Chickasaw Nation Medical Center

Construction year: 2009
Address: 1921 Stonecipher Blvd | OKLAHOMA CITY | United States | Visit Website
Latitude/Longitude: 34.73112, -96.64557

Chickasaw and other Native American culture and art influenced the design of this 72-bed replacement hospital located on a 230-acre rural site on tribal lands. The 358,000-square-foot medical center incorporates the beauty of the site as well as deference to its ecology as fully as possible into the design. The composite effect is a building that is strongly tied to its site, region and local culture.

The new medical center is stretched long and thin, parallel to a broad meadow with generous views to a hill and creek bed. In order to preserve the connection to landscape on the two long faces of the building, necessary service functions were restricted to its short southeast end. The medical center can thus have two long fronts—one facing the hill, the cluster of mature trees and vehicular access for visitors and the other facing the creek, the thicket and meadow views.

The whole site is seen as a healing environment, not only for the patient, but also for their families and other visitors. There is no explicit “healing garden” but rather a whole series of landscape spaces for rejuvenation. Public spaces open directly onto the meadow with trails and paths that lead throughout the larger site. The chapel acknowledges spiritual rituals that take place outdoors as well as indoors.

Patterns in basket weaving and textiles inspired fenestration and surface treatment of elevations as well as cabinet details and tile configurations. A Chickasaw beaded necklace influenced the faceted treatment of most public parts of the building as well as patterns in terrazzo floors and concourse ceilings. Traditional Chickasaw colors with spiritual and cultural meaning provided the springboard for color selection throughout the building.

A public space referred to as the “town center” occupies the mid-point of the building and separates hospital functions to the southeast from clinic functions to the northwest. The town center becomes a meeting place, a source of information about health services and an emblem of the Chickasaw Nation’s commitment to universal healthcare and the well-being of its people.

Larger visitor spaces in patient rooms, pleasant community rooms on the patient floors as well as the central gathering space in the town center all provide for the larger community’s participation in healthcare. Every patient room is given generous landscape views, uncluttered by roads, cars or other such intrusions.

PageSoutherlandPage provided planning, programming, medical planning, architecture, interior design, MEP and civil engineering for the medical center, which features a Level III emergency department, ambulatory care facility, diabetes care center, dental clinic, diagnostic imaging center, women’s health center, administrative offices and tribal health programs.

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