Froedtert Hospital & The Medical College of Wisconsin, North Tower

Research Drives Efficient Surgical Unit Design

For the 36,000 square-foot, 24-bed decentralized Medical Surgical Unit Build-out on the seventh and eighth floors of the North Tower (above), the research team used a series of Lean tools that included critical-to-quality prioritization, peer-to-peer interviewing, staff and patient interviews, space-adjacency diagramming with user groups, and staff shadowing. From this data-driven process, research results guided design decisions.

As follow-up, the team used the same pre-design research tools at three-month, eight-month, and 12-month post-occupancy to confirm pre-planning predictions.


Milwaukee, WI

Building Type



36,000 SF

  • 2018 Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Awards Gold Level Award
  • 2017 Evidence-Based Design Touchstone Awards Silver Level Award

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