North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital

UNC REX Healthcare

Raleigh, NC

Specialty Services Acute Care Healthcare

UNC Health North Carolina Heart & Vascular Hospital

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 project realizes the client's vision to assure a patient-centered health and healing experience within a high-volume, academic teaching hospital. Guided by key conceptual drivers identified in stakeholder charrettes - Clean, Hi-tech, Natural, Inviting - the design balances architecture and the landscape to suggest the healthy synergy of Mankind and Environment.

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.

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 welcomingly embraces those approaching the building, heightening their sense of arrival and giving the hospital a strong visual identity.

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

Awards & Honors

  1. Best Project: Healthcare in Southeast

    Engineering News-Record

  2. Sir Walter Raleigh Award (Commercial)

    City of Raleigh

  3. Best in City Center

    IIDA Texas Oklahoma Chapter

Inspired by the Heart

The project was guided by key conceptual drivers identified in collaborative charrettes with the stakeholders: Clean, Hi-tech, Natural, Inviting. The design balances architecture and the landscape, reflecting the healthy synergy of Mankind and Environment. Rising from a park-like setting, the facility is an urban oasis whose linked paths and courtyards serve as outdoor “living rooms” for patients and staff. 

Well-Being Community Impact

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.

Well-Being Community Impact Workplace Strategy

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