BWBR-Designed Hospital Named Best in Class
SAINT PAUL, MN Mayo Clinic Health System-Cannon Falls, Minnesota, takes honors as Best in Class in Healthcare by the Brick Industry Association for the 2015 Brick in Architecture Awards. A 15-bed, 80,000-square-foot critical access hospital and primary and specialty care clinic, the BWBR-designed facility is one of nine projects recognized in various market sectors.
Nestled in the hills of east-central Minnesota located halfway between the Minneapolis-Saint Paul, Minnesota, metropolitan region and Rochester, Minnesota, designers used brick for the facility to provide a hilltop beacon for the community, blend in with views of the valley, and convey a professional image to make Cannon Falls the preferred place in the region to go for primary and transitional care. Brick gives the facility of sense of permanence and stature sited on a 51-acre wooded site.
Choosing tones of tan and beige for the entry faÃ§ade set against a main palette of red brick for the central core, the aesthetic takes on the characteristics of stone familiar to residents in the region at a lower cost. The brick and colors blend in with the surrounding environment, allowing the facility to grow out of the hillside while also becoming a natural part of the landscape.
The earth-tone brick colors continue inside the facility to give patients and staff a warm and comfortable environment for receiving and delivery care. Together with the natural views from inpatient and exam rooms, the brick and colors provide a seamless, pleasant transition from outside to inside, from the natural environment to the care environment.
The Brick Industry Association received more than 115 entries for the awards this year. The awards honor outstanding, innovative, and sustainable architecture that incorporates clay brick products as the predominant exterior building and paving material.