Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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MCDM AG.COM | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | Medical Construction & Design 33 to an overall experience that reinforces patients' associations to the university. Whether blending into the background or grabbing atten- tion, thoughtful fl ooring deci- sions are an important part of creating a distinctive patient experience, fi tting together with other design elements to create a cohesive picture of the brand. Making it like home Patient comfort is a primary goal of every healthcare proj- ect, reducing the stress inher- ent in healthcare situations. Healthcare designers aim to create environments that are homelike and are often in- spired by trends in residential design. Today's home décor trends favor neutral grays, natural materials and pops of color that can be easily changed as trends come and go without requiring a major overhaul. Browns are out, and lighter tones such as whitewashed wood-look LVT are in. The beauty of neutral grays is that they allow the warmth of wood, the textures of stone and the richness of saturated colors to shine, resulting in a layered, sophisticated aesthetic. This layering of textures and materials is shown dramatically in KentuckyOne Health's St. Joseph London hospital in London, Kentucky. A neutral porcelain tile fl oor in the hospital's main en- try sequence provides an elegant but understated foreground for a massive, double-height stone wall, which brings in the textures of nature. Dark wood in paneling and furniture is used sparingly to add warmth to the space, and create a memorable and comforting patient experience. In patient rooms, where both comfort and infection control are high priorities, designers are always looking for products that meet high aesthetic standards, while still off ering a seamless, non- porous surface where germs can't hide. In recent years, manufacturers have gotten better at achieving a convinc- ing wood look in a sheet vinyl product. The patient rooms at Irwin Army Community Hospital in Fort Riley, Kansas do an im- pressive job of balancing infec- tion control and patient expe- rience. Inspired by the natural beauty of the Kansas prairie, the pine-look sheet fl ooring brings in bright, blonde notes that makes the space fresh and clean. Wall treatments bring in tree-branch shapes, and large windows take advantage of strategic building siting to fi ll the room with natural light and allow views to untouched nature. By employing the timeli- ness of residential trends and the timelessness of nature, great fl ooring decisions be- come an integral part of a calm, pleasant patient experience. Staying practical Even as consumerism pushes healthcare fl ooring decisions into the realm of boutique design, it's important to note that practicality still reigns supreme in healthcare. Healthcare fl ooring takes a lot of abuse; its cleaning regi- mens are more intense, and its applications are generally so extensive that it's impor- tant to go with manufacturers you can trust. No matter how dazzling the fl ooring is on day one, it's important to think long term about whether the manufacturer will still be able to deliver the same products down the road. It's also worth noting that a lot of interior design elements "ugly out" before they wear out. A color that's fashionable today might be hopelessly dated next year. When choosing trendy colors for healthcare spaces, it's best to use them in applica- tions that can be changed easily and economically. If choosing between a trendy fl oor that off ers a pop of color, or an accent wall that can be easily repainted, go with the accent wall. It's much harder to replace fl ooring. When in doubt, it's best to pick timeless, neutral fl ooring that will go with anything. As healthcare systems become more sophisti- cated about how they brand themselves, there will continue to be new opportunities to create memorable moments for patients. Flooring is a big part of that, whether its function is to pop or to fade into the background. By employing the tools of experiential design, interior designers can turn every touchpoint into a chance to engage with the brand and drive patient loyalty. Jen Ankerson and Heather Robbins, LEED AP ID&C, NCIDQ, EDAC, IIDA, are both senior interior de- signers with Leo A Daly In Omaha, Nebraska. They possess a combined 23 years of experience specializing in interior design for healthcare spaces. From left: This layering of textures and materials is shown dramatically in KentuckyOne Health's St. Joseph London hospital in London, Kentucky. A neutral porcelain tile fl oor in the hospital's main entry sequence provides an elegant but understated foreground for a massive, double-height stone wall, which brings in the textures of nature. > In the lobby and staff spaces of Nebraska Medicine's new primary care clinic prototype, bright red carpet tiles pop from the neutral gray background, giving the entry experience a sense of energy that is instantly memorable. > An abstract carpet pattern of taupe and gray complements wood-look ceiling tiles and stair treads, but mostly avoids attention at CHI Health's Creighton University Medical Center — Bergan Mercy ambulatory clinic in Omaha, Nebraska. The carpeting blends into the background to allow pops of "Creighton blue" to speak.

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