The Global Center for Health Innovation, also known as the Medical Mart, was developed by Cuyahoga County and MMPI of Chicago as a world class facility combining permanent showrooms for major medical manufacturers and service providers along with convention facilities and meeting rooms. The $465 million project brings both buyers and sellers to downtown Cleveland with over 300 market events, tradeshows and conferences each year.
|LEAD ARchitect||LMN Architects|
|Precaster||Sidley Precast Group|
LMN Architects designed the Global Center to complement the historic context and surrounding area while highlighting the contemporary high-tech marketplace. They selected precast concrete for the exterior facade not only for its custom design capabilities, but also for its speed in manufacturing and installation. LMN worked closely with the precaster, Sidley Precast, to develop a facade that mimics the tone of limestone while offering fine details that would appear in various lighting conditions. Utilizing custom formliners from Architectural Polymers, the design is noted to resemble the twisting helices of a DNA molecule.
The Global Center for Health Innovation occupies 235,000 square feet adjacent to the Cleveland Convention Center with four floors featuring distinct medical themes. Each floor includes space that is rented by major medical manufactures. The first floor is the Patient Home floor where University Hospital, Cleveland Clinic and MetroHealth showcase current technologies for patient safety at home. The second floor is dedicated to People, Patients and Caregivers with GE Healthcare, Cardinal Health and Cisco. The third floor features Phillips Healthcare and Siemens with a focus on devices and technologies that enhance the clinical experience. The fourth floor is occupied by health IT group HIMSS who plans to use it as an interoperability testing center.