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)