Perspectus Architecture, in collaboration with Hasenstab Architects, designed a 7-story, 343,000 sf tower addition to Summa Health’s Akron Campus.
Designed as the new “front door” to Summa’s Akron campus, the aesthetic stems from two simple curved forms: a concave base, and a convex tower. The base is composed of glass curtainwall and terracotta masonry with a curve that responds to the new site and vehicular traffic. Situated slightly off-center of its base, the tower has a convex curve that provides a dramatic cantilever at the main entry and west elevation. An illuminated metal screen is attached to the western façade providing a beacon that is visible from Route 8.
The tower includes new facilities for Summa’s Women’s Health program, modern inpatient rooms and nursing units, expanded surgery capacity, breast center, and a multi-purpose conference center.
The new building has resulted in a comprehensive environment that supports a healthy community, reiterates Summa Health’s commitment to the city of Akron, and provides an exciting new perspective for Summa Health.