Golisano Children's Hospital Receives AIA Columbus
Design Merit Award

golisano children's hospital

Design Architect: Karlsberger
Associate Architect: King & King Architects
Photography: Ike Kameoka

The Upstate University Hospital Expansion and Golisano Children's Hospital received the 2010 Design Merit Award from the Columbus chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA). The annual Honors Awards Program of AIA Columbus recognizes excellence in architectural design by architects within the chapter.

An important consideration for the vertical expansion was to create an identity for the Golisano Children's Hospital. As a hospital within a hospital, the client requested an easily accessible dedicated entrance. The upper two floors are designated as the Golisano Children's Hospital of Central New York. The vision was to create an experience that unfolds and captures the visitor's imagination in diverse ways, creating a delightful positive distraction. Additionally, the concept of the Tree House was to bring the public pediatric functions to the sick children and their families. Children ride the glass-enclosed express elevators to the signature "Tree House," an iconic entrance; a different perspective, literally, and figuratively, in that you are in a special place designed for children. The Tree House mimics the main hospital as a series of glass volumes interlocking "haphazardly" to form a series of playful spaces. With its whimsical characteristic and panoramic views, the Tree House becomes a place that gives pleasure and excitement for both children and adults alike. It's neither literal nor age specific. The Tree House is constructed of both curtainwall and metal panel systems. With more of the south façade wrapped in metal panel and punched windows, southern heat exposure is restricted; at the same time, framing unique views of the landscape.