Aging / Allied Health Building
Gill Heart Institute, Lexington, Kentucky, 2004
The Aging / Allied Health Building will be the first project undertaken by the University of Kentucky Medical Center with the stated goal of creating a gentler and more humane environment for their patients, students, staff, and faculty. The elegant brick and limestone exterior will serve as a symbol that the medical center can have a human face.
The five-story, 195,000 gross square foot building will unify the College of Allied Health's eleven departments, which are currently dispersed, as well as the Medical Center's Office of the Chancellor and a 90-bed resident Nursing / Teaching Facility, in a plan which will encourage the interaction so important to a teaching and research facility. In addition, the building will provide one level of parking below grade.
Our work at the University of Kentucky Medical Center continues with the design of the adjacent Primary Care / Outpatient Diagnostic and Treatment Center, which includes the headquarters for the Gill Heart Institute on the first two floors and facilities for minimally-invasive surgery on the top three floors. We have taken advantage of the requirement for a pedestrian bridge between the two buildings to create a gateway to the medical campus.