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Insets depicting variety of indigenous wildlife and vegetation highlight
While this may sound like an assortment of wildlife you would find in a zoo, it’s actually what patients and their families are finding in the new Acute Care Pavilion of the Anne Arundel Medical Center (AAMC) in Annapolis, Maryland. Only in this case, the animals aren’t real; they are custom-designed patterns that are inset into the facility’s colorful new vinyl floor.
Located on the outskirts on Annapolis, the new 277,000-square-foot facility replaces a much older facility that was located in the historic area of the city. When it came to the design of the new hospital, Carolyn Core, Vice President of Corporate Services for the Medical Center had some definite goals in mind. "First and foremost," she says, "we wanted it to have a warm, nurturing environment that would help the patients get better as well as make their families feel more comfortable."
Nature Theme Featured in Vinyl Floors
Vinyl Tile Chosen for Patient Rooms
When it came to selecting a floor covering for these areas, Core notes that she and her team investigated a number of different materials. "We looked at the cost, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each. We even installed trial floors in high traffic areas to see how they held up." Following the tests, vinyl composition tile was chosen for all the patient rooms, clinical care corridors and a number of examination rooms.
Armstrong MultiColor vinyl composition tile in light-colored Rodeo Fawn was selected as the principal resilient floor in the new facility. MultiColor tile features a tone-on-tone visual comprised of three base colors and four accent colors. This combination of colors provides the flexibility to change and/or renovate other interior finishes that coordinate with the floor without replacing the floor.
Armstrong Imperial Texture tile in nine different colors was chosen for the borders, geometrics, and custom insets. Imperial Texture tiles feature a "through-pattern" construction, which means the color and pattern extend throughout the thickness of the tile. This helps ensure that the tile’s color and design will last the life of the floor.
First Experience with Custom Insets
The architectural firm responsible for the overall planning and design of the new facility was Wheeler Goodman Masek & Associates of Annapolis. Chuck Goodman, one of the principals, explains that the design of the new hospital is not merely patient focused, but patient/family focused.
"It’s important to take into account the impact of the illness on the family," he says. "From that aspect, anything that can be done to de-institutionalize the environment is beneficial. The integration of nature into the floor is a good example."
The Acute Care Pavilion marked Goodman’s first experience with custom-designed insets in a vinyl floor. "I’m now a believer," he states. "I was amazed at the technical achievement, especially how tight the joints are. It is a very colorful and affordable way of making vinyl flooring do something special."
Vinyl Flooring Easy to Maintain
CUH2A of Princeton, New Jersey, provided the interior design for the project. Jay Blose, CUH2A’s project manager, explains that the old facility was bland when it came to floor coverings. "It had a very clinical appearance with very few accent colors, so it tended to be monotonous and boring."
He adds that, "Our previous experience with this customization technique has proved that pattern and design can be successfully integrated into this type of flooring with both precision and artistry at no sacrifice to the quality of the installation or maintainability of the finished product."
Benefits of Customization Are Many