Conceptual Design is an early phase of the design process, where the broad outlines of function and form of something are articulated. It includes the design of interactions, experiences, processes and strategies. It involves an understanding of people's needs - and how to meet them with products, services, & processes. Common artifacts of conceptual design are concept sketches and models.
I preface this post by yet again stating that what has been presented thus far, in terms of the potential healthcare campus, are just concepts. In the beginning of each feasibility update, Wold's Josh Ripplinger informed those in attendance that "while what I'm presenting tonight may appear close to finished, it is far from a completed project." Given the info collected during visits to WMC and the AICS Clinic in April, and meetings with committees and staff, he was able to generate conceptual plans for the joint campus SEARHC is kicking the tires on.
That being said, I would like to present to you the first conceptual image of the exterior of the joint WMC/Clinic.
If you want to find your bearings, the far right portion of the above image is the existing AICS Clinic. The concept presented utilizes the current Clinic entrance as the main entrance for the entire facility. Logistically, Wold and SEARHC are still looking into any potential complications that may arise from a shared entrance, waiting area and check-in station, but are confident that with minor renovations, the space could serve the entire theoretical 44,500 sq foot campus.
Going from right to left, patients and staff could travel down two corridors into the hospital portion of the campus. The first areas you'd hit would potentially feature Physical Therapy, and the service areas of the campus (mechanical, I.T., laundry, etc...). Keep heading West and you'll pass the Imaging department on your left, which would no longer require CT to be housed in a trailer, and an expanded Laboratory area on your right.
The far left wing on the above image houses Emergency, Acute Care and Long Term Care (LTC). You'll notice the canopy on front of the Emergency area. Acute Care will feature four rooms, each capable housing two patients to meet rare surges in patients. LTC will feature larger, individual rooms, meaning no more roommates. There will also be more dedicated living areas for LTC, including separate activities and dining rooms, along with additional family areas.
We'll dive into the conceptual floorplan in the coming days. For now, I just wanted to give you a peek at what the exterior might look like. Below is an except from Josh's presentation, which shows what features Wold was looking to carry over from the Clinic in an attempt to make this look like it was designed as one building.
As far as the conceptuals go, I'd say Wold is successful in matching the addition with the existing. It also makes it easy to imagine what a finished product may look like.
I hope readers don't get their heart set on a particular design. I cannot state enough that these are just ideas on paper (or in this blog's case, digital). Changes will happen, whether that be on the design-end or the healthcare-end. How many changes and how dramatic? Only time will tell. It's just nice to see something. It makes it feel more real.
I'll be dissecting the feasibility update presentation and design concepts for the next few weeks. If you have any questions or comments, do not hesitate to contact me. I encourage you to share these posts on Facebook, or by whatever means you do your sharing.