Neuroscience Center & Parking Ramp
Saint Paul, Minn.
The new HealthPartners Neuroscience Center is the largest freestanding neuroscience facility in the Upper Midwest, combining laboratories for clinical research and trials with nationally recognized programs for a variety of neurological disorders. Working together, BWBR and HealthPartners selected a site that affords high visibility and transparency, both into and out of the facility, to effectively remove the mysteries that surround neurological treatment.
Challenged by cognitive/memory issues as well as physical abilities, this unique patient population’s needs drove the Center and parking ramp’s design. Oversized environmental graphic elements and textured walls — easier to remember than numbers — assist patients and families in navigating the facilities.
The four-tier open parking structure features 642 stalls to serve both staff and patients at the adjacent, connected Neuroscience Center. With high visibility from a major freeway, the campus and ramp feature a bright and welcoming exterior designed to enhance its prominence. The parking ramp is integrated to unobtrusively complement the building’s aesthetics so it doesn’t “feel” like a ramp. It is designed to accommodate an additional level in the future.
Size: 232,454 sq. ft., four-tier open parking structure with 642 stalls
Components: Parking for health care; integrated branding; diverse and high volume of people; easy wayfinding; access to green space; designed for future expansion
Pete Smith (retired)
Jim Davy (retired)
Brad Fitzsimmons (retired)