2022 Design Showcase Honorable level out: Munroe-Meyer Institute

confronted with an growing older facility, the Munroe-Meyer Institute (MMI) in Omaha, Neb., obtained all of the means down to transform a former office constructing proper into a mannequin new dwelling for the evaluation institute and specialty clinic. The aim was for it to accommodate the institute’s better than a hundred companies for individuals with mental/developmental disabilities.

The enterprise, submitted to the Design Showcase by Altus Architectural Studios Inc. (Omaha), was accomplished in June 2021. It consists of a 200,000-sq.-foot renovation of the office constructing as properly as to 21,000 sq. ft of latest constructing that included an aquatic center and gymnasium.

The enterprise group utilized a set of evaluation-based mostly guiding ideas to create a sensory-nice ambiance. Design options embrace soothing colours, managed lighting, and respite nooks that will serve a various of sufferers, collectively with these on the autism spectrum or with extreme behavioral factors.

The group additionally labored to create an space that doesn’t really feel childlike, to enchantment to sufferers of all ages. options range from using shade to work together and enhance wayfinding to using optimistic distractions to mitigate stress.

furthermore, acoustics, supplies various, and tactile finishes have been chosen to face up to heavy use however retain a welcoming and cozy really feel, whereas distinctive areas have been deliberate particularly for supposed makes use of akin to occupational remedy rooms and early-intervention school rooms.

Anne DiNardo is authorities editor of Healthcare Design. She is in all probability reached at [email protected].

be taught extra regarding the Design Showcase winners all by means of an awards luncheon on the 2022 HCD convention + Expo, occurring Oct. eight-eleven, in San Antonio. this method might even honor the winners of Healthcare Design’s transform/Renovation opponents and Rising Stars packages. For extra particulars and to register, go to HCDexpo.com.