|Project:||North Texas Medical Center|
|DESIGNER / ARCHITECT:||Perkins & Will|
|ARMSTRONG FLOORING:||DecoArt Rejuvenations TIMBERLINE
Standard EXCELON Imperial Texture
The residents of Gainesville, Texas, are proud of the city’s historical commercial architecture, made possible by the wealthy cattle barons of the 18th century. But when the aging Gainesville Memorial Hospital no longer served the community’s needs, citizens said “adios” to the old facility and welcomed the new, thoroughly modern North Texas Medical Center (NTMC) into town. Interior designers at Perkins & Will selected six Armstrong flooring products to meet a range of healthcare performance requirements and to achieve a color-integrated look. The flooring visuals also succeed in unifying high profile public spaces with utilitarian spaces.
NTMC is a full-service hospital with a commitment to providing high quality healthcare to the residents of Cooke County. Although the region has a colorful past where money flowed faster than a cattle stampede, the realities of modern economics dictated a more conservative economic approach to the new facility’s construction. The challenge for designers was to unify the overall design theme in areas that allowed for more refined finishes with those areas that were more budget oriented. Perkins & Will Interior Designer Marjorie Roysdon says,vinyl composition tile (VCT) in many areas, because of its lower up-front materials and installation cost. In the Women’s Services area, and where required by code, we selected seamless vinyl products.”
The color scheme throughout NTMC includes neutral warm beige tones with green and terra cotta as the predominant accent colors. The focal point of the facility is the main lobby and medical mall. Those higher-end areas have porcelain flooring, plus very decorative design features and finishes. Contemporary vinyl sheet flooring provides a sophisticated visual for some of the hospital’s other high-end spaces. The Women’s Center for example, is a high priority design area. In that space, Roysdon says, “We selected TRANSLATIONS™ Desert Sand, TIMBERLINE Medium Aged Beech and PERSPECTIVES™ Brushed Concrete and Canyon Gold because of their warm and refined look, even though seamless flooring was not required by code, throughout the entire suite.” The colors and texture complement the caramel wood tones in the millwork. For the Medical Imaging Department and Intensive Care Unit patient rooms, designers selected TRANSLATIONS in soothing Desert Sand. In the operating suites, ColorArt MEDINTECH Sheet Brushed Sand with coordinating solid vinyl weld rods provides a soft-look with durable homogeneous vinyl sheet performance. The heat-welded seams resist the penetration of dirt and moisture for improved asepsis.
In other areas, including the hospital’s main corridors, Medical/Surgical Unit, Cardio Gym, Cafeteria Dining area, and Nursery, the square foot budget dropped significantly. “We selected VCT unless seamless flooring was required by code, to achieve our color and design goals within the budget parameters,” explains Roysdon. “VCT provides a combination of aesthetics and durability at a value cost. The colors and patterns transition nicely from the focal areas to more functional spaces.” The design team selected a blend of visuals within Standard EXCELON Imperial Texture VCT including Brushed Sand, Antique White, Curried Caramel and Lichen Green, plus Excelon SDT Static Dissipative Flooring anti-static flooring tile in Marble Beige. Within various suites, green is still the predominant accent color, but instead of terra cotta, Imperial Texture in Cayenne Red is used as accent tile.
This was the first new construction, freestanding building project Roysdon has managed at Perkins & Will. “It was a refreshing change not having to work within the constraints of existing colors or finishes.” During the design phase, Armstrong’s online tools and information services assisted the interiors team. “We used the Armstrong commercial floor Web site and help services like TechLineSM pretty routinely,” she confirms. “The Armstrong representative also visited the site to assist with answers to product questions and installation procedures.”
Modern Healthcare Magazine has ranked the Perkins & Will Healthcare Practice first in the country for three of the past four years, based on the volume of healthcare design. The firm has also been selected by The American Institute of Architects as its National Firm of the Year, the highest award that an architectural firm can receive. With those accolades, it might seem that Perkins & Will only accepts very high-end, big-budget projects. But, Roysdon explains, “Our designs are appropriate to the client’s expectations and resources. We design healthcare facilities that complement the end users’ goals and provide high quality, patient-focused care.”