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The Don & Lori Watts Pediatric Center at the Kadlec Regional Medical Center offers a unique experience with a pleasant surprise around every corner for patients and visitors alike.

Thanks to community efforts which raised over $7 million for the pediatric center and a fresh look by Curtis Group Architects, the new facility began admitting its first patients in November, 2009. “We really got the look we wanted with Armstrong® products,” according to Jennifer Hodges, interior designer for the project.

Century Farm Commercial Hardwood Hickory Natural is used in the family room to create the feel of “resort,” “get-away” or “haven.” “I love the rich details in the hardwood; it completes the soothing, luxurious atmosphere and creates a peaceful respite for families and friends,” said Hodges. Armstrong Dune™ and Axiom® Classic Perimeter Trim create additional focal points in the ceiling.

“In the pediatric wing, we selected linoleum because of the variety of colors, low maintenance, and its soft feel,” she continued. “We created an aquatic look using LinoArt MARMORETTE Linoleum and LinoArt LINORETTE Linoleum products and the floors really do look like water due to the marbling and beautiful colors available in the Armstrong lines.

Fish and other aquatic creatures were created with linoleum insets throughout the hallways. The ceilings are dotted with SoundScapes® Shapes in circle designs, which provides a distraction for children as they are being wheeled on stretchers. “The kids can count the number of circles it takes to get from their room to another location,” said Hodges. Unique aquatic species appear on the floors as insets in each patient room to entertain and educate the children. “This makes the kids feel special, because they are not just staying in the octopus room, they are staying in the ‘Blue Ring’ octopus room,” she continued. “It takes their minds off what they are really there for, by creating interest from the floor to the ceiling.”


Kadlec Regional Medical Center
Richland, WA
Curtis Group Architects
Hardwood, Linoleum
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