Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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An underground tunnel connects the new building with Buff alo General Medical Center and Gates Vascular Institute to provide back-of-house circulation and util- ity connections. A pedestrian sky bridge connects both buildings to two fl oors of clinics and an outpatient surgery center in the adjacent Conventus, providing circula- tion for patients, visitors and staff . Improving the patient experience through design The massing of the building fans from the street edge as it transitions from platform to tower, decompressing the campus at the pedestrian level and creating a hang- ing garden eff ect on the entry façade that welcomes patients, families and the com- munity. With a colorful, bright and inviting building envelope inspired by the vibrant house colors in nearby Allentown and the profi le of city hall, the façade features cas- cading gardens and a transparent exterior that speaks to a youthful culture. Upon arrival, families and visitors enter a large, playful lobby dotted with several activity areas and defi ned by an informa- tion desk, gift shop and grab-and-go food kiosk. Like the waterways throughout Western New York, a blue-meandering pattern within the terrazzo fl oors winds through the public lobby, directing foot traffi c to and from entrances, elevators and family amenities. A digital mosaic com- posed of 17,000 self-portraits of patients and community members speaks to the commitment of Buff alo families. In lieu of a traditional cafeteria, a deli on the second fl oor off ers indoor seating and an outside terrace that gives families a place to linger between appointments. To augment the grab-and-go dining, a pa- vilion off the lobby features seating and a stage for child-friendly entertainment and performance space. The elevator lobbies and public areas on each fl oor face the main entryway with fl oor-to-ceiling windows. Each fl oor's theming, color scheme and environmen- tal branding assist families and visitors with wayfi nding, as well as playrooms and public spaces where patients and their families can gather and relax. Space such as the Fisher-Price/Mattel Family & Child Support Services fl oor was prioritized for family respite, education and care. This tranquil space away from clinical 1 2 1. A large, playful lobby welcomes visitors with rolling blue-patterned terrazzo that mirrors the region's vast waterways, providing intuitive, effortless wayfi nding between entrances, elevators and family amenities. 2. This tranquil space away from clinical and public areas located on the fi fth fl oor includes a family resource room, laundry amenities, kitchenettes, family lounge, winter garden, non-denominational chapel and meditative roof garden. Lobby: CannonDesign 36 Medical Construction & Design | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | MCDM AG.COM

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