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supports this goal, as well, allowing for sensitivity
to the center's specific population of patients. "You
want to provide daylight and essential openness in
a large public space, but given the fact that patients
will often experience weaker moments, one of the
things we tried to establish is a sense of openness
and screening at the same time," he says. Partitions
in the infusion area get higher as you move away
from the windows, for example, "so you can select
which station or level of openness or exposure to
sunlight you want depending on your mood that
day. The whole relationship between the private and
the public plays an important role in the design of
the building."
For MedStar Georgetown University Hospital's
pediatrics and OB/GYN suite in Washington, D.C.,
winner of the Medical Practice Suites category and
designed by VOA Associates (Washington, D.C.),

COURTESY OF IIDA

the interior design and flow strategy was rooted in
creating a very specific sense of community. The
ambulatory care center focuses on three service
types: pediatrics, adolescent care, and OB/GYN.
"We wanted to create a place that had a great
amount of light and transparency," says Pablo
Quintana, associate principal at VOA. "And the idea
was not to separate these three disciplines, to make
small suites or enclaves, but rather create more of
a communal feel. All three are, in some way, a life
cycle."
Designers approached the space as a plaza,
with the main check-in desk serving as the "central
square," from which patients then filter off to the
three different-but linked-specialty areas. "While
you wait, themes, finishes, lighting concepts, and
graphics all support the group you belong to,"
Quintana says. The pediatrics waiting area follows
a playhouse theme, with family-friendly banquettes
for seating. The adolescent care area features a
plugged-in, Apple store-ish vibe. OB/GYN is a little
more secluded, tucked in a corner and including
spa-inspired materials and a more subdued color
scheme.

Goal #4: Easing the journey
Always a critical issue for healthcare interior designers, wayfinding solutions abounded in this year's IIDA
winning projects. But what's particularly notable goes
beyond effective signage and color schemes that
tell patients they're in the right department. There's a
story to tell here, as well, as many designers describe
a commitment to a thoughtful patient journey.
The Memorial Sloan Kettering Ambulatory Cancer
Center in West Harrison, N.Y., designed by EwingCole,
took both a category award for Outpatient Clinics as
well as Best of Competition honors overall. Its interiors
were inspired by hospitality, spa, and especially home
design, as evidenced by the organization and flow
from one space to the next. "It's a high-end hospitality feel, but we kept it on the scale of home," says
EwingCole's Harrington, who worked on this project in
addition to the Upstate Cancer Center. The long-andnarrow building becomes more welcoming to its patient population (see Goal #3) but also less intimidating
to navigate, with a home-themed progression.
The first area encountered is the "parlor"-"a place
where you can be attended to and wait briefly but then
go on to other, more private parts of the 'house,'" says
Mary Frazier, principal at EwingCole. The café, with a
communal table and electronics-friendly bar, comes
next, serving patients and families. Farther in, couches

Top: The three populations
served within MedStar
Georgetown University
Hospital's pediatrics
and OB/GYN suite-
children, adolescents, and
women-have separately
themed waiting areas
arranged around a "central
square" concept. The
pediatrics space features
family-friendly banquettes.
Above: The OB/GYN
waiting area is set a bit
apart from the noisier,
more active child and
adolescent departments.
The project was designed
by VOA Associates.

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Editorial
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View From the Top
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Special Supplement: 2015 Remodel/Renovation Competition
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