Project category: Remodel/Renovation (completed January 2012)
Chief administrator: Michael N. Rosenblut, President and CEO, (718) 289-2351
Firm: Tobin Parnes Design, (212) 462-4200
Design team: Carol Tobin, Principal; Robert Parnes, Principal; Tim Kincer, Project Manager; Andrea Reay, Interior Designer; Joanne McGevna, Interior Designer; Scott Press, Assistant Project Manager
Photography: Vanni Archive
Total building area (sq. ft.): 291,000
Construction cost/sq. ft.: Not available
Total construction cost (excluding land): Not available
Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation is a highly acclaimed non-profit that offers inpatient short term rehabilitation, sub-acute care and nursing home care as well as a comprehensive network of community health services. Parker is a leader in teaching and research and for years has been at the forefront of innovations in patient-centered care and technology that will help shape the future of adult health care. As advocates of the culture change movement and principles of evidence based design, Parker’s care and understanding extends wholeheartedly to their residents, staff and care givers alike.
Over the last eight years, Parker has been re-envisioning many aspects of their facility. They have introduced a new family lounge, a new meditation space, new administrative areas, a new building entry and lobby as well as a new hemodialysis center. In late 2010, Parker envisioned a new executive area where they could re-organize formerly disparate departments into an efficient and unified whole. A new architectural layout eliminated unnecessary double corridors and transition space in order to create new larger, more efficient departments as well as additional conference rooms and much needed support areas. Clear and straightforward way-finding directs residents and their families to the Admissions and Social Work Services Department and other resident support areas. The overarching project goal was to create a warm, welcoming, and modern environment that appealed to the senses through the use of natural and durable materials, direct and indirect lighting, and a well thought out attention to detail.
Current research in quality improvement has guided all of the decisions made for this project. The objective was to create a safe, appealing and uplifting environment that conveys a sense of wellness for all. Concepts of creating lively healing environments are important for PJI’s management as well as residents. Evidence based design supports the creative use of lighting, color, texture and representational art as key communication tools that underlie a positive emotional experience and better health/work outcomes. Natural elements and soothing water sounds remind us to breathe and reduce stress.