Photo of Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

Ⓒ Claire Schatzle

Photo of Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

Ⓒ Claire Schatzle

Photo of Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

Ⓒ Claire Schatzle

Photo of Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

Ⓒ Claire Schatzle

Photo of Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

A Hybrid Operating Room for Neuro Surgery

This project starts with a complex need: An operating room (OR) for Harborview Medical Center that allows their neurosurgical team to use bi-plane imaging technology in the same space in which they operate on their patients. Ankrom Moisan partnered with Aldrich to lead the design-build effort. By leveraging continuous user engagement and feedback, we designed a 2,000 sq. ft. room for neurology (specifically craniotomies) and cardiovascular procedures, with the potential to flex at a moment's notice to accommodate emergency cases. Using an integrated ceiling system, the remodeled hybrid OR deftly orchestrates the elaborate dance of moving equipment all within an operating space. The custom ceiling coordinates diffusers, lighting zones, and booms in an efficient pattern to supports multiple procedural layout configurations.

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Seattle, Washington
COMPLETED IN 2020
  • N/A
  • N/A story
  • 2,000 sq. ft.
MARKET

Healthcare

DISCIPLINES

Architecture

PROJECT TYPE

Acute Care

PROJECT CONTACT

Architecture: Molly Wolf

healthcare@ankrommoisan.com


Architecture Story

Function First

Architecture Photo of Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

Ⓒ Claire Schatzle

Architecture Photo of Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

Ⓒ Claire Schatzle

Architecture Photo of Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

Ⓒ Claire Schatzle

Architecture Photo of Harborview Medical Center BiPlane OR

Ⓒ Claire Schatzle

Our design team aimed to understand how the OR worked and how people work in it. How does it need to transition between prepping a patient and operating on one? How do you reconfigure the space so it’s efficient and serves multiple clinical staff, like an anesthesiologist or a neurosurgeon? And finally, how do you store all the equipment when it’s not in use? We started by solving the issue of space. Considering every single piece of inventory Harborview needs to store or relocate, we methodically worked with the Harborview team to establish an eqipment plan before we even began to design the space layout. We also addressed communication. To help Harborview’s team work through and understand our designs, we hosted table-top planning charrettes using puzzle pieces to represent team members, equipment, and rooms. By moving things around, we explored how the room will function for different activities. Once we defined 90% of our room layouts, we used 3D virtual reality technology to immerse medical staff in the room and see how it works before agreeing to the design and layout. To fully immerse ourselves in the OR requirements, two of our design team members shadowed the Harborview group to watch a craniotomy procedure. From prepping the patient to the active procedure, our design successfully serves the different functions of the space and adjusts according to the size of the equipment, and staff needs.

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