HSHS St. Vincent Hospital has served the community of Green Bay, WI, for more than 130 years. In 2015, the healthcare provider announced a dedicated children’s hospital within its existing facility, and four years later took its commitment to area kids a step further with the opening of the HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital Pediatric Emergency Center.
The 2,500 square feet of renovated space includes a large play area with interactive games, a spacious waiting room and six patient rooms specifically designed for children. The ultimate goal was to create an environment of hope and healing, which was done through the use of evidence-based design. The new facility was intended to put families at ease, utilizing forest murals at the head of each bed and a Northwoods theme throughout. Customizable colored lighting offers kids the opportunity to choose their favorite color within each patient room.
The flooring was used to create spaces that look like a forest pathway with large, pebble-like insets and green sheet vinyl to represent grass, complementing the overall nature theme. The floor pattern follows the shape of a few wall graphics in order to extend the pathway visually. A challenge successfully met was unique pattern cutting and ensuring that pattern lines lined up to wall graphics. To illustrate, there is a path cut into the hallway that meets up to a path in the tree graphic on the wall; these line up to create Trompe l’oeil.
HJ Martin & Son Inc. of Green Bay, WI used UZIN PE 280, NC 888, NC 886, and NC 182 to form a substrate that was flat and in specification of the vinyl flooring installation over the top.