Design Competition Alert: The Future Of Health Care by Kaiser Permanente

March 10, 2011

Kaiser Modesto CenterKaiser Permanente is calling on students, architects, engineers, designers, and teams of multidisciplinary thinkers from around the world to help design what could be the future of health care delivery: the small hospital.

The “Small Hospital, Big Idea” design competition seeks concepts for a small, eco-conscious, patient- and family-friendly hospital that uses the best in emerging medical technology to coordinate and deliver care to Kaiser Permanente members.

“We are not just looking for dynamic building designs,” said Benjamin Chu, MD, president of Kaiser Permanente Southern California. “We want a partner with fresh ideas on how technology and medicine can reshape our current medical delivery infrastructure to provide even more exceptional, effective, and convenient care to our members.”

The “small hospital” design is a departure from Kaiser’s normal medical campus that usually includes a hospital and several supporting medical clinics.  Kaiser hopes that the small hospital design will serve as a model allowing more access to convenient, safe, and quality health care.

The winning small hospital design will provide a patient-centered healing environment that has near-zero impact on the environment while providing access to the latest technology to improve quality and reduce costs. The new hospital is tentatively scheduled to be built in Southern California.

The competition is free to enter. Finalists will be announced publicly in May and will receive compensation of up to $750,000 to develop their concepts further. The winner will earn the right to contract with Kaiser Permanente for the small hospital project. Registration for the competition ends promptly at 5 p.m., March 21. Entrants must register online at the contest web site.

Photo courtesy of Kaiser Permanente.



Dawn Killough

has over 15 years experience in the construction industry and is the author of Green Building Design 101, an e-book available from Amazon. She is a LEED AP and Certified Green Building Advisor, and has worked on the LEED Certification of three projects in Salem, Oregon.