Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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mcdmag.com September/October 2014 | Medical Construction & Design 29 malls or movie theaters, but is starting to branch over into healthcare. Pediatric facilities are embracing more interactive art than any other type of healthcare building; this will become more popular once the cost of technology to provide interactive art decreases. Healthcare facilities are becoming larger and more complex. Wayfi nding is key, but loading a facility with institutional signs to help with wayfi nding can make it more confusing and less appealing to view. Interior designers are working with art consultants and artists to come up with solutions to use artwork or large- scale installations (i.e., sculptures, graph- ics, large canvas paintings, etc.) to create intuitive wayfi nding to lessen disorienta- tion. Art is an excellent way to soften the environment, delineate spaces and, with the right placement, improve wayfi nding. Art powerfully infl uences a sense of place and has the ability to transform and infuse an environment with beauty. In collaboration with modern technology and a cohesive design, artwork can pro- duce a strong impact, while creating an atmosphere that can improve conditions for patients and enhance their overall experience. ■ Dori Mommers, RID, AAHID, IIDA, has over 12 years of experience planning and design- ing healthcare interiors. In her role as a lead designer in the healthcare interiors group at RTKL Associates Inc., she works closely with the design and architectural team to plan and design facilities from the programming phase to project completion. Left: Incorporating historical photographs into a hospital provides a sense of community and pays homage to an area's history. Printing the image on stainless steel gives the photograph depth and dimension in a modern way. Below: Historic photos illustrate the hospital's connection to the surrounding community.

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