Maryland hospital uses biophilia to create human-centric design

October 4, 2019

The White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, uses biophilic elements to offer a human-centric design. Photo © Sam Kittner[1]
The White Oak Medical Center in Silver Spring, Maryland, uses biophilic elements to offer a human-centric design.
Photo © Sam Kittner

The White Oak Medical Center[2] in Silver Spring, Maryland, has utilized biophilic design elements to create a human-centric space and offer a calming, organic environment to support the healing process.

The bucolic site inspired CallisonRTKL[3]’s design team—the building’s wooden façade reflects the area’s lush, forested setting. Light-filled public spaces, roof gardens, courtyards, a dining terrace, and walking trails promote a restorative healing environment.

The hospital is tracking toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold and features a 48 percent reduction in energy consumption from its previous facility due to its sustainable use of cogeneration.

There are also human-centric design elements in the maternity department that features a labor delivery room with access to the green roof terrace.

Endnotes:
  1. [Image]: https://www.constructionspecifier.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/10/Opener-2.jpg
  2. White Oak Medical Center: https://www.adventisthealthcare.com/locations/profile/white-oak-medical-center/
  3. CallisonRTKL: https://www.callisonrtkl.com/

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