Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2015

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Places for refl ection Where possible, there should be areas of the garden that can accommodate quiet refl ection, small group activities or consultation. These areas would include seating in multiple forms — walls, tables and chairs or benches — and in many places. Moveable furniture allows people to confi gure their own arrangements. The labyrinth and the grotto gardens at Upper Chesapeake are perhaps the most private, each with its own small loop path, and only one connection to the rest of the garden. While each garden space may have its own defi ned area, maintaining vis- ibility across the entire landscape is important to the overall design so visi- tors remain connected to the garden as a whole, and do not feel isolated or alone. Plant material Plants in healthcare gardens should be chosen to create a palette of material that of ers interest during all four seasons of the year — highlighting colors, textures, patterns and scents. While each garden area may have a special focus, the over- all planting design includes plants used throughout all areas, to give a balanced and harmonious character. Where space allows, an open lawn provides a visually calming expanse of green, but is also avail- able for special or programmed events. Much of the plant material at the Kaufman Center is raised in planters — this allows more soil to be available to plants (roof garden condition has limited depth of soil), but also puts a wide vari- ety of plants at eye level. This results in a greater sense of privacy when people are seated, or from the inside spaces. Special attention was also paid to include plant pollinators that will attract birds and butterfl ies. The ability to observe the natural activities of this ordinary wildlife is an important reference to the larger landscape — a rhythm of nature that suggests a larger experience than the daily regimen of treatment and disease. Seasonal change is also a way to mark time. Patients are able to see the phases of their treat- ment through the lens of a natural year — a progression familiar and predictable — at a time when uncertainty may seem the norm. Today's cancer center gardens should demonstrate the new attention to cancer care environments that extend beyond treatment areas and support patients, families and staf in holistic ways. With proper planning and design, the gar- den reinforces the hospital's mission and enriches the treatment experience for the entire hospital community. Lydia Kimball, PLA, LEED AP BD&C, is a principal with Mahan Rykiel Associates, Land- scape Architects in Baltimore, Maryland. At the Baltimore Washington Medical Center Tate Cancer Center Garden, a terraced water feature serves as an outdoor diversion for patients. Engineered Plumbing Products for the Healthcare Sector Specify Just for your next project with our complete BIM file access. Register today at Surgical Suite Scrub Sinks Over 24 model models in single, double and triple ƐƚĂƟŽŶ Sensor and Knee operated versions Available in 16 gauge type 304 stainless steel and Copper NickelĂŶƟŵŝĐƌŽďŝĂůƐƵƌĨĂĐĞǀĞƌƐŝŽŶƐ ŽŵƉůĞƚĞůLJƉƌĞƉŝƉĞĚĨŽƌƉƌŽďůĞŵĨƌĞĞŝŶƐƚĂůůƐ 12 gauge integral wall brackets Unique features: ^ĞŶƐŽƌĨĂƵĐĞƚďĂƩĞƌŝĞƐĂŶĚƐŽůĞŶŽŝĚŝƐĐŽŵƉůĞƚĞůLJ ƐĞƌǀŝĐĞĂďůĞĨƌŽŵƚŚĞĚĞĐŬ Manual temperature override adjustment tĂƐŚĐLJĐůĞƟŵĞƌ ǁǁǁũƵƐƚŵĨŐĐŽŵŚĞĂůƚŚĐĂƌĞƐŝŶŬƐ MOB Handwash Sink Cu-35929-14-S Visit us at ASHE/PDC booth #309 MCDM AG.COM | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2015 | Medical Construction & Design 45

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