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Tuesday, June 30, 2009

American British Cowdray (ABC) Neuroscience Center, Mexico City, Mexico

HKS awarded new neuroscience center in Mexico City
HKS was selected as design architect for the American British Cowdray (ABC) Neuroscience Center, which will offer patients a comprehensive, multi-disciplinary approach to caring for patients with severe neurological injuries.

The center is a 174,000 sq ft addition to the existing Santa Fe campus which includes the HKS-designed ABC Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Mexico City.

HKS Principal Bruce Johnson notes: “The center offers a full continuum of care under one roof – from emergency and surgery services to recovery patient beds to rehabilitation facilities.”

The center will offer healthcare services for severe neurological injuries including traumatic brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries, aneurysms, intracerebral hemorrhages, brain tumors, brain infections, epilepsy and neuromuscular emergencies. Orthopedic patients – ranging from injury to amputation – will also be served at the new facility.

The building, which complements the site, taking full advantage of the topography, includes seven levels with expansion capabilities for additional floors. “Incorporating similar existing campus materials – such as glass, stone and metal panels – the neuroscience center adapts creatively to produce a cohesive campus vernacular,” added Johnson.

In addition to the main entrance lobby, the ground floor houses physical and occupational therapy areas consisting of a therapy pool, whirlpool and exercise facilities. The first floor, which links to the existing hospital, is home to neuroscience physician offices. A neurological patient unit of 25 beds with reception, waiting, a multi-use communal room and larger transitional room is located on the second floor. The third level is home to orthopedic services. The building’s life-sustaining mechanical systems are located on the fourth floor. The fifth and sixth floors are shell spaces. The center is built to accommodate four additional stories.

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