Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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46 Medical Construction & Design | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | MCDM AG.COM public transit or environmental systems that make ideal use of the surrounding landscape. Pedestrian paths from the neighborhood tie into the hospital, and green spaces on the hospital grounds can function as additional parks in the prover- bial concrete jungle. Increasingly, hospitals provide commu- nity amenities — urban gardens, farmers' markets, healthy eateries, architectural features and outdoor spaces — that are unique and have broad appeal, making them daytime destinations for people who don't have a medical need. This vision of "city making" is rooted in its integra- tion with the surrounding landscape. The hospital can provide meeting spaces for corporate events, showcase the work of local artists in a gallery space in public corridors and even become the go-to place for the healthiest food in town — a center for well-being, health and energy. The hos- pital is sometimes one of the largest and most prominent buildings in the commu- nity and, in this way, the site connects with the social geography of the community, as well as the physical topography. An example of these concepts is a sports medicine facility in Denver, Colorado. A joint project among UCHealth, the Steadman Hawkins clinic of Denver and CU Sports Medicine, the facility rethinks — at many layers — what an outpatient clinic can be, and makes cre- ative uses of the site and its adjacencies. For instance, in a typical medical offi ce building, parking is usually as close as pos- sible. In this case, there is a 10,000-square- foot green space between the parking garage and the building, used for outdoor therapy, coaching and sports performance training. Visitors to the site walk past this green space as they enter, and there are seating areas where they can observe the activities. The space is on the south side of the building, with plenty of sun exposure and warmth, and features an outdoor patio with a coff ee shop. The green space and the building are both visually connected to a golf course along the east side of the entire site, giving the perspective of ex- tended green space for the facility. To the west, the site is bordered by one of the busiest freeways in Denver. To counteract the traffi c, the project team po- sitioned the facility below the freeway, so vehicular circulation can view the playing fi elds as spectators at a sporting event, and can look beyond the fi eld to the golf course and business park. Indoor and outdoor spaces are joined by large glass-paneled garage doors that can be opened in nice weather to extend the 16,000-square-foot sports performance area from inside the facility. This allows visual and physical access to the outdoors, depending on the weather, and creates a seamless transition between the facility itself and the natural world outside, on the site and beyond. Human sensory appeal, 'way-knowing' + clarity Once people enter a campus, it is impor- tant to continue the feeling of wellness by making it an appealing place to experi- ence. Avoid confusing or disorienting layouts that require maps and, instead, use natural wayfi nding elements, such as courtyards, to reduce the number of directions required for people to fi nd their destination. Creating a walkable, navigable journey within the facility reduces stress. The concept popularized by Julie Brand Zook, Ph.D., called the "economy of three turns," From left: Natural daylight from windows creates a seamless transition between the facility and the natural world outside, on the site and beyond. > Successful connections are wide-ranging, highly diverse and can be as simple as pedestrian pathways that enhance walkability and social connection. Waiting: Alise O'Brien; Pathway: Tony Frederick

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