Orange City Area Health System

Orange City, Iowa


Located in rural northwest Iowa, Orange City Hospital draws inspiration from its pastoral 37-acre setting. The 125,000-square-foot, two-level replacement hospital and clinic include acute care functions and outpatient clinic functions.

Interior architecture alludes to the rural setting with a curving, cultured-stone wall, wooden ceilings, metal paneling and glass expanses. Public spaces cluster around perimeter windows as the central corridor frames views of the landscape. Clear wayfinding follows the main entry lobby along the single public concourse. A centrally located chapel, reflecting the community's Dutch heritage, includes a spiraling plaster wall and skylight to create a powerful yet inclusive spiritual statement.

lighting design

HGA integrated energy-efficient lighting throughout to reveal rich materials, textures, and colors. In the lobby, for instance, a stone wall and wood ceiling glow with warm light. Downlight and uplight enhance the rough-stone wall and water feature. Chapel lighting further emphasizes the expressions of pure architectural forms. Corridor lighting creates a non-institutional experience, while wood finishes and wall sconces emphasize a homelike setting in the patient rooms. At night, the building is a glowing beacon on the prairie.

It's a perfect fit for that region. The stone and the natural materials and the use of natural light really create a message of warmth and healing.
National AIA/Modern Healthcare Awards Jury