Health & Wellness

UnityPoint Health Finley Hospital

Dubuque, IA

The Grandview expansion of Finley Hospital created a state-of-the-art heart clinic, surgery department, sterile processing department and emergency department. INVISION worked with the owner and users to right-size the addition and deliver a template for future growth. With a large facility, and varying floor heights throughout, patient wayfinding and healthcare staff efficiency were also high priorities.

In addition to text-based signage, INVISION chose natural materials to provide an effective visual cue that is both calming and relaxing. The design team strategically placed the new surgery area to allow natural light into the hallways, promoting positive patient mindset. 

The continuous glass belt-line allows for one-way patient views and defines the material transition on the exterior, from the brick base to the floating stone volume above. A modified use of existing exterior materials updated the face of the building, while also harmonizing with the surrounding hospital and medical office buildings. The network of parking lots and a soft space” buffer zone folded in-between the adjacent buildings and the addition gives flexibility and relief from the dramatic variation in the terrain.

Maggie Watkins
Associate, Architect

In true collaborative form, the entire team played a significant role in this project. With the owner’s solid knowledge and experience in planning and construction, our decision making process progressed efficiently allowing us to maintain the schedule for move-in. Throughout the process, communication among the construction manager, owner and design team flowed freely as we continued to build a stronger relationship.