Dialysis patients typically undergo treatment for three to five hours, multiple days a week. To support CDC’s mission of providing better, more convenient care to under-served populations, Perspectus put patient experience at the center of design. Hemodialysis (or the process of filtering blood) was conceptualized by using louvres to filter light and sightlines throughout the building.
The building reflects design on a human scale. Individual treatment bays were designed first, then used as building blocks for the plan layout and building enclosure. Clusters of bays are oriented around shared support areas to maximize staff efficiency and access to patients. Finishes provide clean lines with visual warmth, and treatment areas address patient temperature sensitivity, providing access to daylight.
In the lobby, an illuminated feature wall mimics the daylight filtered through the exterior louvres, and serves as a backdrop for an open stair. The second floor features a large, multipurpose classroom that can be subdivided into smaller classrooms, as well as a training room, educator workspaces, conference rooms, and meeting spaces for staff.
“What we liked most about [this design was] how it elevates the experience... and brings a bit of dignity to this type of treatment.”
Brandon Pace, FAIA Jury Chair for 2020 AIA Ohio Design Awards and Principal, Sanders Pace Architecture