A new medical center in New Orleans earns recognition for its thoughtful design and community impact.

Among the noteworthy submissions receiving accolades at this year’s Healthcare Design Showcase 2016, one project in particular received attention for the way its design aesthetic reflects and connects to the community. Healthcare Design highlights the new University Medical Center in New Orleans, which opened in August 2015. The project, submitted by NBBJ, earned an honorable mention at the 2016 Healthcare Design Showcase.

The 2.3 million-square foot medical center restored medical services to New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina and forms the cornerstone of a new medical corridor in the city. The $754 million project includes three patient towers, more than 400 beds, and a diagnostic and treatment building with research facilities.

Iconic regional design elements make a statement throughout the entire project. Elements such as French Quarter-inspired ironwork patterns honor its New Orleans heritage and connect to the community while creating a healing environment. The hospital also incorporates critical resiliency features, including a glass façade engineered to withstand hurricane-strength winds.

Showcase 2016 jurors were impressed with how the project used custom design and infrastructure to respond to the healthcare needs of the community while keeping a focus on the city’s identity. Learn how the new University Medical Center is serving New Orleans in the full article.