It’s not just patients that need to be considered when medical centres are in the design phase, the health and wellbeing of employees should also be taken into consideration. Residents of the American state of Colorado are famous for embracing an outdoor lifestyle of hiking and skiing. So when it comes to healthcare staff working in a 24/7 environment, every opportunity to access nature in some way goes a long way toward promoting their health and wellness.
When Children’s Hospital Colorado South Campus opened in Highlands Ranch, Colorado in 2013, it included a glass stair tower that serves as an iconic exterior anchor but brings much more to the table inside.
When Children’s Hospital Colorado South Campus opened in Highlands Ranch, Colorado in 2013, it included a glass stair tower that serves as an iconic exterior anchor but brings much more to the table inside. (Link: https://www.childrenscolorado.org/your-visit/locations/)
The stairwell itself serves as a destination for staff by offering abundant natural light and stellar lookout points to the surrounding community, with main landings boasting views of the Rocky Mountains and intermediate landings located at the building’s extreme corners treating users to a panoramic of the local landscape.
The effort to promote and support population health and wellness has a huge influence on healthcare inspiring the planning, design, and construction community. This tower in Colorado not only provides a valued outdoor connection, but the vertical climb keeps staff moving as opposed to opting for elevators.
Employees use the space for both respite and exercise, and it’s inspired changes at the main campus, too. There, an addition of a mural inside its staff stairway was made to mimic the design intent of the south campus and entice workers to get their steps in.