CHILDREN’S MERCY SPORTS MEDICINE CLINIC | BSA LIFE STRUCTURES
AWARDS IIDA MID AMERICA DESIGN AWARDS | HEALTHCARE/ASSISTED LIVING | SILVER /2018
DESIGN ARCHITECT BSA LIFESTRUCTURES | OVERLAND PARK KANSAS OWNER CHILDREN’S MERCY SPORTS MEDICINE CONTRACTOR TURNER CONSTRUCTION STRUCTURAL ENGINEER WALTER P MOORE MEP ENGINEER BRACK + ASSOCIATES
LOCATION KANSAS CITY KANSAS SQUARE FOOTAGE 25,000 SF OPENED 2018 PHOTOGRAPHY MATT KOCOUREK PHOTOGRAPHY
Children’s Mercy Hospital (CMH) and Sporting Kansas City teamed up to promote health, fitness, and specialized sports medicine to young athletes in the Kansas City Metropolitan area.
This clinic, located near Children’s Mercy Park, in Wyandotte County, allows kids throughout the region to work side by side with their professional soccer heroes, as Sporting Kansas City’s team members share the performance and rehabilitation gym with CMH.
BSA LifeStructures created an open plan and modern design with the focused concept of ‘Continuous Movement’. This theme not only applies to the physical motions of the people utilizing the facility, but also the entire formation of the facility itself. The correlation of shapes, layers, and intersections of mass within the space assists with way-finding and encourages movement.
Several design elements support the ‘Continuous Movement’ concept for the building, including the intersecting masses of the casework that create interest and visibility at key communication points. The multiple light levels, heights, and sizes also endorse the theme.
The architecture and interior design of the clinic supports the cutting edge technology and equipment that Children’s Mercy offer to their patents. The design team was charged with creating suitable spaces for motion capture technology, to help athletes identify movement related problems, and a specially designed room to accommodate two hydrotherapy pools for therapists to rehabilitate patents with injured muscles. Appropriate materials, room size, and room temperature were all crucial components of the design process.
Suitability of the Design to the Project Challenges
Creating a rehabilitation gym that is suitable and safe for not only CMH’s young patents but also professional athletes was a challenging endeavor that involved a combined effort by the entire team. This effort included the coordination and design of a half-court basketball court, turf area, fitness equipment, and baseball training area.
Suitability of the Integration of Interior Design and Architecture
Interior and Exterior design elements are intentionally similar to create a cohesive story throughout the facility. The color changing, illuminated silhouettes of adolescent athletes in the perforated metal panels at the entrance to the facility is mimicked in the clinic corridors with custom glass wall panels. The interior design and architecture of the building support the high-quality, compassionate pediatric care that CMH provides.
Summary of Benefit to the Client, Outcomes
Collaboration and teamwork contributed to a design and environment that encourages pa-tents and athletes to push themselves and believe in a stronger future.