Ballinger architects and hospital staff of the new Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester Medical Center released renderings of the future interior of the hospital that include graphic elements, décor, art, and architectural features that will showcase landscapes of upstate New York.
Each floor of the hospital will have a different theme, such as, waterways, meadows, gardens, and parks, with an icon to represent it. The icon will help families remember which floor they’re on and find their way back to it, and the floor’s theme will provide creative opportunities to engage with children of all ages in interactive ways.
For example, on the Lake floor, children may be able to push buttons to cause bubbles to rise up through tubes in a wall. Other ways the theme will be incorporated into the building are more subtle. On the Park floor, glass in patient rooms may be frosted with leaves that will cast shadows along the floor with a linoleum park path in it.
The new $145-million building attached to the Medical Center and Strong Memorial Hospital, will be eight floors and approximately 245,000 square feet of space dedicated to children and their families. The groundbreaking is planned for September 2012, with an expected opening in 2015.