UC Gardner Neuroscience Institute:
Healthcare Design Award
Health and Life Sciences Research Award
The University of Cincinnati’s Gardner Neuroscience (UCGNI) Institute earned the most coveted prize, the Healthcare Design Award, in the under 25,000-square-meter category. This award recognizes “an outstanding healthcare project in a community or primary care setting that demonstrates high levels of sustainability and urban integration, transforming the quality of care services in an accessible location, and supporting the integrated needs of staff, patients and the community.”
Additionally, the project won a Health and Life Sciences Research High Commendation, which recognizes “an outstanding health and life sciences project that supports the alignment of training and education, clinical research, informatics, innovation and healthcare delivery, with a focus to improve patient and population health outcomes by translating research into practice to develop integrated health services.”
UCGNI is a leading treatment, research, and teaching center accommodates the unique physical and mental needs of various neurological patients with a focus on well-being and hospitality. Each component of the design was developed with patient, family, and caregiver input—and with research from our firm’s Human Experience (Hx) Lab. Design strategies include direct access from the parking lot to exam rooms, a specialized polyester fiber mesh façade that prevents glare and visual disorientation, and acoustical insulation to ensure minimal disruption to patients with auditory sensitivities.