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Central DuPage Hospital

Open since 1964, Central DuPage Hospital offers comprehensive medical and surgical services to communities in Chicago's western suburbs. The hospital is part of an interdependent network of healthcare organizations and services, including convenient care centers, occupational health services, home health and hospice care. Central DuPage Hospital (CDH) is committed to its goal of promoting the health and well-being of the community it serves.

A multi-year renovation and expansion project is scheduled for the hospital that will redefine the look and feel of the campus and create a more efficient facility for patients, visitors and staff. Recently a new Pediatric Short Stay (PSS) unit was built. PSS is intended for children requiring less than 24 hours of inpatient medical care; it contains seven private suites, each including a bathroom, sleeping accommodations for parents, plasma televisions and DVD players

"We were able to create a design that uses color, light and shape to define a youthful environment rather than typical theme-like spaces," said Margi Kaminski, interior designer for RTKL. "Each sweeping design element leads into the next, creating an experience that is uplifting for young patients during their brief stay at the hospital."

Other details of the new design include a fiber optic "star-lit" ceiling that greets the new visitor, a wave of "bubble" glass tile that leads down the corridor and a curved glass wall, that invites the on-looker to peer inside a play room. The design is punctuated by bold use of color and circular shapes on soffits, walls and floors.

"The design is timeless, not gender or age specific and combines cutting-edge design with excellence in pediatric care for this specialty unit," adds Kaminski.

When the Pediatric Short Stay unit at Central DuPage Hospital was constructed during the fall of 2009, the hospital wanted to provide a cheerful and inviting environment without appearing too juvenile since its patients' ages range from newborn to eighteen years.

Cortina Grande commercial resilient tile offered the flexibility to create interesting designs and a wide range of color options to provide the desired aesthetics. Plus, its reduced maintenance qualities and the superior performance warranty met the facility's needs within budget.

About the Partnership with RTKL – Chicago

RTKL's Chicago office continues to be pleased with the look and performance of Cortina Grande tile. The product's design flexibility, color range and reduced maintenance qualities provide the right flooring solution for CDH. In fact, RTKL, Azrock and Mr. David's Flooring International recently received Starnet's Grand Prize Crystal Award 2010 for best overall design.

Starnet Design Awards evaluate creative use of floor coverings, flooring design concepts and how well designs meet client objectives and special challenges. Each year the Starnet Design Awards recognize its members who achieve outstanding commercial interiors featuring innovative flooring products and technologies.

Project Facts

Country: USA

City: Chicago, Illinois

Type of Project: New Hospital Construction

Installation Period: 2009

Architect: Garapolo/Maynard Architects (Lou Garapolo)

Interior Designer: RTKL Chicago (Margi Kaminski)

Service Provider: Mr. David's Flooring International

Total Flooring Surface Installed: 4,000 Square Feet

Products Installed: Cortina Grande

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