Project SummaryThe Washington County Regional Medical Complex and Hospital consist of 242,000 square feet of space. The complex contains 297 single patient rooms, 231 medical/surgical and critical care beds, 17 operating rooms, 53 emergency treatment rooms, two trauma rooms and two cardiac treatment rooms, just to name a few of the features incorporated into its design. The facility sits on a 34.89-acre parcel. The landscape design focused on a growing body of scientific research that links access to natural light and contemplative, natural spaces to reduced patient recovery time and increased mental, physical, and spiritual well-being. The hospital was designed to be ae a naturally healing environment for patients and the surrounding urbanizing landscape by integrating forest conservation (per the Maryland Forest Conservation Act) and stringent stormwater quantity and quality best practices (surpassing Maryland’s stringent SWM Codes). The design met these programmatic objectives by integrating spaces for socialization and reflection with local vegetative plant communities and landscape patterns, such as orchards, agriculture, meadows, wetlands, and forests. The entrance drive consists of native redbuds and prairie grasses arranged in an agricultural and orchard-like pattern. A solarium and private garden space provide cancer treatment patients a place that mimics an at home, ‘backyard’ feel through native vegetative screening and a wooden deck connected to the treatment room. Adjacent to the hospital chapel is a quiet, contemplative garden whose plant palette emulates fallow farm fields or old field/young woodland growth to create a series of rooms. A water feature and meditation labyrinth further add to the tranquility of the space. The dining terrace provides shaded comfort in a forested glen. The integration of stormwater management occurred through an interconnected series of bioswales or rain gardens. Overflow from large storm events is directed to two regional, manmade, wetland ponds to conserve and protect the forest structure and patterns onsite and offsite.
- Steve Zoretich (Project Manager)
- Tony Taylor (Civil Engineer and Project Manager)
- Travis Flohr (Conceptual Landscape Design, Grading, Construction Documentation of Landscape Design, Graphic Illustrations)
- Andy Kalback (Graphic Illustrations)
Washington County, MD Health System *All professional work was completed while working at Frederick Seibert & Associates, Inc.
- Site Design
- Stormwater Management
- Construction Detailing
- Planting Design
- Forest Conservation