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IIDA Student Design Competition 2020. Located in Scottsdale, Arizona, this new digestive health clinic is here to serve patients battling digestive and liver disorders. Every aspect from the space planning to the finishing touches of this design were thought through with the end-users in mind. When people are suffering from such conditions the pain can be extremely uncomfortable and it is important for individuals to feel confident that they are being completely taken care of. Functionality was the number one priority when it came to space planning in order to create an easily understandable office flow that separates private staff areas from public patient areas.
This clinic is 12,540 square feet which offers a variety of rooms to handle every individual’s digestive health disorders. In this facility, patients will be treated in the everyday exam rooms, a large exam room for procedures, and an infusion therapy suite. Daylight is proven to help the healing process so placing most patient rooms along the windows of the building is done with purpose. When designing a healthcare facility, it is important to create a universal design that supports the ADA Standards for Accessible Design, and HIPPA Privacy Rules. Acoustics needed to be accounted for to keep conversations confidential in exam rooms, the consultant room, and offices.
Sourcing the correct furniture, materials, and finishes was necessary to create a comfortable, maintainable and long-lasting facility. While picking out furniture, seating accommodations for the bariatric population were considered. Throughout the clinic, Carolina and OFS Furniture Company have a strong presence offering comfortable furniture options for waiting areas, patient areas, and employee work areas. Patients will be at ease knowing that their loved ones, who are there to support them, are being taken care of as well, with the diverse and comfortable waiting areas.
Colors in this design were kept neutral and picked based on color psychology research. The main colors for this project are different hues of orange, blue, green, and tan. Orange has been proven to promote confidence, bravery, and optimism. Blue implies trust, productivity, and competence. Green advocates healing, nature, and peace. Tans are dependable and simple. Using these colors will help everyone at the clinic feel a sense of calmness whenever they are present.
The staff is accommodated with efficient workspaces where they can be collaborative and productive. There is plenty of room for everyone at their own desk to work privately and store files in their own personal space. They need an office where they want to come to work every day to treat their patient's needs and enjoy their time at work. They are provided with private restrooms, a locker room, and a staff lounge that has a beautiful Samsung Frame TV. With these amenities provided, it will ensure the finest work will be done by the employees, with the highest standards for patient care.