Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2017

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MCDM AG.COM | SEPTEMBER /OCTOBER 2017 | Medical Construction & Design 37 plentiful natural light and pan- oramic views to the outdoors, as well as a large, day-lit courtyard that fi lls the hospital core with natural light. In another thera- peutic landscape, the healing garden at Valley Health's Cancer Center in Winchester, Virginia becomes an extension of the light-fi lled central waiting/activ- ity area, and features an interior green wall at the entry. Gardens are frequently meant to be appreciated on a level with their plantings. In healthcare settings, severely ill patients may not be able to access the garden directly, so views from patient rooms and treatment areas are also essential. This becomes even more critical for patients facing longer stays. At the Valley Health Cancer Center, infusion bays are located adjacent to the healing garden, with views through the garden to a small pond. Memorial Sloan Kettering takes a similar approach, where views of the abundant natural landscape surround the upper level infusion bays. At Lucile Packard, the design team worked out an innovative strategy to bring plants to the patient rooms by designing a balcony that, in essence, is a large planter box. Family areas on upper fl oors are envisioned as treehouses overlooking the main garden. Plants are in the direct line of sight from any aspect of patient rooms. An exterior catwalk allows for maintenance without disturbing patients. At Children's National in Washington, the rooftop garden had to be a visual delight for pa- tients looking down from rooms from higher fl oors. With this in mind, the design highlights garden elements with a playful LED lighting scheme outlining the curves of the walls, benches and fountain and provides a dramatic change from the previ- ous view of the utilitarian ballast roof. A healing garden embodies a healthcare facility's mission to serve patients and their families. They can also provide a place of respite for staff . Their widespread implementation underscores concepts of creating facilities that inspire healthy liv- ing. Each healthcare setting has a unique opportunity to provide access to nature throughout the facility and craft a link between health and healing. Diana Horvat, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP, is a principal at Perkins+Will. Tatiana Escobar, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is senior project architect, associate principal at Perkins+Will. Duro-Last ® ; the most water, wind and worry-resistant roof in the business. Duro-Last's industry leading warranties are supported by prefabrication of roof panels and membrane accessories in a factory quality controlled environment. This eliminates up to 85% of field welding. Our highly trained technical field team inspects the field welded seams. Once you put a Duro-Last roof on, you can put it out of your mind. Edge-to-Edge & Deck-to-Sky ™ "Duro-Last" and the "World's Best Roof" are registered marks owned by Duro-Last, Inc. WaterWind_E2E_11.19.13_1 800-248-0280 Visit or call to find out more.

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