Children's National Medical Center
10 Years of Innovation
We began working with Children’s National Medical Center (CNMC) in 2008. Our initial project was a master plan for the entire radiology department. Once the masterplan was complete, the phasing and cost of the plan needed realignment with the overall CNMC capital expenditures. Consequently, the plan was broken down into multiple smaller projects that continue to this day.
The overall goal is a complete transformation of the entire department. Each phase incorporates significant and complicated technological advances. Positive distractions appropriate for patients of all ages, and the continued evolution of themes has been a vital design focus of each phase.
Each phase of this project focuses on a specific modality group. Currently in design, the sixth and final phase will complete staff support spaces and provide waiting space for the adjacent outpatient lab.
During our 10-year journey with CNMC, our combined team has created many innovative design solutions that have been presented at multiple national conferences and published in two separate articles in the Journal of the American College of Radiology.
• Children’s Radiology Engineering Architecture Technology Expansion (CREATE) Renovation
• Interventional Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (ICMR) Renovation And Expansion
• The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation Pediatric Ultrasound Scanning Excellence (PULSE) Center
• The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation Molecular Imaging Center
• Imaging Waiting, Lab Waiting, and Staff Support
Awards & Recognition
- 2018 IIDA Healthcare Design Award | Category: Hospitals – Pediatric, The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation Molecular Imaging Center
- 2019 IIDA-MAC Premiere Design Award | Category: under 10K SF, The Elsie & Marvin Dekelboum Family Foundation Molecular Imaging Center
THE ELSIE & MARVIN DEKELBOUM FAMILY FOUNDATION
MOLECULAR IMAGING CENTER
The fourth phase, a 5,251 SF pediatric molecular imaging center, is located deep within the main hospital, just beyond the ultrasound section. We renovated the space to include a new nuclear medicine gamma camera and two SPECT / CT imaging rooms. Inspired by the multiple layers of the long preparation period and the procedure, bioluminescence is as a meaningful theme for this space.
Designed to appeal to children of all ages and sensitivities, the lighting design creates a calming environment to offset the discomfort of a lengthy technical procedure, which is also reassuring and promotes confidence in the patients.
THE ELSIE & MARVIN DEKELBOUM FAMILY FOUNDATION
PEDIATRIC ULTRASOUND SCANNING EXCELLENCE (PULSE) CENTER
Phase three of the renovation included diagnostic and procedural ultrasound rooms and staff support spaces for a department that performs approximately 14,000 diagnostic exams a year. The PULSE Center implements new technology to reduce their patients’ exposure to radiation-based imaging while yielding more precise results. Its biophilic theme of “sound” appeals to children and reflects CNMC’s mission.
Younger children identify with the bright colors throughout the space while older children gravitate more toward educational elements: Life-size whale graphics located on corridor walls and floors; maps indicating species habitat vs. the geographic location of the hospital; or the latin name of each whale / dolphin shown at the entrance of each ultrasound room. In addition, a sound booth in the main corridor offers all patients, visitors and staff the opportunity to explore whale sounds.
INTERVENTIONAL CARDIAC MAGNETIC RESONANCE (ICMR)
RENOVATION AND EXPANSION
The expansion and transformation of the ICMR area was the second phase. This space is used to investigate new diagnostic and treatment options for congenital heart malformations and cardiovascular disorders through precise methods that reduce risk from ionizing radiation. It is utilized by multidisciplinary investigators from CNMC, NIH, and other institutions in the Washington, DC metropolitan area and beyond. This was one of the first combinations of a 1.5T magnet, set up to function as a catheterization lab, and shielded doors on the MR scan room.
CHILDREN’S RADIOLOGY ENGINEERING ARCHITECTURE TECHNOLOGY EXPANSION (CREATE) RENOVATION
CREATE, which was phase one, was designed to elevate Children’s Hospital into the top tier for national integrated research and care in radiology. The project includes 32,860 GSF of existing space in addition to the fit-out of 10,000 GSF of shell space on the 2nd floor of the main hospital. This phase involved installing three new magnetic resonance (MR) scanners, a PET / CT scanner, two 1.5 Tesla (T) machines, and one 3T machine.