Health Center at Oakbrooke - CHKD - Interior
This project for Children’s Hospital of The King’s Daughters (CHKD) is a three story medical office building of approximately 62,000 SF located in Chesapeake, VA. The health center contains build-outs for access to primary and specialty care, rehabilitative, diagnostic and laboratory services.
The client’s objective was a building that would clearly be identifiable as a CHKD health facility. The goal was to use similar colors, shapes and materials that would mirror those used at the main hospital and two other health center locations. The interior design was to be different from the other locations and unique to Chesapeake and at the same time be a design scheme that was neither too adult nor too childish.
As CHKD’s first health center in Chesapeake, the opportunity to make a “genuine” connection with the community in both the architecture and interior design was imminent. The interior design utilized a lot of natural lighting and bright colors in key elements. The interiors as with the architecture were to be “artful” by utilizing exposed structure as form and over-sizing shapes and forms for experience moving you through the building. The prodigious main vestibule and elevator wall are a fun play on scale for the visitor.
The clad elevator tower greets you with photographs of smiling children who were volunteers from the community. These photographs were also applied to the large murals for wayfinding. The murals at the suite entries are action shots directly relating to the suite’s service.
A number of items were planned into the design to increase its sustainability and positive environmental impact. The colors utilized through the design in shapes and forms were enhanced by using off-white as a blank canvas backdrop. The white color reflects natural daylight down the suite corridors and improves lighting in every space. Available sustainable/regional materials were used throughout. LED energy efficient lighting was chosen along with use of automatic sensor controls at offices, waiting rooms and bathrooms to reduce wasted lighting. We included dual level lights at most areas and used low emitting adhesives, sealants, paints and coatings, which all have low VOC and no formaldehyde, throughout the health center.
PF&A designed and specified all materials and finishes including the graphic art murals, graphic signs and furniture selection.
The project is a huge success both for the Owner and the community. A link between CHKD and the community was created by integrating the photographs of local children into the design and the artwork. The user groups businesses have already grown in the short time exceeding the owner’s expectations.