Diving into an undersea adventure. Tracking the footprints of Africa's wildest animals. Rocketing through the Milky Way. What if going to see a pediatrician could mean doing these things—entering a friendly world of imagination and play? At St. Luke's Pediatric Specialty Center in Center Valley, Pennsylvania, this possibility comes to life.
The goals for the project were to create a welcoming and fun space where children wanted to come to when they were going to the doctor. The design needed to support the emotional needs of kids and parents in the facility while delivering on St. Luke's reputation as a leader in clinical quality and patient safety. The center would serve as a paradigm of advanced, patient-centered care supporting children, parents and staff through simple to navigate wayfinding, rigorous infection control measures, and tailored to the clinical activity of each area in a way that put kids at ease to promote positive and productive relationships with nurses and doctors.
Elizabeth's design began with the idea of colorful intertwining ribbons inset in the floor, guiding children and parents through the corridors of the building and assisting with wayfinding in a fun, kid-friendly way. She grew her design concept with the support of Mannington Commercial's custom capabilities with a range of coordinating flooring products creating the entire facility as journey through the ocean, across the Earth, and into the cosmos.
Amtico LVT and rubber flooring products are used throughout the facility to deliver the safety, durability, and cleanability that healthcare spaces like St. Luke's demand, while enabling easy design customization. The use of custom insets in the floor was more than a unique design solution: insets are much more cleanable and durable than decals. The use of pre-cut custom insets also made installation easy allowing the facility to open on-time to serve their patients.
As a domestic flooring manufacturing, working with Mannington Commercial gave Elizabeth not only design support but also logistical support to help make the project happen on time and in budget.
"Every space in this building has a meaning and a purpose," Elizabeth shared. "There's a lot of detail that went into it. We had a lot of vendors involved, and the flooring was by far the easiest process in this project. With the amount of detail that went into it, and the wow factor that it created, the ease of it was phenomenal."
Elizabeth Srock,Interior Designer & Network Construction Project Manager
St. Luke's University Health Network