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Construction Update Blog:

Week of November 14

This week, I thought I'd write a bit about the building's theme as well as an update of the construction progress.

Our theme in the building is Arkansas, the Natural State (of course, "Healing is in our Nature" here at Arkansas Children's Hospital)!  This theme is carried over from our Main Hospital front lobby area, where we have a large tree (made of resin), some ducks, two large fish tanks, a small waterfall, and flooring designed to resemble train tracks and a stone path. 

In the South Wing, a four-story structure, we've made the theme follow the different height elevations in the state, with the first floor having features like one might see in Stuttgart or Helena ("where the river meets the delta), and the fourth floor having features like one might see in Eureka Springs or Fayetteville ("where the air meets the mountains").  The second floor's theme is "where the forest meets the river", while the third floor is themed "where the mountain meets the forest".  To give you an example of how this works, the first floor Emergency Department nurses' station is made to look like the front of a tugboat, and there is a water-jet cut flooring icon of a duck in reeds and cattails.  For the fourth floor, the family houses have coloring and a roofline design that one might see on a Victorian house in Eureka Springs.  These designs were developed by Nancy Bounds at Cromwell Architects-Engineers, to give all of our patients, families, visitors, and staff both pleasant and familiar surroundings, using our wonderful state's natural beauty as a backdrop.

This week, the family house fronts on the 4th floor CVICU area really started to take shape.  The house fronts are designed with purple and green accents, with exterior residential-grade windows and the roofline actually hanging from the wall, to give the space the feeling of a real house.  As our patients and families are sometimes here at ACH for many weeks or months, we hope that these family houses will be a warm and welcoming place while they are away from home. 

Also this past week, the roof garden's streetlamp-type lights were installed, adding a bit of ambiance to the area.  The terrazzo flooring in the first floor and second floor is still being installed as well.  It takes several weeks to get all of it installed, as it's an epoxy-based product that takes time to install, set, and be polished.  It's the same flooring material that is in our Main Hospital lobby, as mentioned above, and it will have cool designs including a waterfall, some neat floor icons like a mountain cabin and fish, as well as other nature-inspired patterns.

We are looking forward to the delivery of the large trees for the roof garden, which should occur fairly soon.  Once the trees are in place, the garden feel will really start to take shape!

Try to stay warm and dry this week!  We'll update you next week with tales from the construction site, including some funny tidbits from tours and the construction crew.

Lori Howard
Director of Facilities Design & Planning
Arkansas Children's Hospital
Design Project Manager, South Wing

Arkansas Children's Hospital
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Little Rock, AR 72202-3591

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