Baptist Health of South Florida desired a prototype for freestanding emergency departments (FSEDs) that would reflect its new brand. A study on Millennials’ design preferences inspired the clean, sleek creation. The first of three new FSEDs, Country Walk is a 18,633-square-foot, 1-story cast-in-place concrete modern building that reflects quality care and state-of-the-art technology.

While Country Walk was intended to be a prototype, the two other selected sites ultimately offered different opportunities. However, all three FSEDs share a common design language with trellis structures, metal panels, extended cantilevered overhangs and daylighting strategies. Country Walk features a clerestory in the core treatment area, an expansion of volumetric space not typically seen in institutional EDs. It is intended to enhance the healing environment as well as promote a positive working environment. Adaptability and efficiency were also key design drivers. Levels of acuity are organized from front to back while shared services and standardized rooms allow functions to flex based on demand.