Health & Surgery Center at Princess Anne - CHKD - Interior

Health & Surgery Center at Princess Anne

Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters

CHKD needed to develop a new, distinctive, three-story, 60,000 square foot outpatient health and surgery center that would be convenient for patients and families in the Virginia Beach area. The stand-alone structure is located at the heart of a new medical campus at Princess Anne. The building includes an 18,000 square foot ambulatory surgery center on the third floor with two operating suites. Two temporary procedure rooms allow for future growth to four operating suites. Orthopedic, ophthalmology, ENT and general pediatric surgeries are conveniently located within the facility. Other outpatient services offered include a lab and x-ray, ultrasound, mobile MRI, physical and speech therapy and sports medicine.

The design team’s objective was to create a theme for the building that would be in tune with both pediatric and young adult patients. The design concept developed into a musical theme both because of music’s appeal to youth and the facility’s proximity to an amphitheater. In the end, a user friendly facility was constructed using graphic representations of music throughout, unifying the various program elements and providing a fun, comforting atmosphere for the children.

All through the interior, the music theme is manifested through abstract symbols worked into floor patterns, casework and ceiling grids. As an added benefit, these provide a wayfinding system that creates a journey through the building where patients and visitors can detect and discover the graphic representations of music.

Stepping into the atrium, one is immediately greeted by a large drum façade created using wood veneer covering and window mullions to replicate the steel used on the side of a drum. The engineers also worked closely with the designers to compose lighting, mechanical and support trusses in the three story atrium lobby mimicking a stage lighting set-up. The atrium cycles through multiple colors of lights creating the impression of a theatrical light show or concert atmosphere that can be seen through the glass from miles away!   

The third floor surgical area, as part of the exposition of musical features, incorporates bed locators, wall protection and medical gas columns into part of the larger design of a guitar. Bumper rails simulate guitar strings as they wrap on the wall while the vertical medical gas columns form the guitar frets. A musical measure with notes can be found in another suite on the first floor expressed on the front of the casework. A saxophone, piano and treble clef are represented in the floor patterns in different suites throughout. The custom casework is made up of interactive panels that are on a center pivot point to rotate and symbolize the cymbals on a drum.

To continue the theme while traveling through the building, a freestanding custom designed musical laser harp stands as interactive art on the second floor elevator lobby. Colored Plexiglas wall panels are used throughout to reflect light and give added dimension to the design. The engineers expressed their added creativity by painting exposed duct work in the sports medicine area to resemble a flute. The musical details continue on the showcased signage, the flute shaped door handles and custom magazine racks throughout.

The design of the unique curved glass canopy and wavy metal roof represent the flow of sound and the waves of music. The interior design continues the concept of music by complementing the building architecture.

Virginia Beach, VA

60,000 SF


Design of Excellence Award Quality Office Building 2009 - City of Virginia Beach Planning Committee

Section Award Commendable Achievement in Lighting Design - Illuminating Engineering Society of North America

First Place Healthcare ASID/IIDA IDEA 2009

Best Interior Design - HRACRE 2009

Project of the Year 2008; First Place Commercial Roofs, ATAS International, Inc.