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Bayhealth Selects Team for $250 Million Health Campus Project

Tuesday, February 24, 2015 | Bayhealth Sussex Campus

Design firm selected for new health campus. Adaptive reuse experts chosen for the Clarke Avenue facility.

After a rigorous evaluation process, Bayhealth has selected CannonDesign as their lead architectural and engineering partner for the new health campus project in Milford.

Bayhealth is also pleased to announce that a firm has been chosen for the purpose of re-imagining the Clarke Avenue facility.  Bayhealth looks forward to sharing additional details about this firm once contract negotiations are completed. 

Bayhealth President and CEO Terry Murphy is pleased with the progress his team has made since the health campus project was first announced less than three months ago.

“Selecting these partners now is crucial so we can bring them in as early as possible and incorporate the impressive amount of input we have received since the announcement. In addition to our focus on the new health campus project, a top priority is to ensure the Clarke Avenue facility remains a community asset, so we’re pleased to have made progress on both fronts,” Murphy said.

The CannonDesign team will bring a strategic array of integrated services to the 165 acre health campus endeavor—covering planning, design, cost estimating and a wide range of engineering applications.

For Murphy and the rest of the health campus project team, the selection of CannonDesign meant finding a firm with a proven understanding of health care. “They needed to understand that Bayhealth was looking for more than just blueprints—we were looking for a design that builds a better patient experience,” explained Murphy.

“What impressed us most about CannonDesign was how they first work to understand the clinical process before beginning design. This true understanding of the clinical workflow improves efficiency and eliminates waste. The benefit is a better experience for our patients, their families, medical staff and employees,” Murphy added.

CannonDesign has locations and a healthcare portfolio that spans North America. They utilize experts from multiple disciplines, including health practitioners to develop solutions for healthcare providers like Bayhealth.

CannonDesign can expect a very collaborative process as part of the Bayhealth Campus Project Design Team. The first phase of the plan guides future expansions on the site—and unites the architect, contractor and Bayhealth in a delivery method that includes shared responsibility for deadlines. This approach greatly enhances project efficiency.

The health campus project is an innovative vision for community health and it captured the interest of many design and architectural firms. The health campus will include a state-of-the-art inpatient hospital and emergency department.  What makes it more than a hospital is the addition of vast outpatient services such as primary care and specialist physicians as well as diagnostic services—all conveniently wrapped in one easily accessible location.

In concert with their efforts toward the new health campus project, Bayhealth continues to engage state and local leaders to find the best reuse of the existing Clarke Avenue facility. The adaptive reuse firm will play a key role in this portion of the project, bringing detailed expertise and experience to re-imagining the current Milford Memorial Hospital location and giving the community a viable asset in downtown Milford.

As Murphy’s team prepares for community town hall meetings across the region, they are also getting impressive engagement through patient and employee feedback through platforms like the health campus project website at

Community involvement is exactly what Murphy and his team are looking for, as the pace of the project increases.

“We have been thrilled to see such active interest from our patients, doctors and friends across the community. People are excited and they are making their voices heard. We’re eager to bring everyone into this process and we’re looking forward to achieving new milestones as we drive forward to open the doors of the new health campus in 2018.”