Women & Children's Hospital & Emergency Department Expansion

, CHRISTUS St. Frances Cabrini Hospital

Alexandria, LA

Lobby atrium
curved hallway with exam rooms
Infant care

With potential land acquisitions that would nearly double the hospital’s usable acreage, the Hospital needed a deliberate framework to guide long-term campus growth and address short-term hospital needs. The design team partnered with the Hospital to develop key strategies and architectural elements that embody the celebration of life from birth to old age.

The new bed tower houses the new emergency department and Women and Children’s Program. The circular plan of the urgent care area – a central nurse’s station and radial treatment rooms on the periphery – minimizes walking distance and provides 360-degree visibility.

Inspired by the client’s commitment to providing compassionate care in a healing environment, the design maximizes natural light and provides access to the outdoors. In form and materiality, the new construction responds to local architectural vernacular and climate. The emergency department features a dedicated healing garden for patient, family and staff, as well as an outdoor landscaped mall easily accessible from anywhere in the campus.

Building Facts

  • 180,000 GSF