Sacred Heart Hospital
Pensacola, Florida
Project Size
400,000 GSF
General Description
Sherlock, Smith and Adams designed the original Sacred Heart Hospital in Pensacola, Florida in the early 1960s. The firm also directed the implementation of the medical master plan for phased design and construction of extensive new and renovated hospital facilities. Several project components including: an expanded cardiac laboratory, an internal concourse used to connect all hospital facilities, and a 165-car parking garage expansion, were completed and in operation prior to the completion of the master plan.

One of the major components of the master plan is a north addition of approximately 175,000 square feet. The addition includes the Women’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital. Other phases of the master plan call for construction of an outpatient surgical center, relocation and expansion of the hospital’s inpatient surgical suite, and a new intensive care unit. In developing the master plan, designers carefully addressed future expansion needs and improved the hospital’s medical systems, including the vertical and horizontal movement of staff and materials. SS&A devised the master plan using a four-phased approach which included an orientation phase to outline the client’s goals; a facility site assessment to review technical and functional limitations and general constructability factors; the preparation of strategies to meet the client’s needs; and the selection of an optimum strategy, followed by the development of final floor plans, phasing schedules, and projected cost estimates.

Designed for the Daughters of Charity, the Women's Hospital and the Children's Hospital was added to the north side of the original hospital and combines with existing buildings to create a 400,000 square foot medical complex. The structure was built in four phases, allowing medical services to continue throughout construction without interrupting patient care. The new hospital is striking for its inviting, patient-centered design. A three-story atrium featuring a center fountain, lush greenery, and colorful banners that hang from the skylights, greets incoming patients and visitors with comforting warmth. Patient rooms, nurses' stations and hallways glow with warm pastels. Decorative tiling and a seaside motif, befitting a Florida hospital, are carried throughout the building.