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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26 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 Today's trends in healthcare art By Dori Mommers I n today's healthcare market, hospitals are designed with a contemporary way of thinking and state-of- the-art technology. Facilities are reaching beyond the ordinary to create soothing, healing environments for patients, families and staff. Artwork can help create that impact and provide a sense of wellness and comfort. In the past, artwork in a hospital seemed to be an afterthought and not considered a priority in the overall design. This has signifi cantly changed over the last decade. Today, more hospitals are realizing artwork has an immeasurable impact on the healing process. Not what it used to be Hiring a healthcare art consultant is becoming more of a necessity in the design process. Clients are realizing the time and effort it takes to put together a well-thought- out art program that coordinates with the interior design. Hospitals are investing in a comprehensive art collection, not just in the public spaces or waiting areas, but in all areas of the hospital, including staff spaces. On a recent project, an art consultant worked closely early on with the project team to help complete the vision of the client by incorporating a vibrant arts program into the building design. A $1.2-million budget was set aside to create three phases of the project – design enhancements, positive Creating distractions "Life in Light" created by Cathy Cunningham-Little is composed of 4,000 dichroic-laminated glass squares suspended in mid air. The design is based on the intertwining strands of the double helix: DNA as the building blocks to life, emblematic of life's beginnings. GLASS: MICHAEL CAGLE; PLEXIGLASS: CHARLES DAVIS SMITH, AIA; SUNSCREEN: DROR BALDINGER, AIA

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