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at a
glance
The need for such a
space sparked an idea by the
hospital's chief administrative
officer who sketched it onto a
napkin. That sketch became
the inspiration for Kansas
City's Pulse Design Group
which designed the faithneutral, versatile and flexible
sanctuary and meditation
space that includes a prayer
wall, displays of religious icons,
a library and seating for 25.
Following a fundraising
campaign, the $912,000
sanctuary's design utilizes a
combination of translucent
materials, opaque glass
and wood to highlight the
contemplative nature of the
space. It was fabricated by RCS
Millwork LC, an AWI member
firm located in Kansas City.
The sanctuary takes
advantage of an existing
multistory atrium utilizing
varying heights of ceiling
spaces to highlight
and maximize the user
experience. "The concept of
the project was to create a
non-denominational space
for patients, families and
staff to worship," says Basil
Sherman, Pulse Design
Group. "There were several
elements the design team
wanted to incorporate into
a very small footprint: a
private prayer area, prayer
wall, bookcase, religious icon
displays, and a gathering
space for small ceremonies
with an altar, when required."

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Wonderful Walls
Pulse Design Group built
in as much as possible
into the walls, leaving the
maximum amount of clear
floor space, reports Sherman.
"Due to the small space
available, the design team
kept the ceiling open to the
atrium, allowing more natural
light and a larger sense of
space. The curvilinear shape
of the entire space, including
the entrance, made it as
private as possible from the
adjacent public lobby."
Dustin Hecht of RCS
Millwork notes that in
addition to fabricating the
curved laminated walls
with reveal strips, the firm
constructed solid surface
countertops and shelves,
laminated cabinets, ArtPlex
glass and an altar podium.
"The woodgrain faces of
the walls are covered with
a material called Ven4ma®
sheet wall protection," Hecht
explains. "It is a pre-finished
PVC alloy composite that
includes a decorative and
protective film surface. The
interior structure is comprised
of fire-rated plywood core
materials. The reveals are a
c-channel aluminum profile."

AWI MANUFACTURING
MEMBER:

RCS Millwork LC
LOCATION:

Kansas City, Kansas
and Des Moines, Iowa
ESTABLISHED:

1966
EMPLOYEES:

95
FACILITY:

105,000 square feet



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