Unconventional Design Drives Industry Recognition for Taylor Design’s Work on UCSF Ambulatory Care Center
San Francisco, CA (April 28, 2016) — Taylor Design, a solution-oriented architecture, environments and strategies firm, has earned four industry awards for its work on the University of California, San Francisco Ambulatory Care Center (ACC) 5 Heart & Vascular Clinic.
To create the optimal patient experience, Taylor Design delivered a design that has been recognized by leading organizations that include: International Interior Design Association of Northern California (IIDA NC) 2017 Honor Award; Orange County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) 2016 Merit Award for Commercial Interiors; 2016 Contract Magazine and the Center for Health Design Healthcare Environment Award, Honorable Mention; and 2016 Healthcare Design Renovation Award, Staff Spaces.
On reflection, Kevin Hinrichs, principal, director, Taylor Design’s San Francisco office, emphasized that the project stands out because of its unconventional approach for a healthcare environment. Plus a number of the ideas integrated into the UCSF project are trends that will continue to drive healthcare design:
Unique Aesthetics: The project encourages a non-traditional look and feel which is becoming more appreciated and expected by patients. The UCSF clinic optimizes panoramic views to benefit patients, their families and staff with sweeping views of downtown San Francisco including the Golden Gate Bridge. The furniture and finishes mirror both the natural hues of the surrounding park and the monochromatic hues of the city. Raw concrete columns were left exposed inside the space to contrast with the warm wood utilized on the entry wall for richness and texture.
Improved Staff Workflow: The clinic space was designed to provide an on-stage/off-stage environment that delineates the public facing spaces from the staff and clinician-only spaces. The light-filled staff areas, accessed behind reception and connected along open circulation, promote communication and collegiality. This layout supports a team-based staffing model that changes the idea of a traditional doctor’s office whereby the team is now working together in a hub.
Flexibility: By combining functionality and flexibility in the room design and use, UCSF gains from a more productive use of its overall real estate. More efficient design also reduces staff travel distance.
“Team collaboration really made the difference,” shared Jamison Delfino, associate/senior interior designer, Taylor Design. “Specifically we benefitted from the users who contributed thoughts that fueled creative ideas, which then developed into a great sense of pride in their working environment. Once the staff is taken care of, they can focus more intently on providing the patient with the optimum experience.”
“This project underscores the importance of working with a client that challenges themselves and its design team to do something exceptional,” added Hinrichs.
About Taylor Design: Taylor Design is a full-service design firm that collaborates with clients to learn together and develop powerful user-based solutions, places and services that drive value and are effective, valid and delightful. The firm’s three practices in architecture, environments and strategies are united in their use of design as both a point of view, and a unifying method for its work. With offices in northern and southern California, Taylor Design’s dynamic and effective strategy-based practice assures that decisions made at every stage of the design process have a positive impact on organizations and communities. Clients of the firm have included: UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland; UC Berkeley; UCSF Medical Center, San Francisco; Stanford University; SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory; San Mateo County; Scripps Health, San Diego; UC San Diego Health System, San Diego; UC Irvine Health, Orange County; Hoag Health Network, Orange County; as well as numerous service areas for Kaiser Permanente, among others. For more information on the firm visit www.WeAreTaylor.com