KIMMERLE’S HEALTH CARE STUDIO
Through its full-service Health Care Studio, Kimmerle Group is generating a strong and lasting
impact both on the way healthcare facilities are being designed and on the users themselves—staff
and patients. With a heavy focus on evidence-based design, the Kimmerle’s Health Care Studio is
led by veteran healthcare architect and managing director Michael Azarian. The firm is commit-
ted to developing healthcare environments that are designed with research and evidence as the
basis. Evidence-based design is especially significant when addressing healthcare, as its impact has
a direct effect on both healthcare staff and more importantly, on the patients themselves.
In addition, lean architecture and sustainability are two additional core values that the firm is
bringing to each and every project they develop within the healthcare industry. Following key
green architecture principles along with a commitment to LEED certification pushes the health-
care architecture industry forward, making sure that health environments are also reflecting green
and healthy architecture standards. With many of the group’s project
sites impacting the urban and suburban landscape, Kimmerle Group
brings strong urban planning experience to the design of each project
so as to achieve the best fit on and at each site’s interfaces.
Other key leaders of the Healthcare Studio team are Kimmerle’s
founding president and partner, George Kimmerle; principal William
Kimmerle; Paul Newmann, VP and partner; and Cindy Xin Cui, partner.
Overall, the group is making an impact on the sector through the appli-
cation of principles that will move the industry’s standards forward.
Kimmerle believes the environment plays an integral role in the healing
of the mind, body, and spirit. Its healthcare work is ultimately based on
the concept of a healing environment promoting a ‘Culture of Health’.
Applying a higher level of standards in the healthcare architecture
industry will benefit all patients, which is the firm’s ultimate goal.
From a geographical standpoint, the Studio’s biggest impact is in
New York and New Jersey, where it has relationships with several
healthcare systems throughout the metropolitan area. It plans further expansion throughout New England, Pennsylvania, Connecticut
and Rhode Island.
Kimmerle Health Care Studio’s main accomplishment has been to
bring to its clients a broad understanding of the off-campus healthcare
system and the ability to provide a series of different yet related services all under one platform. Among its recent endeavors is its work on
Maimonides Hospital in Brooklyn, NY. The company developed a master plan alongside a 150,000-square-foot MOB for complete ambulatory care and a 225-unit resident housing complex with 225 subgrade
parking spaces. The project included multiple components and
expansions. And in Livingston, NJ, Kimmerle worked on Summit
Medical Group’s ambulatory care facility. The 52,000-square-foot project contained such services as OB/GYN, pulmonology,
cardiology, surgery, urgent care, neurological testing, family medicine and internal medicine. Both of these projects were
notable for the high degree of flexibility and lean design principles built into the infrastructure and planning respectively.
Cindy Xin Cui
George Kimmerle Paul Newmann
Of the firm’s recent accomplishments has been Drexel Town Square Health Center in Oak Creek, WI.
Developed on behalf of Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin in 2017, Froedtert Health and the
Medical College of Wisconsin wanted to enhance its presence in South Milwaukee by creating a destination
medical facility. As the hospital’s development partner, HSA PrimeCare worked alongside Froedtert to plan
and develop the state-of-the-art health center. HSA identified a site that met the needs of the client; however,
parking challenges that could only be resolved with an on-site parking structure made the project economically unfeasible without further discussions with local officials. The firm worked with the City of Oak Creek
to secure a tax-increment financing and state grant package that made the parking structure—and the over-Thanks to HSA PrimeCare’s expertise, the project—completed in late 2017—not only overcame challenges but delivered within budget and on schedule. Today, it’s a model for how multi-specialty facilities can
be designed to provide best-in-class care enhanced through thoughtful design and technology applications.