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acoustical ceilings and cushioned-back resilient
flooring to help quiet existing spaces. "Patients
have responded to the calming effect of the muffled
sounds and soothing colors," says Eileen Glover,
Brattleboro Retreat's clinical manager of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender adult inpatient unit.
In addition to acoustical properties, flooring
surfaces need to stand up to contact with food,
water, or bodily fluids, and should be slip resistant
and easy to clean. Seamless, antimicrobial resilient
flooring with a cushioned back is an option for patient areas. This flooring comes in a variety of styles,
colors, and patterns, and many manufacturers
recommend using a two-part structural urethane
adhesive for installation, which takes longer to cure
but helps prevent dents in the soft floor. It also
provides an impact-resistant bond with high peel
strength, which reduces the chance of patients ripping up the flooring.
To make a space feel cozier while maintaining a
safe environment, designers can also consider a
combination of flooring designs, such as colored
resilient flooring within a wood-grain style to create
the look of an area rug.

Striking a balance
Finding the right combination of durable finishes
and furniture without sacrificing comfort and appeal
is an ongoing challenge. Fortunately, more products that address this issue are being introduced
to the market. Meanwhile, through collaboration
with healthcare providers, designers can continue
to educate themselves on how to make behavioral
health spaces safer and more hospitable. HCD

Patterns in the resilient
flooring of this patient
bedroom at Brattleboro
Retreat give the effect
of a striped area rug and
a wood floor. The wood
open shelving unit also
helps cultivate a warmer
feel.

Lilliana Alvarado is a senior member of the healthcare interior design group at Lavallee Brensinger
Architects (Manchester, N.H.). She can be reached
at lilliana.alvarado@lbpa.com.

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