Oakland-based Kaiser Permanente named Aditazz, Mazzetti Nash Lipsey Burch and Perkins+Will as winners in its first-ever international “Small Hospital, Big Idea” competition.

The three teams were awarded from an initial pool of 108 entries. Participants in the competition were challenged to imagine a small-scale, forward-thinking health care facility that would combine the best of facility design, sustainability and modern technology, according to KP.

Last May, nine finalists were announced, including the three winners plus Ellerbe Becket; Gresham, Smith and Partners; HGA; Lee, Burkhart, Liu; SmithGroup; and Iceland-based TBL architects.

Judges included Clemson University architecture professor David Allison; Charles Siconolfi, director of health care planning and design for HOK; and Jeffrey D. Selberg, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Institute for Healthcare Improvement; along with leading Kaiser Permanente physicians, nurses, and architects.

Aditazz, San Bruno, Calif.; M+NLB, San Francisco; and Perkins+Will, New York/Los Angeles were selected for their designs that create spaces to inspire human-to-human connection and collaboration; include civic spaces that blur the boundaries between the community and the traditional hospital setting; bring nature inside with light-wells and rooms that are oriented around a large central courtyard, building on research that shows a positive correlation between exposure to nature and healing; move beyond carbon neutrality to restore ecosystems and biodiversity, and improve the conditions for community health; and make use of a unique tool that applies silicon-chip technology to the building and design process, enabling designers and frontline professionals to quickly explore an almost unlimited number of operational and space scenarios.

As winners, Aditazz, M+NLB and Perkins+Will are eligible to contract with Kaiser Permanente for a small hospital project. The new small hospital is tentatively planned for Southern California, and the model will be adapted for use in other markets as well.

Designs were judged on such factors as efficiency, including their sustainability features; innovation; life-cycle costs, incorporation of methods to improve health outcomes; flexibility; and environment of care, including how successfully the design integrates the hospital into the local community.