CannonDesign is proud to share the University of Minnesota Health, Clinics and Surgery Center has earned multiple honors in Fast Company’s annual Innovation by Design Awards. A breakthrough solution that incorporates consumer-facing design strategies, the Clinics & Surgery Center is a 2016 Finalist in both the Health and Spaces, Places and Cities categories of Fast Company’s annual awards.
This year’s Innovation by Design Awards welcomed more than 1,700 entries and recognized winners and finalists across 11 categories. The awarded projects represent what’s best about design today: Big ideas, meticulously thought-out details, and a clear viewpoint about how we live now – and how it could be better.
Below is FastCo’s write-up on the project. The publication also did an in-depth piece on the M Health Clinics and Surgery Center earlier this year: What health care designers can learn from the Apple Store.
Fast Company Innovation by Design Write-Up
The University of Minnesota Health, Clinics and Surgery Center offers five stories – 342,000 sf – of ultra-efficient, high-tech solutions for the often stressful, tedious experience of receiving medical care. Traditional floorplans and strategies were rethought with modern solutions. Like the Apple Store, the new Clinics & Surgery Center features no central check-in or reception; instead, guests are welcomed by roaming employees, who check them in on their smartphones. Instead of wasting space with often-vacant private offices, a series of rooms are open for reservation. Both staff and guests are given Wi-Fi-enabled badges that track their location and can page them no matter where they are in the facility, ensuring that no patient goes on waiting (and waiting and waiting) for too long.
This marks the second straight year CannonDesign has earned a Fast Company Innovation by Design award for its health efforts. In 2015, the Cedars Sinai OR 360 earned recognition as a finalist in the health category.