Tranquility from architecture: An ambulatory surgical center near Post, Texas
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Thesis Statement This surgical center is an Architectural response to occupant health within the built environment through relief of anxiety, strain, and fatigue found in the details that heal and the circulation for patients, families, and staff. Facility Statement The design of this facility seeks to provide a unified solution of modem medicine and architecture. From state of the art technology used by the staff to finite architectural detailing that enhances the experience of this facility, this design is concerned with the users. It is intended for patients, their families, and the staff who work there. For guests of this facility, there are many amenities available such as a cafe, prayer garden, scenic views, a comfortable waiting room, and the tranquility of its location. Patients will enjoy large individual suites, which include private bathrooms, a vanity, large vistas of the caprock, and plenty of space for family members to be with them immediately before and after their procedure. The staff will have lounges both inside and outside the sterile areas complete with kitchenette and computer stations. The staff also has locker rooms and work areas tailored to their individual needs. Scope of Project The old school of thought in medical design was functionality above all else. There was no thought put into aesthetics or even the comfort of the occupants. Most of us have probably been inside one of those old buildings. They are typically windowless, are painted white, have only fluorescent lighting, no carpet, and are generally not considered to be pleasant as seen in figure 1. Today there is a new philosophy. There is the idea that you can still retain the functionality of the building and make the occupants feel comfortable. Now we know that day lighting, garden views, and colorful finishes can actually make people recover faster and alleviate stress (figure 2). I believe that we must consider the psychological impact of the surgical process in order to design this type of facility. Only then will we be able to create a place that has a positive influence on the recovery of a patient. The scope of this project, put quite simply, is a small ambulatory surgical center targeted towards the rural elderly population. Context Statement On the South Plains, there is a growing community of elderly rural people. These people typically prefer the slow steady pace that the country offers. Inevitably it becomes necessary for these people to have surgical procedures done for their continued well being. The prospect of going into a city to have this procedure done is not a positive one. For someone who is not used to the fast hustle and bustle of the city, the journey can be a tough one. That is where this facility is able to set itself apart from others like it. Located in a country setting, patients can come to this center set on the edge of the scenic cap rock. Sited off of the Lubbock-Post highway, patients will have no trouble finding the facility. With no other buildings in the immediate area, this site offers peace and quiet.