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Banner Ironwood Medical Center

San Tan Valley, Arizona

72,000 GSF, 6,689 M2, 20 acres, 8 hectares

Architecture, Building Systems Consulting, Campus Planning, Engineering, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Master Planning, Programming

Best Medical Project, RED Awards (Arizona Real Estate Development Awards), Best of Healthcare, Best of 2010 Awards, Central AZ Technology Award for Health Care Facilities

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“Every so often you get the opportunity to work on a project where everything just seems to go right.”

—Bill Smith


With its phased growth concept and standardized, cost-effective design, this community hospital is the first based on a template model SmithGroupJJR created in collaboration with Banner Health. National benchmarks and Banner best practices were integrated into the 36-bed start-up facility, now elevated as system-wide standard. The result: faster delivery of new projects with assurances of the highest-quality care. Patient satisfaction scores now top 96 percent.

SmithGroupJJR's design for Ironwood reflects the system's mission—providing a cutting-edge yet patient-centered environment—in an expressive yet practical way that reflects its namesake, a “nurse tree" that gives sanctuary for young saguaro cacti. Within, patients and staff enjoy plentiful daylight, views, healing gardens, and soft, natural color palettes.

Accomplished in just 22 months, the project allowed Banner to be first to market in a rapidly growing, underserved community. Yet the flexible, scalable template facility can be expanded incrementally to more than 500 beds without interruption. In fact, Banner has already added 12 beds and four new labor and delivery rooms to meet fast-growing demand.

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