Blending modern improvements and amenities with a historical hospital campus can be challenging. With several buildings nearing a century old, Bassett Healthcare faced this problem. Engaging a team of BSA LifeStructures planners, architects and engineers, a campus master plan was devised to reinforce the historic image while integrating a plan for the future.
In addition to bedded care and parking, the master plan identified other areas for facility improvement, including a new outpatient entrance, central plant expansion, infrastructure upgrades and incremental departmental expansion for the surgery, radiology, emergency, pharmacy and dietary departments. Creative planning was required to address these areas as the campus site presented extensive restraints like municipal water utility and excessive sloping.
To guide the decision making process, facility objectives were developed in coordination with the hospital. These goals included improving the work environment and operational performance, increasing support space, maintaining a manageable budget and schedule as well as improving the campus image.