Swedish Issaquah Hospital designers earn prestigious award

Seattle-based CollinsWoerman will be awarded the highest honor in healthcare interior design from Contract magazine on Jan. 27 for its innovative design and vision for Swedish Issaquah Hospital and Medical Center.

The Swedish Issaquah Hospital and Medical Center green room

The Swedish Issaquah Hospital and Medical Center green room

Seattle-based CollinsWoerman will be awarded the highest honor in healthcare interior design from Contract magazine on Jan. 27 for its innovative design and vision for Swedish Issaquah Hospital and Medical Center.

“We’re honored to receive this prestigious award,” said Sarah Reisenauer, senior interior designer with CollinsWoerman. “By working closely with our client and extended design team, the space we created together enhances the patient journey, benefits the community, and achieves our design and aesthetic vision.”

The comprehensive medical center spans 550,000 square feet and includes a medical office building, cancer center, ambulatory care center and hospital. Located in the Issaquah Highlands communite, the facility is the first full-service healthcare campus built in King County in more than 25 years.

“The interior elements combine poetry of color and nature to play off the buildings natural surroundings,” Reisenauer said. “We wanted to design the space from the perspective of the patient, so it was essential to include crisp aesthetics, material integrity, and a sense of warmth and familiarity.”

The project focused on the concept of a commons: a central, unifying and orienting public space which acted as an interface between medical offices and the hospital. The multi-level space that adjoins the buildings incorporates patient registration functions, retail and food services, a hospitality-style waiting room with a fireplace, and an open courtyard that allows visitors to enjoy both the indoor and outdoor environment.

Design features include 40 to 60-foot high LED back-lit metal sculptural grass blades on concrete shear walls and a winding trail of wood-like tile embedded in the terrazzo floor.

The coveted Contract Interiors Awards Breakfast in New York City celebrates the design industry’s top projects and accomplishments of the year. It is the only juried program to offer design awards by category. CollinsWoerman’s Swedish Issaquah Hospital and Medical Center was selected by a group of respected design industry leaders.


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