Hospital Design Awards How To Enter

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Entries are required to be submitted online via our Entry Form and include the following components:

  • Entry Form questionnaire. (Please plan up to allocate a minimum of 30 minutes to enter.)
  • Upload photos (maximum of 12), a 30-second video, and site/floor plans
  • Digitally sign entry form attesting to the validity and accuracy of your entry.
  • Digitally sign media release agreement.

Entries must be submitted no later than May 15, 2022, so don't delay! Putting together your entry can take time, so be sure to provide all requested information as required below. (Also check out this list of common mistakes people make when compiling their entry.)


Photo Criteria:

Each entry must include a complete color photo “tour” of your hospital’s interior and exterior. Judges rely heavily on photos that show the features you consider unique and important, and how the hospital enhances the efficiency of the team and the clients’ experience.

Photos must be at least 5”x 7” at 300 dpi. We strongly recommend using a professional photographer and including staff members or clients in pictures. At least one photo of each of the following (if applicable) is required:

  • Each side of the facility exterior
  • Reception area
  • A typical exam room
  • Surgery
  • Laboratory
  • Pharmacy
  • Treatment area
  • Boarding
  • Isolation
  • Animal housing (indoor and outdoor)
  • Specialty rooms (dental, grooming, behavior, euthanasia, consultation, exotics, etc.)
  • Radiology
  • Staff lounge
  • Retail area
  • Exterior signage
  • Other interesting or unique features

Image files should be named using the following naming convention: “HospitalName_RoomType#”—for example, MiddleviewVeterinaryClinic_Surgery1, MiddleviewVeterinaryClinic_Surgery2. (If there are multiple views of the same room or area, please number the files accordingly.)

For animal shelters submitting, please limit interior photos to the veterinary areas of the facility.

Along with the entry form answers and the photos, you will also be required to provide a site plan for the hospital and floor plan(s).Please work with your architect on these diagrams.

Video Criteria:

Although not required, we highly recommended that you also submit a ~30-second video to introduce your project in addition to the photo submission.This is a great opportunity to showcase and tour of your hospital design project. Be creative and have fun.(Professional videography not required—a smart phone works great)

Entry Form Questionnaire Criteria:

Please prepare ahead to answer the following questionnaire and allocate a minimum of 30 minutes to submit the Entry Form.


  • Practice/Facility Name
  • Address
  • Phone
  • Practice Email
  • Practice Web Address
  • Project Completion Date (When building was occupied, and construction warranty began)
  • Practice Type (ex. GP, ER, Specialty…)
  • Business Type (ex. sole owner, partnership, corporation…)
  • Name(s) of Owner(s) – create label text in parenthesis below to indicate to include a comma in between first and last names
  • Number of full-time veterinarians on staff
  • Number of part-time veterinarians on staff
  • Number of full-time non-veterinarians on staff
  • Number of part-time non-veterinarians on staff
  • Primary Architect
  • Secondary or Consulting Architect (if applicable)
  • Name and Location (city, state) of General Contractor
  • Photographer Name
  • Is this photographer a professional?
  • Building project type (ex. renovation, addition, new build…)
  • Total acreage or square footage of site
  • Total square footage of floor plan
  • Number of exam rooms
  • Building cost including site development
  • (Exclude - land purchase and soft costs, including fees, furnishings, and equipment)
  • Cost per square foot
  • (Divide number above by square footage of the floor plan)
  • Professional Fees
  • (Architect, surveyor, attorney, accountant, lender, etc.)
  • Cost of furnishings and equipment
  • (Chairs, desks, artwork, retail displays, cages, runs, surgery and treatment tables, imaging equipment, etc.)
  • Provide information on any unexpected additional fees


  • What were your overall design expectations and goals?
  • How did these objectives and goals reflect your practice philosophy?
  • Please describe any hurdles you encountered during design or construction and the solutions you developed.
  • Tell us what makes your hospital special or unique.
  • Describe the neighborhood your hospital is located in. Describe how your hospital fits in with the character of your neighborhood.
  • Did you experience any zoning problems?If so, how did you resolve them?
  • What provisions, if any, did you make for future expansion?
  • Please provide an overview of the materials used in each of the categories. Note variations from room to room if applicable.
  • Flooring/flooring base
  • Walls
  • Ceilings
  • Counters/work surfaces
  • Special features
  • Other (please specify)


  • How is noise controlled within the hospital?
  • How is surgery designed to support sterile procedures?
  • How is inventory controlled within the hospital?
  • Explain how you isolate animals to prevent the spread of infectious disease and any mechanical systems used for this purpose.
  • Describe the heating and cooling systems within the hospital and ventilation methods in animal housing and holding areas.


  • If you could change one thing about your facility, what would it be?
  • What advice would you share with others considering building a hospital?
  • Have you attended the Hospital Design 360 Conference?If yes, please describe anything you learned from this conference that helped with the design and construction process.
  • What other resources did you use as you were planning to build your hospital?
  • Please share anything else you would like us to know about your hospital.

Upload Documents

  • Photos (maximum of 12)
  • Video (maximum of 1)
  • Site and Floor Plan


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