Designed to enhance the quality of patient care, the Center for Advanced Medicine has won accolades from patients and staff alike. Dr. James P. Crane, Associate Vice Chancellor for Clinical Affairs, says, “The design has given us the most modern and accommodating outpatient medical facility in the nation.” The Center also received the Modern Healthcare/American Institute of Architects award for advancing the practice of healthcare design.
Unlike conventional medical facilities, the Center consolidates adult outpatient care into a single state-of-the-art facility, caring for 3,000 patients each day in multi-disciplinary clinics augmented by services that include an outpatient surgery clinic, endoscopy center, nutrition counseling, social services and patient education. The project comprised nearly 700,000 square feet of space in a 14-storey building that anchors the north end of the Washington University Medical Center campus.
The project posed significant design challenges, including the need to accommodate multiple user groups from two institutions and the myriad needs of staff circulating through the building on a daily basis. Input from medical staff and administration made clear that flexibility was essential. In place of private offices, shared workrooms with modular furnishings were proposed.
Working in partnership with the medical professionals who would use the workrooms, the design team consulted with several systems furniture manufacturers. Workroom mockups were created so that physicians could experience the different environments. After numerous configurations were created, Teknion was selected.
According to the Director of the Center for Advanced Medicine, Rose Walker, R.N., “Flexibility was our primary criteria for selecting Teknion. We are creating a different, forward-thinking way for people to work, and Teknion’s numerous components meet that challenge.”
To address the breadth of user needs, Expansion Desking and Teknion Modular Cabinets were specified for the physician’s workrooms at the Center. Expansion Desking is a line of freestanding furniture that supports diverse planning styles using a simple inventory of components for quick installation or reconfiguration. Teknion Modular Cabinets mount and dismount with ease, using metal-to-metal connections that allow cabinets to be relocated as needed without compromising product integrity. Both provided the flexibility desired.
Making certain all went smoothly for the client, Teknion sent two engineers to work with the installers to ensure problem-free installation. Impressed with product quality and ease of installation, Pat Tobin, Dealer Principle for Chester Harvey said, “In order to meet the architectural requirements of the building, Teknion and Chester Harvey worked together to provide a solution. The result was the installation of Modular Cabinets that worked seamlessly with the Expansion Desking product.”
In addition to the physician’s workrooms, Expansion Desking was used to furnish the consultation rooms where physicians, social workers and other professionals meet with patients. Expansion Desking also created space-efficient workstations and scheduling hubs for nurses, and in the offices of clinic managers and support staff.
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