A place for healing—inspired by the river, landscape, and community
Cambridge Memorial Hospital sits on the banks of the Grand River and serves the surrounding community as a regional health center. The existing mid-20th century hospital needed expansion and renovation to meet the standards for contemporary healthcare technology and service delivery. The planned redevelopment will add 150,000 SF of new construction and the renovation of 240,000 SF to accommodate priority programs, including: Diagnostics, Emergency, Surgical Services, Maternal Newborn and Maternal Child, Laboratory, Intensive Care Unit, Patient Units, Mental Health (patient/outpatient) and Pediatrics. The design of the expansion fuses new and old, inspired by regional elements—the river, bridges, landscape, and local masonry traditions—to create a healing place of wellness that is unique and familiar to community residents.
Two courtyards connecting the existing and the new addition, are the prime organizing elements. They provide visual and physical connection to landscape, clarity of wayfinding, and draw natural light deep into the floorplate. Destination zones such as elevator lobbies and program waiting areas are clearly visible and clustered around the main entrance area and the central courtyard.
The new patient tower bends toward the river like a divining rod, establishing strong visual connection to the river for the first time on this campus. A transparent bridge link connects the new and existing patient towers echoing the tradition of the bridges of Cambridge. The geometry of the patient tower provides visual access to the river and community beyond, via floor-to-ceiling windows within inpatient rooms and treatment spaces as well as through terraces carved into the floor plate at the upper levels, which provide secure outdoor space, natural light, and views from patient corridors—a unique and beneficial condition for an inpatient unit.
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