SUN CITY WEST DECISION TEAM
Most of the expense for the design for the space was delegated to the reception and optical dispensing area. The rationale behind this design decision was to create a first-rate impression on your patients since your waiting room makes a statement about your practice… We wanted is to make sure that it is a good one.
By adding the light fixtures indicated on A103 to the circular foyer, we create a small, welcoming pre-foyer, a comfortable entrance area is the first step in setting the mood and making that good first impression.
As your patients cross the threshold into your reception area, the space is designed so that they can see the receptionist as soon as they enter, making wayfinding easy, but still allow them to have a glimpse of the optical dispensing area and a hint of good things to come.
We selected materials that emphasize an organic visual element. Our rationale behind these decisions was based in the fact that natural scenes reduce stress levels. Anything that we can do design-wise to diminish “white coat syndrome” is a plus for you and your patients.
All paint is specified is washable. In addition, walls that are not painted, are clad in acrylic panels manufactured by 3form that also are easily cleanable.
There are two types of flooring specified. In the reception area where asepsis is not a primary concern, we are suggesting carpet to reduce the noise level. We are recommending carpet tiles manufactured by Flor. Once properly installed, these carpet tiles are indistinguishable from traditional rolled carpet. The major advantage of this type carpeting is twofold. First, if a section becomes stained is easy for your staff to remove the one piece and replace it. Second, assuming your lease allows, the carpeting can be picked up and relocated to another location should you decide to lease elsewhere allowing you to recapture some of your leasehold improvement cost. The second flooring selection are ceramic tiles, primarily for their ability to be easily cleaned.
Although most designers advise incandescent rather than fluorescent lighting because of its more comfortable “homey feel” I am suggesting LED because it will save you on energy costs, (light and HVAC) and now by selecting a specific color temperature, (3000 K) you will achieve the same feel.
All of the tables, seating, and desks are from a manufacturer called Haworth. This product line is universally available nationwide so you should not have any difficulty acquiring it. In addition, by purchasing from the same line, you may be able to get a better price break on your order.
We’ve suggested chairs over sofas for two reasons, first, we don’t know what your patient population is. Assuming a family practice with all ages and abilities, this is the most versatile seating type. (The elderly and infirm often have difficulty getting up from a sofa without the help of sturdy arms.) Close to the optical dispensing area we grouped the chairs in a format that replicates sofas so that patients needing to maintain control (moms with kids) or support (elderly patient) have that option available.
We hope that you find the thought and consideration that placed to this project useful.
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