The design for the Sacred Heart medical centre is optimised by its rural destination and spectacular surroundings
Destination design firm WATG was the design architect for Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend which opened Sunday, 10 August in Springfield, Oregon. Set on 181 acres along Oregon’s McKenzie River, the 1million sq ft medical center blends the best of hospitality and health care design to create a place that promotes healing and wellness and lifts the spirits of patients, visitors and employees.
The design challenge was to create a new medical facility with a healing environment for patients and their families that would reflect the comfort of a hospitality project while supporting clinical, medical office, commercial, residential and elder care facilities. WATG inspired the master plan, and created the architecture and interior design concepts. Anshen+Allen led the medical planning and was the architect of record. Both architecture firms collaborated closely throughout the entire design process.
"The success of such a large and complex project depends on the collaboration of many," said Cynthia Stuermer Jacobs, vice president of WATG. "For designers of luxury hotels and resorts, Sacred Heart Medical Center was a wonderful opportunity for WATG to join key attributes of hospitality design with the requirements of a world-class medical facility."
To safeguard the area's natural environment and assure that its beauty is preserved for both enjoyment and healing, WATG’s design celebrates the site’s natural setting. Renewable materials are incorporated throughout Sacred Heart Medical Center.