooms which are filled with natural light. The unique atrium in the hospital lobby also offers an aesthetically comfortable waiting and gathering area.

The project is targeting LEED for Healthcare certification.

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