Gateway Medical Center
Location: Clarksville, Tennessee
Size: 516,480 SF
Services: Programming, Planning, Architecture, Interiors
Scope: Replacement Hospital.
Gateway Medical Center is designed as a 5-story replacement hospital for the community’s original 50-plus year old medical facility in Clarksville, Tennessee. The design team’s challenge for this new 274 bed medical center was to create a modern healthcare facility that incorporated high performance technology and enhanced operational efficiency, while respecting the needs of patients, their families, and caregivers.
As one of the largest hospitals in the region, Gateway Medical Center includes 12 operating rooms, a minimally invasive endovascular room, a 39-position emergency department, 12 LDR rooms, 24 post-partum beds, a 13-position NICU, 21 intensive care beds, 21 step-down beds, and 20 inpatient rehabilitation beds.
Access to Gateway Medical Center was designed to be convenient and minimize anxiety from a patient’s first approach to the campus. The hospital is served by multiple entrances, minimizing the distance a patient would have to walk from the parking lot to the hospital entrance. The main lobby, with abundant daylight, serves as a circulation spine connecting the hospital to the MOB and as an organizational strategy to wayfinding for all outpatient and public services. The intent is to simplify the patient and visitor experience by providing them with direct access to admitting, dining, the gift shop, public elevators, and outpatient services. Cross-traffic between inpatients, outpatients, public, and service activities is nearly eliminated throughout the hospital.
Beyond Universal Grid planning, a modular approach was used to allow rooms to adapt based upon fluctuating hospital needs. Spaces within the hospital were designed so they could serve more than one purpose. For instance, operating rooms were designed so that any room could be used for a major case and emergency rooms were designed for cross-functional use. The hospital’s occupational medicine program, a day-time function, was positioned adjacent to the emergency department for overflow capacity during peak hours. Similarly, the ICU and step-down spaces allow for rapid conversion to a second critical care unit when needed to address demand. The alignment of major services along exterior walls enhances the hospital’s future expansion opportunities.
Gateway’s stress-free environment extends a welcoming hand to families and staff. A comfortable café on the hospital’s first floor contributes to the atmosphere of hospitality and provides families with a diversion as they wait during stressful times. Technology and wireless capabilities help to connect staff functions and help to lessen patient anxiety.
Littlejohn Engineering Assoc, Inc. – Civil Engineer
Structural Design Group – Structural Engineer
TLC Engineering – MPE Engineers
BE & K – Construction Manager
Successful design of a new hospital for a Joint Venture For-Profit Healthcare System and a Not-for-Profit Community Hospital client.
First floor designed for horizontal expansion of all major ancillary services.
Early release packages for site, foundation, and steel.
ABC Construction Award of Excellence, 2008
Awarded American Society of Interior Designer’s Architectural Gold Award, 2008.
Rooftops are free of mechanical units which are accessibly located within the hospital.