North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital

, UNC REX Healthcare

Raleigh, NC

UNC Exterior at dusk
UNC Lobby & waiting area
UNC courtyard
UNC Teaching Kitchen
UNC Hybrid OR
UNC Patient room

Rising from a park-like setting, this world-class facility is an urban oasis whose linked paths and courtyards serve as outdoor “living rooms” for patients and staff.  The strong geometry of the contemporary aesthetic – a glassy boomerang form bisected and grounded by horizontal elements faced with rough-hewn stone – communicates the power and promise of high-quality modern healthcare. The curving shape heightens visitors' sense of arrival and gives the hospital a strong visual identity.

To assure the capacity to support current and projected population growth, REX aligned its H&V services with multiple cardiology practices in the area. Lean design principles informed a plan that right-sizes patient care spaces and clinical work areas to best-practice benchmarks. Each nursing unit is comprised of two, 10-bed neighborhoods with staff support spaces that minimize caregiver steps, maximizing time spent with patients. Multiple evidence-based design strategies, informed by our healthcare and workplace experts’ research, are already positively impacting the experience of all who work in, visit, or are treated in the new hospital.

We were the Design Architect in collaboration with Associate Architect BBH Design.

Building Facts

  • 306,000 GSF new
  • 72 telemetry beds
  • 22-bed cardiovascular ICU
  • 20-bed acuity adaptable uni
  • 10-bed PACU
  • 2 hybrid ORs
  • 6 Cath labs
  • 2 electrophysiology labs
  • 2 interventional radiology labs
  • 40 prep/recovery beds

Kindness, Caring and Compassion

UNC Rex Healthcare is focused on enhancing the patient experience, bringing the best of medical technology, research, and treatment to the community and the state. Five years in the making, the new facility is a point of pride for the physicians, staff, and administration.

Workplace Strategy