GraceHebert Architects selected to design Riverland Medical Center

GraceHebert Archtiects + Curtis Group Architects are excited to begin the design of the new critical access hospital for Concordia Parish.

The new hospital will deliver first-class healthcare to the residents of Concordia Parish marking a significant milestone within the community.

GraceHebert Architects + Curtis Group Architects have formed the best team for a successful project delivery. The architectural team is working together on the new West Feliciana Parish Critical Access Hospital which is currently under construction and expected to open April 2017. The design team has extensive healthcare design experience including rural hospital development.

Architects begin hospital design

Concordia Sentinel

November 23, 2016

Architect Adam Fishbein said he and his firm — GraceHebert Architect Partner — are looking forward to constructing a new hospital for Riverland Medical Center in Concordia Parish.

"We look at it as the next 50-year building," Fishbein said. "The new hospital is going to be a lot more consolidated than the current hospital. We want to make it more efficient for medical staff movement, patient movement and food staff movement. Right now it's a bit laborious. There are a lot of hallways and places to go and that's not very efficient."

Curtis Group Architecture is assisting with the design of the new state-of-the-art critical access replacement hospital.

Hospital officials are seeking USDA loans to fund the project.

GraceHebert Architects and Curtis Group Architects are presently working together on the new West Feliciana Parish Critical Access Hospital now under construction with a planned opening date of April 2017.

"We're making sure we're keeping with the contractual context of West Feliciana, and we're going to do the same thing in Concordia," Fishbein said. "It's very early, but right now we're going through programming and the process of making contact with everyone who is involved. We want to make sure on the square footage and how it will be serviced."

"We will offer services we're not able to offer now, such as diagnostics and outpatient services," said Riverland Administrator Billy Rucker.

“We could not be more pleased with our selection of architects for this essential community facility," said Riverland Board chairman Jim Graves. "This facility will be designed to ensure accessible and affordable health care services to parish residents for the next 50 years. It will not only provide state-of-the-art health care services to our parish, but will serve as an economic catalyst for jobs.”

The design team has extensive healthcare design experience including rural hospital development. Recently, GraceHebert Architects designed the Iberville Parish Hospital in Plaquemine, LA, which opened in 2015. Curtis Group Architects has designed more than 200 healthcare related projects across the United States.

“Our team is privileged to have been selected to work for the citizens of Concordia Parish," Fishbein said. "We will work diligently to bring a 21st century health care facility to your parish that will last for years to come. It is with great anticipation and excitement that we get this project started.”

With the architectural team in place, meetings have begun with key hospital personnel to commence the design process.

Construction is anticipated to begin in December of 2017 and will take approximately 18 months to complete, said Rucker, who said the hospital district would keep the public form on its progress.

By Joey Martin Sentinel Writer