Skyscrapers have long been a topic of fascination
and bragging rights in the office building industry. Now a
recent research project ranks the 75 tallest hospitals in the
world. Ranked by architectural height, Houston captured honors
with the world’s tallest hospital and the most hospitals of any
city to make the list.
The tallest hospital in the world is Memorial
Hermann Tower at 500 feet high. Houston ranked first with 12
hospitals, Chicago ranked second with six, and New York was
third with five among U.S. cities in the Top 75. Among the 10
tallest hospitals in the world, U.S. landed the most with five
hospitals, China was second with three hospitals, and the United
Kingdom and Brazil next with one each.
Tall hospitals come with their unique design
challenges, according to Doug King, principal at VOA Associates.
King presented at a recent seminar in Chicago focused on design,
vertical transportation and fire protection issues in high-rise
hospitals. The idea for research on high-rise healthcare came
from the president/CEO of Northwestern Memorial Hospital. He
asked King if a new Children’s Hospital in Chicago was the
tallest hospital in the world. Further research told him no, it
was only the tallest Children’s Hospital in the world.
Research was conducted by the Council on Tall
Buildings and Urban Habitat. King’s article and the Top 75 List
can be found in most recent edition of CTBUH Journal
(International Journal on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat)