NBBJ helped Banner Health take their centralized approach to care to the next level — proving that speed-to-market, craft and quality care can go hand in hand.

Banner Gateway is the first roll-out facility of the Banner Health franchise model, a concept that started at their prototype hospital, Banner Estrella, in Phoenix. Built around the idea of transforming the health system’s care delivery and attending to the current and future needs of growing communities, the franchise model aims to carry forward Banner Health’s best practices to future campuses. With a design framework already established, NBBJ adapted the acute-care prototype to fit a community “well-care” hospital and delivered the project 16 months faster than the typical schedule for a similar healthcare facility, all without sacrificing quality.

Like the Estrella prototype, Gateway’s patient tower and diagnostic areas are organized around a central circulation spine, which contains the hospital’s infrastructure. It can triple in size from 176 to 350 private beds by adding two additional bed towers in a phased development.

Important to the development of the project was providing the community with a facility that recalls the more hospitable attributes of the Sonoran Desert. The design team chose the theme of a desert oasis to instill the medical center with a sense of tranquility, where patients and their families can find comforting distractions during their time in the hospital.

Carrying Forward Best Practices

Following the model established at Banner Estrella, NBBJ made improvements to the design process that allowed for a faster and cheaper delivery of Gateway. Infrastructure and design elements considered best practice were carried forward from the Estrella prototype, while key programmatic components were adapted to the more community-focused birthing and pediatric facility at the Gilbert, Arizona facility.

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AIA, Seattle Chapter, Honor Award
Contract Healthcare Environments Award, Honorable Mention—Conceptual
International Illumination Design Awards, Regional Award
Modern Healthcare, Award of Excellence