Fast Company highlights resilient hospital design in Miami and Nantucket Island

Mount Sinai Medical Center
Mount Sinai Medical Center's Skolnick Surgical Tower and Hildebrandt Emergency Center

August 30, 2019

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A new article from Fast Company celebrates the resilient design of both Mount Sinai Medical Center's Skolnick Surgical Tower and Hildebrandt Emergency Center and Nantucket Cottage Hospital. The piece details each project’s unique climate challenges and resilient design features.

As the author indicates, “Hospitals have to be designed to ride out whatever a storm might throw at them—literally. The design of these ultra-durable buildings is becoming increasingly important as storms get stronger and more frequent, as climate change accelerates, global temperatures inch higher and sea levels rise. Critical pieces of infrastructure like hospitals have to plan for extremes, because what was once considered a storm that might happen once in 100 years is happening far more frequently—as often as once every few years."

Nantucket Cottage Hospital
Nantucket is 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod and only accessible by ferry or airplane. During severe storms, the island gets cut off from the mainland, and the hospital was designed to sustain operations on its own.
Mount Sinai Medical Center
Mount Sinai Medical Center's new Skolnick Surgical Tower and Hildebrandt Emergency Center in Miami Beach was designed to withstand hurricane-force winds up to 185 mph, 100-year floodwater levels and extended power outages.