The hospital’s construction team is hoping an international design
publication will agree their project is deserving of recognition.
Sletten Construction Project Manager Dustin Keyes recently submitted Humboldt
General Hospital's latest building project in the Engineering News
Record Best Projects of 2016 for the healthcare sector.
Keyes put the application together with help from CTA Architect Lindsay
Erb and HGH Owner Rep Mike Sheppard.
The project, which includes a new memory care facility, centralized rural
clinics space and expansions to the OB, ER and OR departments, will be
judged by a panel of judges using five criteria including safety, innovation
and contribution to the industry/community, construction quality and craftsmanship,
and functionality of design and aesthetic quality.
The team also had to address how they have overcome challenges. Keyes said
this criterion was likely the hallmark of the project since constructing
around a functioning hospital on a confined block of property surrounded
by active surface streets was very difficult.
Additionally, Keyes said bringing an older hospital into compliance with
the latest building standards required a great deal of thought, planning
and work—not to mention concerns with patient and staff safety,
infection control issues, and other more minor issues like keeping noise
“Those have been very real challenges,” said Keyes, “and
I know that without total buy-in from our team, the architects, hospital
administration, staff and the public’s patience and cooperation,
we could not have been successful.”
Keyes said another element of the competition, teamwork, also came into
play during the design project.
“I know I can speak for our company and CTA Architects in stating
that the whole design process was driven from the ground up by the people
who would actually work in these new spaces,” he said.
“On a typical project, the architect draws up the plans on what they
think the building should be and the construction begins. On this project,
the hospital staff worked closely with CTA to bring their ideas and needs
to the table, so there was a lot of innovation, safety addition, functionality
and aesthetic decisions that went into that. Certainly we can say that
this project was also about teamwork.”
Zach Lester, an architect with CTA Architects, highlighted some of the
notable features of the construction project, including the entire building’s
energy efficient design with regard to heating, cooling, insulation and
air and moisture barrier construction technology.
Lester said everything from interior finishes, air filtration and exchanges,
and access to fresh air and daylight, also contribute to a healthy building design.
There are some key safety features as well, including handrails and heated
sidewalks, entry ramp and stair improvements, adequate space for staff
to navigate equipment, and security features such as cameras and electronic
A parking garage also offers improved convenience and safety for the public
and staff through additional parking for accessibility and pedestrian safety.
“It’s a one-of-a-kind project that we are very proud of,”
said Keyes. “I think it’s something this community can be
very proud of.
In terms of innovation, functionality, sustainability and more, it’s
got it all—and that helps translate into great patient care.”
The winners will be honored at an awards ceremony later in the year and
will be featured in the regional editions of ENR. Projects deemed best
in category will automatically compete in the Best of the Best Projects
2016, a national juried competition appearing in ENR.