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ABOVE: The mosaic
panels took one week to
install and feature nearly
200,000 marbles in 16
different colors. RIGHT:
Four paths lead from the
lobby to different areas of
the critical care tower and
each is represented by a
different origami figure
in the terrazzo flooring.
BELOW: The mosaic wraps
around the welcome desk,
including the wall below.
"If you're a small child, the
first thing you see at the
desk is that surface, so we
wanted it to be engaging,"
says Saul Jabbawy of
EwingCole.

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mosaic by dividing the image into 33 4-foot-wide
MDF panels with indentations to hold the marbles. An Artisan employee then used the image
map to coordinate the location of each marble to
its corresponding position on the panel, gluing
each marble into place one at a time.
Steel-reinforced studs covered in a heavy layer
of plywood were constructed in the lobby to support the weight of the panels, each nearly 200
pounds. "We brought them to the site and hung
them like you would hang a millwork panel onto
the plywood," Jabbawy says. Unframed glass
plates are mounted in front of the marble panels
and are sealed at the top and bottom to protect
the mosaic and keep it clean.
With such a colorful statement on one side of
the lobby, the design team then turned its eye
to multiple columns on the opposite side of the
space, which felt institutional in comparison.
To solve that issue, designers covered two sides
of the columns with colorful bubble-shaped
cutouts, while the other sides are backlit with a
fuchsia color that extends from the columns and
crosses the ceiling to create a series of arches. "A
lot of children's hospitals go toward colors like
blues, greens, and yellows, and we thought, 'Why
can't we use fuchsia as a primary space-forming
element?'" Jabbawy says. The arches align with
decorative fins on the ceiling that are also backlit
in a complementary blue color. "The whole idea
was not treating the ceiling as one continuous
horizontal plane but creating depth," he says.
-Anne DiNardo

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EADERS OF ST. Christopher's
Hospital for Children in
Philadelphia wanted to set
the tone for a new four-story,
135,000-square-foot critical
care tower by creating a lobby
that was welcoming and playful. But they weren't looking
for stereotypical cartoon characters or a primary color palette. "One of the issues in a lot of
pediatric hospitals is that the theming is done
in a cartoonish way that relates to children ages
8 and below," says Saul Jabbawy, director of design at EwingCole (Philadelphia), which handled the architecture, interior design, MEP, and structural engineering on the project. "We wanted
something that would be inspiring and thematically interesting to people
of all ages and could [still] relate to children."
Toying with the idea of combining child's play with special locations in
the region, the design team developed features such as large-scale graphics
of local settings complemented by origami figures cast into the flooring to
serve as a wayfinding. The biggest statement in the 6,800-square-foot lobby
is a mosaic wall that depicts a scene of hot air balloons. "It's something that's
hopeful, and it's very uplifting to whomever sees it," Jabbawy says.
But the fun didn't stop there. The team began exploring how to bring the
balloon image to life, considering using glass tiles to amplify its impact.
"But at the end of the day, that's not very interesting," Jabbawy says. Instead, building on the theme of play, the team turned to a small toy familiar
to all: the marble. "On a visual level, they provide a sense of depth and light
that no other material would provide," Jabbawy says.
EwingCole enlisted the help of tile company Artaic (Boston) to pixelate
the hot air balloon image, creating a "paint-by-number" map that outlined
the placement of nearly 200,000 marbles in 16 different colors. Millwork
subcontractor Artisan Millwork LLC (Red Hill, Pa.) then constructed the


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Healthcare Design - May 2017

Healthcare Design - May 2017
Contents
Editorial
Photo Tour
Uplifting Design
Healthy Outlook for Green Design
Inside Story
Renovation Experience Reimagined
Product Spotlight Flooring
The Center
Special Supplement
Special Advertising Section
Face Time
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Intro
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Healthcare Design - May 2017
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Cover2
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - 1
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - 2
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Contents
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - 4
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - 5
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Healthcare Design - May 2017 - 7
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - 8
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Editorial
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Photo Tour
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Healthcare Design - May 2017 - 14
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Uplifting Design
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - 16
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Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Healthy Outlook for Green Design
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Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Inside Story
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Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Renovation Experience Reimagined
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Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Product Spotlight Flooring
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Healthcare Design - May 2017 - The Center
Healthcare Design - May 2017 - Special Supplement
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