Allina Health Surgery Center

  • area / size 16,000 sqft
  • Completed 2022
  • Type Clinic,
  • BDH designed the Allina Health Surgery Center to evoke warmth and comfort for patients in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota.

    Allina Health and SCA Health formed a partnership to build a new ambulatory surgery center in the budding area of Brooklyn Park, Minnesota. The 16,000-square-foot surgery center is the first of many new ambulatory surgery centers that Allina Health and SCA Health intend on opening and operating as a joint venture over the next five years.

    Synergy Architecture Studio and BDH collaborated to design a patient-centered experience that aligned with Allina Health and SCA Health’s strategic goal of lowering the cost of care for patients while effectively responding to patient needs.

    Flexibility was a key component thoughtfully incorporated into the design solutions for this innovative surgery center. Prefabricated demountable walls were integrated throughout the ASC to maximize the potential for versatility and limit disruption that would accompany future modifications to the built environment.

    On top of being intentional about the adaptability of the space, the design team was thoughtful about creating a healing environment that promotes wellness and recovery. A soothing colorful concept inspired by the lake shores of Minnesota supports the well-being of the patients by invoking a sensory experience throughout the facility. The wall graphics and artwork were strategically placed to create a crescendo of color throughout the space. Warm tones of orange and brown generate positive energy and welcome patients into the lobby. In contrast, cool tones of green and blue promote healing in the recovery bays. Patients are exposed to warm color tones again as they depart the facility to inspire strength and resilience as they head home to restore their bodies.

    Additionally, patient rooms line the exterior perimeter of the building maximizing their exposure to natural light, which is proven to assist with healing. The glass fronts of the pre-op and post-op rooms also allow natural light to flow from the patient rooms into the nurse stations to simultaneously support the well-being of the staff.

    Ultimately, this ambulatory surgery center was thoughtfully designed to avoid feeling cold and intimidating and instead bring a calming and comfortable, high-quality surgical facility closer to patients’ homes.

    Design: BDH
    Architecture: Synergy Architecture Studio
    Contractor: Timco Construction
    Developer: Davis
    Art: Heather Novak-Peterson
    Furniture: Alternative Business Furniture
    Photography: Brandon Stengel | Farm Kid Studios