Lennar Foundation Medical Center
Part of the University of Miami Health Care System, this facility was designed to provide easily accessible, state of the art patient care to students, faculty and members of the surrounding community. The medical center offers a wide range of services including primary care and outpatient services as well as access to the renowned Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center and the top-rated Bascom Palmer Eye Institute. The center also includes urgent care, men’s and women’s health, physical therapy, diagnostic imaging, radiation, oncology, and other subspecialties.
The medical center’s interior, exterior and artwork were designed to reinforce the high-end research and quality of care provided within. Walter P Moore’s team worked to bring the architect’s vision to life by providing support for cantilevered areas on all edges of the building and specialized rooftop terraces as well as the vibration control required for specialized medical equipment and provision for future modification often desired by healthcare institutions.
Each floor cantilevers 8 to 12 feet beyond the vertical supports on all sides of the building, in many places supporting additional architectural features. Two levels of the building provide outdoor terraces. Level 3 was designed as an outdoor rehabilitation area for patients including ramps, stairs, and planters that can all be used to assist patients during recovery. An additional green roof on level 5 provides a venue for small events with panoramic views of Coral Gables and the surrounding area.
The project also included a renovation to the 6-level parking garage; the addition of a prestressed, 76 ft long enclosed pedestrian bridge connecting the building and garage; and an expandable central energy plant to provide power to the facility.