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A Healing Journey of Light – life Affirming Space for Young Cancer Patients

12 Aug 2015

A Healing Journey of Light Supported by DuPont Corian

Life affirming space for young cancer patients

Thoughtful design focused on the patient and their family has the potential to change the clinical hospital environment into something personal and profound. To that end, the architecture has been developed as a journey of light and healing featuring DuPont™ Corian® advanced surfacing material.

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The Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital. In the picture, the interactive touch screen wall for playing games and watching movies. Made entirely of DuPont™ Corian® in the Glacier Ice and Glacier White colours, showcasing how the material can be formed into virtually any shape or design through thermoforming and routing; photo courtesy of University Hospitals, all rights reserved.

August 2015 – The Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital provides the latest medical advancements in treatment for cancer and blood disorders in young patients. Located in Cleveland (Ohio, USA) and situated on the top three floors of the hospital, the Institute specifically caters to infants, children, adolescents and young adults while helping to advance the development of new approaches to eliminate the burden of cancer for these generations.

Angie’s Institute – through a unique partnership with the Livestrong Foundation and the National Cancer Institute – features a one of a kind dedicated outpatient treatment facility. Designed by the national architecture and interior design firm, Stanley Beaman & Sears (SBS), the newly renovated space on the 8th floor of the hospital is one of the first in the country to offer separate, age-appropriate outpatient areas, technologies and amenities for babies/children and adolescents/young adults.

The Institute also includes the 7th floor on which the soon-to-be-constructed expanded inpatient unit for paediatric and young adult patients will feature all private rooms with sleeping accommodations for parents. A rooftop garden on the 9th floor is also an integral part of the design.

“This is a life-affirming space,” said Dr. John Letterio, professor of paediatrics at CWRU and chief of the division of paediatric haematology/oncology at UH RBCH, “where adolescents and young adults can be treated in the most comfortable environment you can create and be able to commune with nature.”

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The reception area and welcome wall of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital. The Journey of Light begins on the 8th floor. The rounded desk is made of solid DuPont™ Corian® in the Antarctica colour, which is a soft white textured, with large bright white particles. A 60-foot curved welcome wall made of translucent smooth white DuPont™ Corian® in the Glacier Ice colour is illuminated from within with ever-changing neon colours; photo courtesy of University Hospitals, all rights reserved.

By that, he refers to Angie’s Garden, a magical place on the rooftop of Rainbow’s 9th floor. The lovely, colourful and imaginative outdoor space has multiple seating areas, including one under a rainbow-hued canopy. A sense of peace and respite is enhanced by the greenery and a water garden with bird and cricket sounds. Whimsical features abound, such as a moving apple tree sculpture and a giant kaleidoscope.

SBS architect Brian Peterka led the effort to incorporate a variety of life-affirming attributes and to convey a sense of light into the overall design. A critical element of the design was to promote wellness, comfort and distraction, features of key importance when dealing with the fears of young patients. Understanding that light in hospitals can affect mood, sleep and pain, and ultimately healing were driving considerations in developing a theme of light for the Institute’s overall design: the Journey of Light.

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The reception teen lounge of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital. DuPont™ Corian® in Antarctica colour with its pebbly grain is used throughout the space on all the counter surfaces while DuPont™ Corian® in the Glacier Ice colour is the smooth white material used for the floating ceiling light discs; photo courtesy of University Hospitals, all rights reserved.

The aim was to create functional yet non-hospital like lighting and treatment areas that were calming, reassuring and even entertaining. Creating elevated spaces utilizing materials that not only radiated physical lightness, but also had the ability to glow and become translucent was the challenge. For Peterka and the team of fabricators and contractors, the only real choice was DuPont™ Corian® advanced surfacing material. As he said, “We could form it and float it.”

The Journey of Light begins in the reception area of the Angie Fowler Institute which is on the 8th floor. The rounded desk is made of DuPont™ Corian® in the Antarctica colour, which is soft white textured, with bright white particles.

A 60 foot long, curved welcome wall made of translucent smooth white DuPont™ Corian® in the Glacier Ice colour is illuminated from within with ever-changing neon colours. It gives the illusion of being underwater and is mesmerizing to watch.

To meet the psycho-social needs of one patient age group, a bright, spacious and very cool teen lounge was created. Large windows make the space feel open and unconfined.

Decorated in blues, purple and orange, the lounge is furnished with comfortable chairs, ottomans and cosy window seats. DuPont™ Corian® in Antarctica with its pebbly grain is used throughout the space on all the counter surfaces while DuPont™ Corian® in Glacier Ice is the smooth white material used for the floating ceiling light discs.

There is also an interactive touch screen wall for playing games and watching movies. The wall and frame are made entirely of DuPont™ Corian® in Glacier Ice and Glacier White, showcasing how the material can be formed into virtually any shape or design through thermoforming and routing.

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Interiors of the Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute at University Hospitals (UH) Rainbow Babies & Children Hospital. At one end of the lounge is a circular glass room, called Grant’s Place, which can be closed off for privacy. The custom overhead light fixture is also made of DuPont™ Corian® in Glacier Ice colour; photo courtesy of University Hospitals, all rights reserved.

At one end of the lounge is a circular glass room, called Grant’s Place, which can be closed off for privacy. The custom overhead light fixture is also made of DuPont™ Corian® in Glacier Ice colour.

DuPont™ Corian® in Antarctica and Glacier White is also used throughout the common areas including care team station booths, and in all the treatment and exam rooms, including the sinks and countertops. To prevent the spread of infection, nonporous DuPont™ Corian® solid surface was the ideal choice for these high traffic/high touch areas – not only easy to clean but easy to maintain.

The Angie Fowler Adolescent & Young Adult Cancer Institute is already a destination centre and national focal point for adolescent and young adult oncology research and treatment. Their different model of care required an innovative and patient-centred design that explored how DuPont™ Corian® could be formed.

About DuPont™ Corian® – First created as a high performance material for kitchen and bathroom worktops, DuPont™ Corian® is now – thanks to its unique combination of functionality, versatility and beauty – a leading global brand among surfacing materials for

interior design and architecture. Over the years, DuPont has transformed DuPont™ Corian® solid surface into an exceptional design tool for every application you can imagine. Kitchens, bathrooms, lighting, furnishing, facades, seating, radiators, home automation, touch control surfaces: today, DuPont™ Corian® can be found almost everywhere in commercial, residential and public space environments.

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