Art was not an afterthought at the new Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital in Grand Rapids. It was part of the plan to promote healing its young patients and their parents—and integral to the building as a result.
The 206-bed children’s hospital features more than 600 works of art, many by local children. The building’s colorful terrazzo floors won an honorable mention at the 2011 NTMA Honor Awards.
One of the goals of the hospital was to create “a place where children would feel comfortable, happy, and hopeful, particularly when what they may be feeling as they enter the hospital is far from those emotions.”
Everywhere in the facility, which opened in January 2011, children have something cool to look at, much of it created by children. Images and colors of water, land, sky, and animals combine to create a sense of calm and healing, from the floors to the ceilings.
Terrazzo Contractor: Central Tile & Terrazzo (Kalamazoo, MI)
Architect: Jonathan Bailey & Associates, Rockwell Design (Dallas, TX)
General Contractor: Turner/Wolverine Construction (Detroit, MI)
Owner: Spectrum Health (Grand Rapids, MI)
Aggregate Supplier: Terrazzo & Marble Supply Companies (Wheeling, IL)
Airports are typically filled with stressed-out travelers frazzled by delays, lines and security. RS&H Architecture, the architects of the Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport terminal, hired SKP Design to help alleviate some of that stress.
Their solution was terrazzo.
Sondra Phillips, owner of SKP, oversaw the terrazzo river design that now stretches along the second floor bridge of the airport terminal. Phillips and the architects decided on terrazzo for its long lifespan and ability to convey the shimmer and swirls of an actual river with the use of recycled glass, mother of pearl, and stone.
SKP Design worked with contractor Central Tile & Terrazzo to execute their naturalistic vision for the terminal bridge on time and under budget.
The bridge has been easing travelers’ nerves while also representing the many treasured rivers that run through southwest Michigan since the new terminal’s opening in April 2011.
To view more terrazzo samples, visit the NCTA’s Design Gallery, or view the Terrazo Color Palette.
You can learn more about the NCTA here.