Type of facility: Ambulatory-care/infusion therapy center
Client: Samaritan Lebanon Community Hospital
Project architect: Clark/Kjos Architects, Portland, Ore.
Construction manager: N/A
Completed: February 2006
Size: 2,500 square feet
Cost per square foot: $319
It is a very small project, but they paid great attention to the needs of the patients," says competition judge Marsha Berger.
The Emenhiser Center-after a renovation and addition of 2,500 square feet for the intravenous therapy unit-is situated on a limited but ideal location at the west end of a new courtyard, providing patients in the infusion bays with views of a healing garden and a koi fish pond, as well as ample natural lighting thanks to large windows and skylights.
Nature also can be found inside the facility in the bamboo, wood and leaf-embedded polymer panels used in the waiting room and throughout the main treatment areas. In addition to these materials, rippled glass reminiscent of the pond and its waterfall are in the sightlines of patients receiving infusion treatment.
Judges note the pastoral setting and natural environment as favorable distractions for patients undergoing stressful chemical treatments-a design element that should be taken advantage of more often, they say.
A central nurse's station provides staff with the ability to watch patients from a prime location. "The views that (patients) have from the infusion chairs are very special, however there is total surveillance from the nursing staff," Berger says. "It seems very well organized. The needs of the patients and staff were put to the forefront here."