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Fosters + Partners to design Cleveland Clinic master plan

Despite falling off the long list for Guy’s Cancer Centre in London, UK-based Foster + Partners has won a contract to develop a master plan for the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.

The Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit, academic medical center that is considered one of the top hospitals in the US.

Foster + Partners, led by Lord Norman Foster, will form a master plan that identifies the locations for new buildings on 168-acre campus for the next 20 years. Other goals include making sure there is plenty of landscape and the campus has a welcoming approach to the community, according to a spokeswoman for the Cleveland Clinic. Additionally, the clinic wants to enhance patient care services as well as the experience for both patients and visitors. Foster + Partners is expected to complete the plan in the next four to six months.

Currently, one-third of the campus, which opened in 1921, is occupied by parking, which could be filled by future buildings including homes a new Neurological Institute and an additional cancer treatment facility. Cleveland Clinic officials have said these building may be designed by other architects firms and requests for qualifications have been sent out to an unnamed number of firms.

In 2000, the clinic completed the Taussig Cancer Center, designed by Cesar Pelli, who had completed other signature buildings for the campus since the 1980s. The rest of the campus features traditional hospital buildings and the Sydell and Arnold Miller Family Pavilion and Glickman Tower, both large glass and metal buildings at the core of the campus. The later two buildings, opened in 2008, were designed by NBBJ.

Foster is well known for the renovated Reichstag in Berlin, the Swiss Re HQ in London and the Hearst Tower in New York City. The firm has less experience in healthcare, and their first hospital project, CircleBath, which opened in January in Bath, UK.

Also working on the project Peter Walker Partners, a Berkeley, Calif.-based landscape architecture firm. PWP, which designed a central mall and reflecting pool at the Miller pavilion, has also designed the 1,000-acre Millennium Parklands in Sydney, Australia and the garden at the SOM-designed US Embassy in Beijing.

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