My role in the Community Hospital East Emergency Department Expansion project in Indianapolis was to assist the lead architect in the planning and design of the demolition, renovation, and addition of 30,000 SF of space. The new program called for: 36 new exam rooms, 3 trauma treatment rooms, genial radiology, ambulance garage and EMS on-call room, triage and reception, directorial staff and locker rooms, education classrooms, nurse stations and behavioral rooms. My role began with an existing site observation and interpretation of the existing drawing set. Working closely with the planning team, developed the floor plan and created construction document level drawings. I assisted the project architect in user group meetings with nursing and ED staff, including the unique requirements for assault victim exam rooms. During meetings with the hospital staff, the concern for secure treatment rooms resulted in special hardware and life safety strategies. In development of the project set I met with MER structural, and interior design consultants. Special consideration was given to medical gas and all headwall services in the exam rooms, as well as the equipment requirements for the X-ray and EKG machines. I developed the floor plans based on ADA and IBC code review requirements, including the AIA Guidelines for Healthcare as required by the board of health. As a part of exam room planning, a full-scale plywood mockup was constructed allowing for interaction and comment by the full staff.
August 9, 2009