Whidbey General Hospital

Architects Chosen to Design New Wing

Commissioners of the Whidbey Island Public Hospital District have voted to contract with HDR Architecture, Inc., for design of the new inpatient wing approved by voters in last year’s general election.
Architects Chosen to Design New Wing

HDR Architecture, Inc., designed the recent expansion of Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee.

The wing will feature 39 single patient rooms and be located on the south side of Whidbey General Hospital’s Coupeville campus.

Acting upon recommendation from the hospital’s building committee, the five district commissioners voted unanimously at their March 10 meeting to contract with HDR, a national firm with a regional office in Seattle. The firm will be formally hired when contract negotiations are complete.

Established in 1917, HDR has designed more than 75 million square feet of healthcare space in the last five years. Members of the HDR team who will work with Whidbey General average about 25 years experience in hospital design. The same team recently designed a 261,000 square foot, 176 bed expansion for Central Washington Hospital in Wenatchee and a 63,300 square foot, 48 bed expansion at Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital in Tacoma.

“HDR’s work on Central Washington Hospital was extremely impressive,” says Marc Estvold, who was hired in January to oversee all phases of Whidbey General’s expansion. “HDR delivered a very complicated healthcare project ahead of schedule and under budget.”

HDR projects are frequently recognized by the architectural community for design efficiency, environmental stewardship and innovative use of technology in the design process.

“I was really impressed with HDR’s expertise in evidence-based design,” says Linda Gipson, RN, PhD, a member of the building committee and Whidbey General’s Chief Nursing Officer. “HDR designs, based on superior understanding of inpatient care, have led to documented increases in how much time nurses can spend at the bedside.”

"We at HDR are grateful for this opportunity to partner with WGH and the community of Coupeville to deliver a state of the art, patient-centered care addition."
- Marjorie Brown, AIA, HDR Vice President

Soon after Estvold was chosen as project manager, the hospital building committee issued a Request for Proposal for architectural services and received statements of qualification from 11 firms. Using criteria provided by Estvold, the committee interviewed the three most qualified candidates Feb. 18 and afterward voted to recommend HDR to the board.

“We at HDR are grateful for this opportunity to partner with WGH and the community of Coupeville to deliver a state of the art, patient-centered care addition,” says HDR Vice President Marjorie Brown, AIA. “Doing work close to home within the unique natural beauty of Whidbey Island ignites a tremendous amount of excitement and anticipation for our design team.”


Next Steps

One of the architectural firm’s first tasks will be to validate the hospital’s existing master plan, which was presented in 2008. The goal will be to keep the best parts of the plan and revise as needed to meet current codes, technology and practices. Beginning in April, HDR will start meeting with impacted hospital departments to determine space requirements of the new wing and for areas slated for renovation, such as surgical services. When initial space planning is complete, the architect will take the project into design, bidding, permitting and construction.

While many variables are involved, early estimates are that the new inpatient wing would be complete by fall 2016.