Connecting to Nature – Orlando Health on Osceola Parkway

(This is a continuation of the Article featured in our April OFA Newsletter: FOUNDATIONS)

HuntonBrady Architects received an Award of Excellence from the AIA Orlando chapter at the 2019 Design Award Gala for this new Emergency Department and Medical Pavilion for Orlando Health. The new 3 story building has a visually engaging sculptural composition of stacked shapes at the entry, that helps it stand out on Osceola Parkway.

The first floor comprises the new Emergency Department. On the upper floors, the client required a flexible interior space  that could be renovated from medical clinics to inpatient bedrooms. This diagram shows the current clinic layout at the top (which are the 2nd and 3rd floors), and the possible renovation of those floors to become hospital inpatient unit, below it. The the purple blocks indicate the bedrooms arranged along the exterior windows and the center orange block, would be the nurse stations and support rooms.

3D diagram illusrating the clinic floor layout and the impatient hospital floor layout

view toward entries

The families arrive and enter under two dramatic sheltering canopies. The lobby and waiting areas offer warm wood paneling, screens and soffits, with large glass expanses offering views to the nature outside. The exam rooms arranged along the exterior wall have art and windows located high on the walls where patients laying down can appreciate them.

The Emergency Department plan is below:

First floor plan, emergency department

The ceiling in the center of the emergency department is a backlit photo of the sky, and photography of nature on the walls all help to soothe the staff and patients. These accents are visible to everyone circulating to and from all the exam rooms. Indirect cove lighting instead of down lights in this area avoid blinding patients on their backs on stretchers being pushed down the hall.

nurse station with backlit sky ceiling

On the upper floors, the clinic waiting areas look out to the distance, widening and disguising the continuous circulation corridor.

Reviewed from around 50 submissions, the jury selected two for an Award of Excellence. Both were hospital projects by HuntonBrady. Of this entry they said:

Craft and composition of the exterior resonated with jury.
Organization is clearly reflected in the façade.
Organization is simple in plan but rich with the simple moves along the public space.
Drop off canopy makes a striking front door to the building.

As described by the Architects:

Freestanding Emergency Department and Medical Pavilion

The design intent of this project is to create a calming health campus environment where patients and their families can feel connected to nature while having access to state of the art healthcare services.

This 60,000 SF freestanding Emergency Room / Medical Office Building, will become the anchor for the future health campus.

It is located in Osceola County, FL on a 13.5 acres site. It has 317 visitor parking spaces and will contain a pedestrian walkway that ties in to the surrounding amenities. This campus is part of a Transit Oriented Development with a Sun Rail Commuter Train Station being built less than a quarter mile away.

The program includes an Emergency Department on Level 1 with 2 Medical Office floors above. The challenge with this project was to create a floor plate and a structural layout that would allow all programs to stack harmoniously while also providing the flexibility to convert the upper floors into Inpatient Bed Units as the future needs of the community and the health campus grow.

The exterior design features a landscaped Plaza with outdoor seating, to allow patients and families a quiet outdoors place to be while dealing with tough situations. The architecture brings nature directly into the building with the abundant use of natural lighting, materiality, and by framing views to the surrounding landscape. The interior design is sensitive to the patient experience and promotes this connection to nature through the use of artwork, lighting, textures and finishes. These accents are also used to aid in wayfinding and to orient patients throughout the entire health campus inside and out.

Dramatic evening photo with welcoming lighted entry

We hope you enjoyed these photos and drawings, and look forward to explaining more about last years award winning buildings next month.

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Our Architectural Guidebook was featured last week on WMFE public radio.

Check it out at the link:

The book can be purchased for $35 plus tax and shipping through the AIA Orlando Office:

801 N Magnolia Ave, Suite 109
Orlando, FL 32803

Call to be sure staff is in the office, before visiting to pick up a copy and save shipping charges.

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Lakeland Regional Health Pavilion for Women & Children

The new 347,342 sf Lakeland Regional Health Pavilion for Women & Children is a significant addition to a growing regional medical center campus in Lakeland, Florida. The architect’s design challenge was to create an iconic landmark of health built with compassion for women and children at all stages of life, and act as a welcoming center of wellness for patients, staff and the community.

Total building area (sq. ft.): 347,342

Construction cost/sq. ft.: $398

To Be Completed: March 2018

Firm: HuntonBrady Architects,

Read the whole article at this link to Healthcare Design Magazine:

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Barn Hopping: An AIA Orlando Christmas Event


Lets GO Barn Hopping: An AIA Orlando Christmas Event

December 15 from 6:30-9:30

Hosted by:
Gleman and Sons-Specializing in reclaimed wood, millwork and genuine barn board interiors.

Refreshments, food and mead (Champagne and Egg Nog) will be served.

Location: 110 Tech Dr., Sanford, Fl, 32771
RSVP by 12/10 to

Gleman & Sons Reclaimed Lumber is recovered from old barns and buildings in the Appalachian region and out West. Whether left rustic with its natural patina and saw marks or finished to show the beautiful grain and color, this lumber has beautiful and unique characteristics. Come see their custom tables, paneling and more.

gleman-reclaimed-wood-samplesVisit their website at:


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LMN Lecture Rescheduled Thursday 11/17


This Thursday November 17, from 5:30 to 8:30 pm

CityLab Orlando- 500 West Livingston Street, Orlando, FL 32801

LMN Architects: In Service

Stephen Van Dyck, AIA, LEED AP

Partner, LMN Architects

Stephen Van Dyck, Design Partner at LMN Architects, will discuss how his practice – this year’s recipient of the National AIA Architecture Firm Award – has redefined architectural service to realize an exceptional body of work. LMN’s unique culture of collaboration and exploration encourages experimentation through the prolific use of physical models and the integration of advanced technology. Beyond this internal dialogue, the firm works with clients and collaborators who share their vision and spirit of innovation to create buildings that engage and enrich public life, foster learning, strengthen civic identity, and promote sustainable urbanization. With a broad, long-range view and commitment to the communities in which they work, LMN’s multifaceted service has transformed how architecture is conceived, constructed and experienced.

LMN Architects is the recipient of the 2016 AIA National Architecture Firm Award.

Here is the link to RSVP, and more information:

Here is our previous post with more info about the firm:

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The Architecture of Doctor Strange


Ross Brady explores the architecture of movies and shows some amazing animation clips from Marvel’s Latest Movie: Doctor Strange

Here is a link to his engaging article by Architizer, for those of you who don’t subscribe:

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Park [ing] Day Orlando


Swing by College Park this Friday, September 16th, and check out the pop-up parks lining the street until 7 PM. This annual event by the City of Orlando converts parking spaces along the street into miniature Parks for one day, bringing attention to the importance of recycling.


UCF has spot #1. And the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) is one I want to see. They have 2 spots #12 and #13.

At least two of our architecture firms in town have entered. HHCP’s parking spot is #11 on the NW corner of Edgewater Drive and Smith Street, next to the Gallery of the Edge. Their park theme is “Recycle and Reuse” and the design consists of recyclable materials that have been collected and put together along with some greenery into a great little space.


AECOM is another of the Architecture firms participating at spot #14. So stop by and enjoy the fun as parking along our streets goes “green” for a day!

You can also check this link for our report of the event in 2014:
(Sorry, the linked pages in that article are gone)

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LMN Architects Lecture Thursday 9/28


AIA Orlando’s Annual Meeting and Elections will take place first, followed by a presentation from LMN Architecture. LMN Architecture is 2016 AIA National Firm of the year, they are an innovative and exciting firm that will be sure to inspire.

Washington State University Biotechnology and Life Sciences Building, in Pullman WA, shown above is one of their Education Projects. A “community gallery”, a two-story internal pathway containing research centers, administrative offices and conference rooms, forms the beginning of an academic and architectural linkage that will connect to future buildings within a larger research complex.  A unifying roof expression and transparent curtainwall distinguish this interactive “spine” as a primary ordering element in the precinct master plan.


Another of their projects, the Octahedron was a signature installation for the 3rd annual Seattle Design Festival. Blending parametric modeling, digital fabrication, and collaborative interaction, the structure established a new precedent for the event’s human-scale design competition, going on to win an Honor Award from the AIA Seattle Chapter and inspiring expanded ambitions for the event’s future. The festival is put on by Design in Public, an organization with the mission of involving the public in design thinking. Set in the brick-paved Occidental Park section of Seattle’s historic Pioneer Square, the festival’s “Design Block” segment asks participating teams to design and build interactive pavilions and street furniture.

They have an extensive portfolio of commercial, residential and institutional work, including convention center design as well. You can learn more about their work and their philosophy at the lecture this month.

When: Thursday, September 29, 2016 from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Embassy Suites Downtown, 191 E Pine St, Orlando, FL 32801

Here is the link to reserve a seat/purchase tickets:


Here is a link to their firm’s website, where you can read more about the above projects, other buildings they have designed, their firm culture and more:

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Vote for Orlando Buildings in AIA Florida Peoples Choice Awards

AIA Florida has released the 2016 Peoples Choice competition. AIA Orlando has 3 buildings in the competition this year, Morimoto Asia, Daytona International Speedway, and Cameo Theater. Be sure to get your votes in! Here is the link to vote:

The list of buildings in our area can use our support to move up the list. To vote you will need to like them by clicking the Facebook LIKE button beside the photos. This is different than last year. You will need to be signed into Facebook as well, for your votes to be accepted. Read more about our local entries below:


Cameo Theater by Process Architecture, on Colonial Drive near Mills
(I was the first to vote for it)
This is a great renovation of a classic Art Deco Building, now a SNAP Photography Gallery

Here is a link to our post on it:

The Morimoto Asia Restaurant at Disney Springs by Lingerfelt International, which received an AIA Orlando Design Award, (this is in the former Manikin’s Dance Palace)


Here is a link to the AIA Orlando page on their award:

The Daytona Speedway improvements which have changed the face of the Entry and stands.


Here is a link to our post on it:

Innovation, Science and Technology Building at Florida Polytechnic is also nearby, but in the Tampa chapter’s service area. (It is the only one nearby in the top ten)


Here is a link to our post on it:

Please use the link at the beginning of this article, or the link below to vote, so our buildings have a chance at the TOP 10! And please spread the word, so more people know about the architecture in Central Florida.

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New Luxury Townhomes for Winter Park

park-hill-rendering WP_750xx1500-844-0-78 Slocum Platts Architects

The former Spanish Oaks Apartments and Golfview Apartments on the southwest corner of North Park Avenue and Whipple Avenue are expected to be torn down in the next few weeks, which will make way for the 10-unit, “ultra luxury” townhome development dubbed Park Hill.

Slocum Platts Architects have designed Park Hill to include 4,200-square-foot, three- and four-bedroom units in three-story buildings with elevators, two-car garages, private entrances and private terraces. Tall windows, cut stone detailing and tile roofs provide a sense of elegance, befitting a Winter Park address.

Private townhomes with higher density and less yard maintenance continue to increase in popularity in central Winter Park due to proximity to shops and dining within walking distance of this and other recent projects.

You can read the complete article by Anjali Fluker in the Orlando Business Journal at this link:

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