Editor’s note: The following article recently appeared in the online Marietta Daily Journal. CDH Partners designed the WellStar Pediatric Center, which is located on Barrett Parkway. The facility is scheduled to open on July 7,
When children step into the new WellStar Pediatric Center, they’ll think they walked into the ocean, not a doctor’s office. The 20,000-square-foot pediatric doctor’s office, which cost about $13 million, will open July 7 on Barrett Parkway near Cobb Parkway. The walls are painted light blue and green and the hallways, decorated with bubbles, seaweed and fish, curve through the building like waves.The one-floor building provides an environment that’s fun and inviting for children, said Dr. Avril Beckford, the chief pediatric officer for WellStar Health System and a member of its board.
“Our vision for this center was that a parent could walk in and feel like they were completely at home, and that it’s fun and it’s welcoming,” Beckford said.
Editor’s note: In the recent issue of Designer Magazine, Paulla Shetterly addresses the subject of flooring finishes.
In the article she explains, “Many faith-based spaces operate up to six days a week, durability is a huge concern when it comes to flooring. This has resulted in expanding material selections from porcelain tile to luxury vinyl tile that emulates the look and feel of wood. Clear here to continue reading.
WellStar Paulding Hospital, Designed by CDH Partners is featured in this month’s cover story in Health Facilities Management Magazine. The article is titled: “Safe and Sound.”
Safe and Sound
Informed design approaches help to prevent patient harm
WellStar Paulding Hospital, Hiram, Ga., designed by CDH Partners, is another facility for which safety was a prime directive during design. Mark Haney, president, WellStar Paulding Hospital, explains that the hospital developed a program called “safety to the fourth power” to lead design decisions. This involved considering the safety of patients and their families, hospital staff, the community and the environment. “That was the banner they carried throughout the project,” says Mary Lindeman, EDAC, LEED AP BD+C, senior project manager, CDH Partners. Please click here to read the entire article.
Showcasing eco-friendly components in your new-build project conveys good stewardship — financial and environmental. For the majority of clients, aiming for full Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification for a new building isn’t cost-effective, as it often costs several to tens of thousands of dollars above and beyond construction costs. Charles Kluger, principal at Kluger Architects, Inc. in Signal Hill, CA, explains why.
For one thing, Kluger’s firm must be part of the US Green Building Green Council, which is fee-based. Second, he says, LEED certification is an extensive process that often involves third-party consulting to achieve.
Tim Black of CDH Partners in Marietta, GA — who designed LEED-certified (silver) First United Methodist Church in Orlando — agrees that these projects are the exception, not the rule. “It usually comes down to bottom-line costs. Even administrative costs associated with pursuing the certification can be cost-prohibitive,” he acknowledges. Click here to read the article containing the interview of CDH architect Timothy Black
Later this summer WellStar Healthcare will open a children’s Pediatric center in NW Cobb County. This new facility has been designed for an extraordinary patient experience. “The challenge was to design a pediatric facility for a wide range of ages—from babies to adolescents,” says CDH project manager Rhea Jeanne Starnes.
“Many times rooms in other diagnostic centers will be colorful but this one takes color and design to another level. When it comes to imaging, WellStar is highly successful. There are children centers in place around the metro Atlanta area, but this center is different because it’s a specialty, multi-functional facility designed for kids.”
“WellStar really cares about the type of images they get, and they are using Phillips equipment, which is the top of the line. Phillips also delivers an “ambient” experience. This means that there are positive distractions built in through audio and visual technology, which is patient driven. This type of experience helps a patient relax and feel calm. It also provides better outcomes.”
Ambient lighting is soft and pleasing. It includes calming sounds for less stress and increased procedure efficiency. “Patients, in this case children, have to be really still for a long period of time, and the ambient experience can help them do this better. After all, it can be frightening to have a scan done when Mom or Dad are not as close as usual.”
WellStar is taking a further step by also including a Kitten Scanner in the facility. This is a small version of a larger scanner that is used to help children learn about their procedures. They can scan a dinosaur, a chicken, space man, or elephant. The model scanner scans the toy and then displays its “insides” on screen. This small screen helps to clarify the scanner’s purpose. As children play with the scanner, their attention is redirected to having fun rather than worrying about the upcoming procedure.
When designers for CDH saw the potential to increase the overall experience for patients and parents, they made a bold decision to use the ambient concept as a main design element. A large interactive screen will be located in the lobby and before they have their procedure, patients can choose what scene they would like to have in their MRI, CT, or X-Ray rooms. For example, if someone chooses a beach scene, his or her procedure room will be transform in to a beach, complete with tropical fish, and audio sounds.
“This is a place where I would want my son or daughter to go. But it is also a place where I would feel comfortable sitting and waiting while the procedure is done. We wanted a patient to walk in the door and be met with positive distractions that reduce stress and help them to feel calmer. There is light and color everywhere. So, it is really quite magical from the entrance through the entire building.”