Holy Cross Health


Holy Cross Germantown Hospital

“The passion, creativity and raw effort you brought to this project were integral to our success in moving this project from concept to reality.”

—Annice Cody, Chief Strategy Officer, Holy Cross Health


SmithGroupJJR’s creative and efficient design helped Holy Cross Health win regulatory approval to build Montgomery County’s first new hospital in 35 years. The 93-bed acute care facility brings much-needed services to a rapidly growing and aging population.

Design objectives included minimizing impact on the site and preserving its natural beauty. SmithGroupJJR's solution leverages that beauty for healing. Bronze-painted metal canopies complement the nearby vegetation and create an inspiring arrival experience for patients, while a healing garden of drought-tolerant native plantings blends with the landscape and provides space for contemplation.

Because daylight contributes to the healing process, thoughtful placement of exterior glazing—low-E coatings with a light green tint—allows for energy-efficient penetration of healthy natural daylight. Other elements contributing to an atmosphere of healing include programmed illumination, soothing interior finishes and integrated artwork. These decisions had other benefits as well, helping the project achieve LEED-Gold certification from the U.S. Green Building Council—now one of only a handful of hospitals to obtain this level of sustainability.

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