Posted: February 4, 2019

DesignGroup announces state-of-the-art 172,000-square-foot addition for Norton Brownsboro Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky

IMAGE CREDIT: Rendering courtesy of DesignGroup

Renovation and expansion of hospital, set to open in 2022, is designed to be a leading healthcare destination

Columbus, Ohio – Feb. 4, 2019 – DesignGroup of Columbus, Ohio, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is designing a new 172,000-square-foot tower for Norton Brownsboro Hospital and the renovation of 44,000 square feet in the existing facility. The major expansion and renovation project will cement Norton Brownsboro’s position as a leader in the healthcare sector while transforming Old Brownsboro Crossing, a mixed development epicenter of the Louisville community. Construction on the new tower is slated to be complete in the spring of 2020.

“Since opening in 2009, the hospital has experienced tremendous growth, exceeding expectations,” said Andy Strausbaugh, chief administrative officer at Norton Brownsboro Hospital. “In 2017 staff performed approximately 9,300 surgeries, saw about 90,000 outpatient visits and had over 9,800 inpatient admissions. This growth has led Norton Brownsboro Hospital to reach functional capacity and we are excited to work with DesignGroup to expand our facility to better serve our growing patient population.”

Hallmarks of the design include the reinforcement of one identifiable main entrance to the hospital, with clear secondary entry points for the emergency department, hospital staff and service vehicles; a cohesive wayfinding approach that reflects the open and inviting culture of Norton Brownsboro; and the reuse of signature detailing and design materials from the existing building to provide an effortless transition to the new tower and a complementary experience for patients and families. In addition, the flexible design plan allows for future capacity building and program changes over time.

“The new addition is designed to fit and function seamlessly with the existing hospital building and to provide a welcome beacon of hope for the region,” said Elliott Bonnie, DesignGroup director, Healthcare Studio leader and designer. “The entire project capitalizes on material and technological advancements, incorporating both throughout the patient-focused spaces in an accessible and comprehensive manner.”

Specifically, and most significantly, the new addition will house 70 new patients beds on the top three floors, bringing the total bed count for the hospital to 197. The third floor will add 22 new ICU beds and will align with the existing ICU to streamline care. The fourth and fifth floors will add 24 new medical/surgical beds to each floor.

The second floor will see the dramatic expansion of the surgery department in order to provide advanced care for the estimated 50% increase in surgeries expected within two years of the project’s completion. On the first floor, the emergency and vascular departments will be upgraded and diagnostic support enhanced. Lab capabilities and materials management processes will be expanded on the lowest level.

The expansion and restoration of the hospital is forecasted to bring more than 110 jobs to the Brownsboro area.

About DesignGroup

Founded in 1972, DesignGroup is an AIA Ohio Gold Medal architecture and design firm with offices in the Discovery District of downtown Columbus, Ohio and in the North Shore neighborhood of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The practice focuses on civic + cultural, education, library, healthcare and commercial projects. With numerous, award-winning projects located throughout the United States, DesignGroup’s work is unmistakable, with a balance of stunning contemporary architecture, thoughtful renovations and sustainable building practices. Civic responsibility is integral to DesignGroup’s philosophy; beyond bricks and mortar, the firm is deeply involved in community organizations and its design principals are recognized as thought leaders in design. Learn more at

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