Well-Being

We design buildings first and foremost for people – spaces that inspire and empower them to work, live, and learn to their greatest potential.

Promoting Patient and Practitioner Health

Stamford Staff Lounge

Stamford Hospital

New Stamford Hospital

Our evidence-based design approach, including partnerships with organizations like Planetree, had led to a growing awareness of the link between design and well-being. In this article from Medical Construction & Design, Lead Designer Tushar Gupta and Research Director Laurie Waggener provide snapshots of some recent  projects and features that address these issues.

Healthcare Design Research Well-Being

The Planetree Philosophy of Design: Embrace, Care, Heal

by Tushar Gupta

The Planetree philosophy is rooted in advancing patient-centered care through better patient and family activation, improved quality and safety, and deeper staff engagement. Most recently we designed a Planetree Designated® Patient-Centered Hospital at Stamford Health that personalizes, humanizes, and demystifies the healthcare experience.

Interprofessional Opportunities

Central staircase

New York University

College of Nursing, College of Dentistry & Bioengineering Institute

Creative learning models bring students together across programs so they can learn to efficiently work together as a team to optimize patient care.

Collaborative Space Advancing Mission

Cafe Society

Lamont Cafe

Harvard University

Lamont Library

Adaptively designed for future flexibility, the modernized library accommodates the changing ways in which people communicate and work today. A 24/7 cafe offers a variety of comfortable seating options and the caffeine to fuel late-night discussions.

Modernization

Inspiration

Union College

Peter Irving Wold Center

The shared labs and common areas encourage students to explore new disciplines and collaborate together in groups.

Room Service: Integrating Food into the Residence Hall

by Sara Stein, Mark Warner

Students today live a 24/7 lifestyle, so residential life and campus dining teams are adapting to improve student services, wellness, and opportunities for community engagement. An increasing number of campuses are integrating food into the residence hall – not only in apartments and suite-style units, but also as focused community spaces that serve residents in a variety of ways. Vibrant social spaces with soft seating, flexible furniture, and a kitchen or food-prep area are popular with good reason: food has always served a cultural function – at the center of social occasions and even unifying regions. In a residence hall, integrating community kitchens and/or a food-service function can highlight the importance that food plays in wellness, education and culture. A kitchen can support residential life programming, enable students to share their culinary heritage, and logistically complement somewhat limited weekend or late-night food service elsewhere on campus. Our recent projects with Trinity College, Duke University, and Pace University integrate food service in varying ways to enhance residential life programs and enrich the student experience.

Exterior entrance detail of Saint Elizabeth's Hospital

DC Department of Behavioral Health

Saint Elizabeths Hospital

Washington, DC

Specialty Services

Advancing a 150-year legacy, the design unobtrusively balances requirements for security and observation with privacy and respect.

exterior view of campus buildings rendering

Pace University

Campus Master Plan Implementation

Pleasantville, NY

Student Life

A sustainable Master Plan consolidates two primarily commuter suburban campuses into one residential campus.

Exterior of Gen*NY*sis Center for Functional Genomics

University at Albany

Gen*NY*Sis Center for Functional Genomics

Rensselaer, NY

Convergence

The flagship facility of the bioscience park collocates academic, industry, and government researchers.

Exterior view of Sugar Land Hospital

Memorial Hermann

Sugar Land Hospital

Sugar Land, TX

Greenfields & Suburban Hospitals

This best-of-class facility emphasizes the client’s attention to the mental, spiritual, and aesthetic aspects of healing.

People-centered Design

by Bhargav Goswami, Tushar Gupta, Mark Vaughan

We believe that we are human beings, caring for other human beings. That simple, profound statement is at the top of the list of Planetree beliefs. Although not every hospital is a part of the Planetree organization, an international advocacy group that partners with healthcare providers to create and support patient-centered care and cultures, healthcare facilities across the country are keenly focused on caring for patients, families and, just as importantly, staff.

Soft Spaces: The New Glue for Science Education

Informal learning spaces, also called "soft spaces," in academic science buildings have evolved from throw-away square footage tucked in alcoves and under staircases to purposefully designed hubs of activity. Experience, now backed by data, shows how important these spaces are.

Living-Learning Research Shows Residential Community Spaces Crucial to Student Success

by Sara Stein

Residential community spaces, including lounges and study areas, come in a variety of shapes and sizes and are crucial to the engagement of students within residence halls. In an article for StudentHousingBusiness.com, EYP student life planner Sara Stein shares our research demonstrating the value – to individuals, the campus community, and the institution – of including an adequate number of flexible community spaces.

An engaged student population builds a strong sense of community, which then directly links back to individual student satisfaction. Engaged and involved students are much more likely to stay on campus at their institution, give back to the community at large, and likely contribute back to their campus as alumni.