The Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children is a sanctuary of hope and healing—on the inside. To make the facility look and feel like a safe haven on the outside required a bit more engineering.
The architectural design for this project presented our structural engineering team with several challenges, as well as a chance to demonstrate how we could help overcome them. The plan was to build a 273-bed hospital made up of three interlocking cylindrical-shaped glass towers, a sphere-shaped glass atrium, and a richly textured stone base. Large iconic structures and floating canopies were among the challenging design elements that needed some engineering. To further complicate things, hurricane winds had to be considered in our design.
We were able to closely follow the original architectural intent thanks to our team’s depth of experience and combined skills. In addition to withstanding powerful winds, our final design of the project’s large iconic structures and floating canopies also enhanced the hospital’s appeal as a calm and secure place to get well.