SurfaceSet® 2020 Brings Fresh Healthcare Designs to Life

Welcome to the SurfaceSet® 2020 collection. The collection features three palettes that uncovers the overlap between natural, human and digital aspects.

Regarding material selection, project leaders at hospitals, clinics, and medical office buildings ask about durability, sustainability, and infection control. “Controlling infection is always at the top of the list for hospitals,” Donner said. “Environmental services teams need to be able to maintain clean surfaces easily. The surfaces we use have to undergo stringent cleaning, often with bleach.” Selecting durable, non-porous surfaces for countertops and casework is key to this. Donner noted that in addition to cleanliness, many of her clients are focused on sustainable materials because they know it’s important for the environment and simply “the right thing to do.”

Durability across all elements rings true for Higgins as well. She said that her healthcare clients leverage a lot of solid surfaces with anti-microbial properties for high-traffic countertops such as nurses’ stations, reception desks, and patient rooms. With round-the-clock usage, these typically require frequent cleaning and may be exposed to water. “Our goal is to take a product and make it as durable as we can,” she said, adding that this includes custom casework packages where the firm uses laminates for cabinetry in a variety of spaces, such as waiting areas, public spaces, and patient rooms. “We often work within a value engineering framework that requires balancing cost with longevity. It’s important we (designers) and hospital staff make the right material selection decisions during the project so down the road their surfaces stand the test of time.”

4924 NG Greige Softwood 9511H 58 Layered Sand

Formica® Laminates Deliver the Functionality Healthcare Clients Need With Lasting Beauty

The need for clean, long-lasting surfaces in healthcare dictates several important requirements as designers select and install surfaces.

Durability: Healthcare interiors featuring neutral palettes will span the test of time as these facilities may only renovate every 15-20 years—and surfaces need to last.

Hygienic: Anti-microbial, chemical resistant, and non-porous surfaces add to the utmost in durability to stand up to the stringent cleaning required to control the spread of disease.

Colour: Neutral palettes that incorporate a calming blend of warm and cool colours are pleasing to the eye. Adding an occasional pop of colour brings interest to cafeterias, gift shops, waiting areas, and pediatrics floors where subtle brights help establish a creative, welcoming environment.

7412 58 Planked Raw Oak

Texture: Patterns that mimic natural elements like linen, stone, wood, plants, and even leather bring thoughts of home or hospitality settings. Textures reminiscent of the area, including mountains, deserts, water, and grasses can be subtly mimicked in furniture and accent surfaces. 

Visual Diversity: Distraction from the events of the day is important in healthcare. Colour and texture both play a role in this when it comes to visual diversity. This concept uses points of intrigue to give waiting family members or patients receiving treatments such as chemotherapy something interesting to observe. This can be achieved by blending woods, incorporating textured vertical surfaces for walls and doors, bringing in interesting colours, and highlighting local artwork.

Cost Control: Healthcare budgets are under tremendous pressure today with changing regulations, reduced reimbursements, and a host of other challenges. When it comes to design for new or existing spaces, leadership and clinical teams need to feel they are achieving something appealing, functional, and cost effective. This applies to both the surfaces selected and the ability to accommodate future changes flexibly as required.

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