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Outside entrance to Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Emergency Department. Overhang at entry illuminated with recessed light bars
Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Emergency Department

Simplifying Emergency Care Delivery


Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Project Location

Brunswick, OH


39,500 SF

Project Type

Outpatient, emergency

The two-story emergency department addition was seamlessly connected to the Cleveland Clinic Brunswick Family Health Center with minimal disruption of operations in the occupied building. The corner connection created a convenient public drop off and parking area for the new emergency department. The first story features a processing lab and an imaging department to service the expansion. The design employs the use of a four-bed “split flow” for non-emergent patients, and 12 exam rooms configured around a central core that serves as a multidisciplinary workstation for clinical staff.

The serene and healing environment promotes ease of wayfinding with the poetic illumination of light from ample floor-to-floor glazing. Simplicity of composition and aesthetic create an experience of visual and emotional tranquility, which is often lacking at an emergency department. The thoughtful design solutions and implementation contributed to the project’s LEED for Healthcare Silver certification. Brunswick Emergency Department received a National AIA Healthcare Design Award and has been the subject of speaking engagements presented by 91Ʋ, including a seminar on emergency healthcare.


2014 Honor Award

AIA Ohio

2014 Honor Award

AIA Cleveland

2015 National AIA Healthcare Design Award

AIA Academy of Architecture for Health

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