Creative & visionary World renown in the field of healthcare architecture, HDR has worked in all 50 U.S. states and over 60 countries. Currently the firm is constructing worldâ€™s largest hospital in the United Arab Emirates.
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by Joel Cornell
Still working out of a single, expanding office in 1946, the company transformed as engineers Charles Durham and Willard Richardson bought equal shares in the company and became vice president and secretary-treasurer, respectively. Soon after, Henningson retired and left Durham and Richardson as president and vice president. In 1950, Henningson Engineering Company became Henningson, Durham and Richardson, Inc., or HDR. As recently as 2004, the company completed a total repurchase of company stock and became entirely employee-owned. What constitutes HDR, Inc today is a massive design force that is remodeling engineering as we know it. “The biggest challenge we face as a nation is funding our infrastructure, which is aging across the board” said current company Chairman and CEO, Richard Bell. “As a society, we have to commit to rebuilding that infrastructure. We can’t save ourselves into prosperity. We have to balance our priorities and find solutions to our infrastructure problems, in both the public and private sectors.” The sheer scope of HDR, Inc.’s capabilities is staggering. The teams at HDR, Inc. have become the specialists on civic, corporate, institutional and scientific architecture; all things energy, including oil, gas and renewable sources like hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, solar, etc; custom private design, planning and architecture for commercial and residential projects alike; water treatment facilities and wastewater plants; transportation projects via highways and local roads, freight rail, maritime and aviation; natural resource management; their resume is all-encompassing. One of HDR, Inc.’s most acclaimed specialties has been their work in healthcare design over the past half century. “Our work is informed by a single core philosophy,” said their company website, “to embrace the kind of forward-thinking leadership and expertise necessary to delivery facilities that are innovative, flexible, efficient and that support a healing, sensitive environment for patients, their families and the healthcare staff. We take seriously our role as one of the leading healthcare design firms in the world, and we realize that our leadership position carries with it responFall 2010 3
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partnering with faculty and students from all disciplines in both research and design is a mutually rewarding and invigorating endeavor. In this way, the profession becomes quite literally on the cutting edge of new ideas.
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sibility — a responsibility to serve not only as design innovators, but also a responsibility to take a visionary view of an industry that touches nearly every person from nearly every walk of life.” For seven consecutive years, Modern Healthcare has named HDR, Inc. as No. 1 in the United States in Healthcare Design. By 2009, the firm has worked with the world’s foremost medical centers and health systems to construct and design more than 26.3 million sq. ft. of healthcare related space and a comprehensive total budget of over $6.3 billion. From California to Ireland to the United Arab Emirates, HDR, Inc. is truly a leader in global healthcare design solutions. On Al Sowwah Island near the heart of Abu Dhabi, UAE stands the Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi Hospital. The Cleveland Clinic is, like HDR, Inc., in a class of its own. Over the past 15 years, the Cleveland Clinic has been ranked No. 1 in the United States for cardiac care. The Cleveland Clinic has partnered with Mubadala Healthcare, a division of the Mubadala Development Company, on the 2.3 million sq. ft. project. The Mubadala Development Company has a long and prestigious history of investing in infrastructure and well being of the UAE. It’s only practical that a design firm of the caliber of HDR, Inc. would head up the planning and project management efforts for the hospital. The Cleveland Clinic in Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open this year, will be designed to offer the region’s most advanced medical services, specifically to cater to the needs of the region. As Abu Dhabi is a major tourist and business destination, much of the facility is designed for patients just passing through the area, for medical and non-medical reasons alike. Stateside, at the University of Colorado in Aurora,
HDR, Inc. has been a key player in the expansion of the on campus medical facilities. The project has been in staggered development over four phases since 2000, allowing treatment and education to continue during new construction and renovation. When the complex is completed in 2011, it will feature over 2 million sq. ft. of space for some of the country’s top healthcare facilities. The hospital will feature a complex of connecting gardens that join the Inpatient and Outpatient facilities, with landscaping and waterway design that will change as the seasons do. The sustainable design features that are being implemented in the project are astounding. HDR, Inc.’s design tackles energy and sustainability issues ranging from indoor air quality and energy usage to increasing daylighting and introducing reliable, alternative energy systems into the hospital’s power grid. Introduced in the fall 2008 semester, HDR, Inc. began sponsorship of a Graduate Program in Healthcare Design in the College of Architecture at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). “Our goal with creating this [program] was to demonstrate the power of collaboration between education and the architectural profession,” said Doug Wignall, director of HDR, Inc.’s Healthcare program. “Through this experience, we found that partnering with faculty and students from all disciplines in both research and design is a mutually rewarding and invigorating endeavor. In this way, the profession becomes quite literally on the cutting edge of new ideas.” Through their scope, size and dedication to thoughtful, innovative design, HDR, Inc. maintains itself among the premier design firms in the world, with a firm grasp on new, efficient and long-lasting healthcare design.
THIS PAGE & PREVIOUS: Cleveland Clinic Hospital, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. This 2.3 million sq. ft. hospital is currently under construction. Located on Al Sowah Island near the heart of the city will offer advanced medical technologies, high performance facility design and unprecedented levels of patient centered care. A village concept theme helps establish a new sense of community, with a center piece building that provides a gathering place and smaller surrounding structures that house medical specializations. BOTTOM TWO: University of Colorado Anshutz Hospital. Multi-stage build out. Started in 2000. Will be about 2 million sq. ft. when completed in 2013. All photos courtesy of HDR
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