Duke University Medical Center: Medical Master Plan / Perkins Eastman

Duke University Medical Center: Medical Master Plan

Durham, North Carolina
With the goal of developing facility improvements to further support a patient and family friendly focus at the hospital Duke University Hospital retained Perkins Eastman for two key assignments: preparation of a facilities master plan and expansion of the Emergency Department. The master plan addressed the entire medical campus, from the pre-war complex known as the South Campus to the 1970s buildings that are almost a half-mile away. These buildings house inpatients and major ancillary functions. Additionally, the clinics, parking garages, and ambulatory surgery facility were all considered as part of the plan.

In addition to the review of existing and projected medical functions and programs, the master plan responded to urban design issues, wayfinding, pedestrian linkages, and the creation of a central unifying green belt. Some of the key plans included improving upon the family waiting and winter garden areas. Renovation of the surgical suite and Diagnostic and Treatment areas while retaining horizontal continuity improved the hospital chassis rather than replacing it. Evolution of the surgery platform to state-of-the-art conditions along with addressing the critical care units by creating a universal bedroom, enlarging the OR’s and upgrading the HVAC system were all key goals. Further, the public noticed reduced traffic congestion at main entrances.