Stephen Boruff, AIA Architects + Planners, Inc. was requested to provide architectural services for a 129,188 s.f. bed tower addition to the existing Delray Medical Center hospital campus. This project, which is located on the north side of the existing site, will include a 4-story hospital addition, a 5-level 340 spaces parking structure, and site improvements including parking and landscaping.
Delray Medical Center’s goal for this addition is to improve the standard of care for this facility by adding 140 private patient rooms in an effort to transition from semi private rooms to private. This will not add beds to the facility, but will result in the conversion of 280 beds from semi-private to private. While this conversion is a result of responding to updated code and guideline requirements, requiring an enhanced level of patient care, the addition will also provide a re-imaging architecture for the campus, adding 4 floors of construction, and creating a distinct north facing façade. Although no LEED requirement has been imposed, many sustainable strategies have been incorporated into the design. Building orientation has been considered and as the exposure to sunlight increases on each facade, the amount of glazing is reduced and more sun-shading elements are introduced. Creative use of vegetation takes shape in the form of a Green Wall, transforming the north elevation of the parking garage from what would have been strictly utilitarian to living art. Strategically placed green roofs soften the vistas of upper level patient rooms, and a white roof reduces the “heat island effect”. Each material selected is considered for its recycled content and overall sustainability.
This proposed addition will enhance the overall aesthetic of the hospital, while increasing the facilities’ ability to serve the community.
Delray Beach, Florida
Delray Medical Center Tenet Healthcare
130,000 square feet