New Hospital’s Design Process Embraces Real Life

Architects, nurses and physicians collaborate to refine design of critical rooms at Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital

By Dan Hounsell
June 16, 2021

No more models, drawings and photos. Architects and interior designers working on the new nine-story Cedars-Sinai Marina del Rey Hospital took their work to a whole new level.

To guide the hospital’s design, the architects built sample patient care rooms down to the door knobs, according to Newswise. Then they invited physicians and nurses to visit, inspect and give feedback before the new hospital breaks ground later this year, said Zeke Triana, AIA, vice president of facilities planning, design and construction at Cedars-Sinai.

The team created everything, down to cabinetry, doors, hinges, and hardware in the rooms. The healthcare workers who toured the half a dozen realistic rooms had plenty of suggestions, ranging from the mundane to the high-tech.

For example, staff stood inside an emergency department exam room and asked the architects to rotate the bed and head wall 90 degrees so they could directly face the patient's head from the doorway. Nurses examined the grab bars, soap dispenser and shower curtain in a realistic intensive care unit room and asked to move electrical outlets in a patient room on the medical/surgical floor.

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