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Beatrice Community Hospital, Beatrice, Neb.

Altus Architectural Studios Inc. was selected to work with Beatrice Community Hospital and Health Center to design a much needed replacement facility on a Greenfield site. The existing hospital was in a building that was costly to maintain and didn't fit the needs of the community they served. The hospital's overall look and feel was also lacking with deficiencies in patient bathrooms, public and private space, storage, area workflows, way finding and overall location, which presented challenges
in keeping physicians traveling or staying local along with a deteriorating hospital brand.


To solve these issues, the hospital board and administration purchased a 46-acre site in north Beatrice, adjacent to the main highway. Altus began by interviewing staff leadership and developing a program, visiting other existing facilities and discussing options with a select group of stakeholders. The result is a space plan that adds much needed efficiencies and provides public and private circulation, departmental adjacencies and family areas. The plan also takes into account future growth and expansion.

Beatrice 2

The hospital is currently under construction and will be completed in fall 2011. It is
designed around the patient with inviting and warm interior finishes which will help create
a high-end hospital feel. The exterior will be composed of 8,112 square feet of metal
panels in Antique Photograph from Metal Specialties Systems, brick and large expanses of
glass to allow for natural light in the lobby and circulation areas. The metal-clad entry canopy helps create a focal point for the facility, as well as a patient drop-off area. It was important
for the facility to convey the hospital's forward approach to health care, and the use
of metal panels will help establish a high-tech state-of-the-art brand for the facility.


Architect: Altus Architectural Studios Inc.,
Omaha, Neb.
Supplier/installer: City Glass Co.,
Metal wall panels: Metal Specialties Systems,
Lakeville, Minn