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ICU Design Citation

Applications are due September 1, 2020.
Application Requirements

  • Payment of a $250.00 application fee
  • Submit the following materials. All materials must be de-identified (blinded).
    • Completed release statement
    • Fact sheet
    • One-page list of the unique or innovative features of the unit and how they meet the selection criteria
    • Architectural floor plan of the unit alone drawn to scale, with rooms labeled according to function
    • Architectural floor plan of a typical patient room layout (outside of room and interior), complete with furnishings and equipment
    • Block building floor plan depicting access to the unit and how it relates to other services
    • The only physical drawings that are considered are those listed above. Do not send mechanical, electrical, plumbing, or other blueprints.
    • Digital architectural drawing (.dwg format) of the unit alone, drawn to full scale, with rooms labeled in English according to function (Do not include institution’s name.)
    • Image (.jpg format) of a typical patient room, complete with furnishings (include outside of room and interior)
    • Provide link to download a four- to seven-minute professional-quality video tour of the unit in either full or compact size (.mp4 format). Do not send a CD, DVD, or flash drive. The video must contain narration describing functionality. For judging purposes, the institution and unit must remain anonymous. We recommend that the video showcase the entire unit; for example, patient rooms, staff work areas, amenities for families, etc., and depict real patient situations or activities. We also recommend emphasizing explanations of unique uses and design features and avoiding describing the obvious, common features or manufactured equipment items. All the judges are familiar with standard unit usage, equipment, and structure.
      • Video requirements:
        • Format: .mp4
        • Resolution: 1280 x 720 pixels
        • File size: not greater than 100 MB
Criteria and Notification
Sponsored by the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the American Association of Critical-Care Nurses and the American Institute of Architects Academy on Architecture for Health​, the ICU Design Citation is awarded to the entry that best resolves both functional and humanitarian issues in a unique and complementary manner. The focus is on planning and design characteristics rather than process or administrative features. Units are reviewed in a blinded fashion according to the following criteria:
  • Demonstrates commitment to creating a healing environment
  • Demonstrates commitment to promoting safety and security
  • Demonstrates commitment to efficiency
  • Demonstrates attention to innovative, unique aesthetic and creative design features
  • The patient bedside area, overall units design, integration of technology, staff and support areas, and family waiting areas are also assessed.

The awardee is notified in November.​
Questions related to this award may be directed to Carol Prendergast