The 334,000 SF, nine-story Randall Children’s Hospital, designed by ZGF, consolidates pediatric services in a family-centered care environment and creates a new identity for the children’s hospital, as well as a new front door to the Legacy Emanuel Medical Center campus. This facility houses 165 inpatient beds in single rooms for acute care, neonatal intensive care, and pediatric intensive care. It also includes a new pediatric emergency department, a short-stay unit, the Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorder Unit, a pharmacy, and a rehabilitation gym. A new garden off the first floor lobby adds an open space to the garden culture well-established on the campus. A terrace garden on the third floor is designed to provide a variety of environments, including areas for play, conversation, and contemplation. The hospital features a number of amenity spaces for patients, families, and staff, including two-story family lounges, a dedicated art studio and movie theater, a teen center, a workout facility, staff break rooms, and lounges. A key design objective was to integrate soft curving forms throughout the interior design of the hospital. The interiors also celebrate four uplifting color palettes and animal motifs representing the geographic regions served by the hospital: the Willamette Valley, the Cascade Mountain Range, the Oregon Coast, and the desert. Commissioned art, environmental graphics, and art created by patients are also integrated throughout the hospital to provide positive distractions and enliven spaces.
One of the hospital’s Guiding Principles, the role of art was established as a major contributor to developing a healing, animated environment. Art is intended to be a catalyst for providing positive distractions, creating destinations, and enlivening spaces. From the frieze in the lobby and trees and birdhouses in the gallery, to the animals and other environmental graphics in the corridors and patient rooms, the art installations in Randall Children’s Hospital contribute to an inspiring and healing environment for all to enjoy.