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When Children's Hospital of the King's Daughters (CHKD) decided to expand their Behavioral Health service line in Eastern Virginia, they engaged Array Architects to help them imagine the project. Our team worked to understand and develop both the clinical and design goals for the project to create a dignified and unique experience for patients. Through a series of exercises, including current and future state mapping, site visits, and experience mapping, the team refined the approach for the planning, design and clinical services of the project to conceptualize a transformative facility. CHKD's patient/family advisory council played an important role in this process, helping the team refine concepts around the use of color, light, sound, aromatherapy and tactile materials to create positive distractions for the patients.
By defining the principles and goals of the project, we created a framework that could be used as a barometer for ideas as we moved through the process. The concept of transformation was one guiding principle in the design of the facility, aligning strongly with the clinical outcomes that will result from the exceptional work CHKD will achieve with the children and adolescents in their care. CHKD's clinical approach is also guided by the concept of family-centered care, and that requires the family to be part of the care and treatment of their child. This led to a unique planning and design approach to the unit to integrate the family members into the facility while allowing them to have respite areas outside of the unit.
During our session, we will explore the planning and design challenges of this project and the unique solutions the team developed to overcome them. Attendees will…