August 20, 2004

Design of Children’s Hospital project wins top honors

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Shelley Moore, M.S.N., R.N.

Earl Swensson Associates won top honors in a statewide competition for its design of the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt.

Chief architect for the project, David Miller received the Award of Excellence in Design for 2004 from the American Institute of Architects, Tennessee Society. The award was presented at the annual banquet held at Cheekwood on Thursday, Aug. 5.

The contest judges were quoted as saying that design innovation in a hospital setting is difficult to achieve.

“Even from the outside, this project is playful … if I were a kid on my way to admissions, I’d feel that I had stepped into Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory, or the FAO Schwartz showroom.”

The 8-story children’s hospital project was completed in December 2003 and patients moved into the new hospital in February of 2004.