Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2017

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36 Medical Construction & Design | SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2017 | MCDM AG.COM For children's facilities and those with frail patients, it is even more critical to ensure plants do not attract bees or contain allergens. A variety of planting bed heights gives patients and visi- tors easy access to nature from seated or standing positions and provides a variegated landscape. Gardens at ground level can incorporate a wider variety of plants than rooftop gardens. In all cases, specify- ing native grasses and fl owers is recommended, as well as a drip irrigation system to reduce maintenance. Privacy and shade drive some plant selections, as in the use of bamboo for privacy screening. Trellises and shade structures can be incorpo- rated as part of the landscape design. Movable structures create the most fl exibility for diff erent garden programs. In every instance, once a planting list is developed, hospital staff must review and approve the fi nal selection. Rooms with a view To deliver on a therapeutic garden's promise, both line of sight and light are essential components. Light both within and from the garden optimizes its therapeutic benefi ts. Built- in transparency can illuminate nearby hospital settings and make the garden feel acces- sible even from a distance. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in Monmouth, New Jersey — an adaptive reuse of a 1980s of- fi ce building — off ers patients From top: A ballast roof transformed into a safe place for young patients and families to go outside and enjoy nature. This water feature with a quote creates a sense of a babbling brook but at the same time is designed to minimize infection. During visioning sessions, children and families indicated that water was an important feature in the garden. State of Sustainability ISSUE FOCUS

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