It’s nicknamed the City in a Forest. That’s Atlanta, the metropolis with the most abundant tree coverage per square mile in the U.S. This natural occurrence significantly influenced the design of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Center for Advanced Pediatrics, a new children’s medical center there. “It’s nurture through nature,” EYP principal and national interior design group leader Roseann Pisklak says. With advanced and outpatient medical practices sharing one 265,000-square-foot building, the center required a clear circulation strategy to ensure a successful program. Along circulation corridors, wooden panels rise up walls and wrap onto ceilings, like a tree canopy, guiding patients and visitors through the multilevel facility. On the way, pops of grassy greens and ocean blues coupled with playful seating nooks and uncomplicated signage are meant to welcome, soothe, and engage patients and parents. “Our hope was to enable feelings of awe and inspiration,” Pisklak adds.
Furthering that mission is the firm’s effort to optimize natural light and incorporation of a no-VOC materials palette. All of it added up to the center earning LEED Gold certification—and an atmosphere that promotes wellness, naturally.
Project Team: Betsy Beaman; Kimberly Stanley; Portia Ellis; Robin Kirkman; Madison Montgomery; Donald Glitsis; Vanessa Lampe Heimbuch; David Deis.