Project's Summary

Queen of the Valley Medical Center's Herman Family Pavilion: A State-of-the-Art Facility for High-Acuity Care

The Herman Family Pavilion is a recent addition to the Queen of the Valley Medical Center, designed to provide advanced diagnostic and surgical services for patients requiring high-acuity and trauma-level care. This state-of-the-art facility adds critical care patient beds to two units, replaces the existing surgery department, central sterile processing, clinical lab, and pathology service, and provides stand-alone building systems supporting the spaces.

The 20-bed ICU, Smart and Hybrid operating rooms surgical unit, and support service programs consolidate QVMC's critical functions into a single facility. The hospital's administration commissioned CO Architects, a renowned architectural studio, to design the pavilion using a BIM-enabled Lean form of delivery. This approach involved the design team and construction trades jointly completing Phased Plan Review OSHPD approvals via "design-assist" and "design-build" formats, ensuring the project was completed in a timely and efficient manner.

Smart and Hybrid Operating Rooms: A Game-Changer for Surgical Procedures

The Smart and Hybrid operating rooms in the Herman Family Pavilion are a game-changer for surgical procedures, providing surgeons with cutting-edge technology and advanced medical equipment to perform complex surgeries with precision and accuracy. The Smart ORs are equipped with integrated imaging equipment, surgical robots, and other advanced tools that allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures with greater ease and efficiency. The Hybrid ORs, on the other hand, are designed to handle more complex and high-risk procedures, such as neurological and cardiovascular surgeries, and are equipped with advanced imaging and surgical equipment that enable surgeons to perform open and minimally invasive procedures in the same room.

Sustainability at the Heart of the Herman Family Pavilion

Sustainability was at the heart of the Herman Family Pavilion project, and the hospital's administration was committed to achieving LEED Gold certification for the facility. The pavilion incorporates several sustainable features, such as energy-efficient lighting, mechanical, and plumbing systems, a green roof, and a rainwater harvesting system. These features not only reduce the building's carbon footprint but also improve indoor air quality, reduce water consumption, and minimize waste generation.


The Herman Family Pavilion at the Queen of the Valley Medical Center is a testament to the hospital's commitment to providing its patients with the best possible care in a state-of-the-art facility. The pavilion's advanced diagnostic and surgical services, Smart and Hybrid operating rooms, and sustainable features have set a new standard for high-acuity care in the region. The hospital's administration, together with CO Architects, has created a facility that not only meets the needs of its patients but also promotes sustainability and environmental responsibility.

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