The exam room shown in this photo belongs to Salem Heath Rehabilitation Center in Salem, Oregon. The rehabilitation center moved to a new location in 2010. The design team at Scott Edwards Architecture worked with the hospital administration to develop a site plan and building that was responsive to concerns expressed during several community outreach sessions.
The new location happens to be a former school. When the new rehab center was built, it was important to the community to preserve the park-like environment of the former school.
Several months were spent working closely with the healthcare staff to develop a design that fit within the constraints of the site’s master plan, while still providing the best possible experience for patients and caregivers.
The final design of the two-story, 34,000-square-foot building answer’s the CEO’s request for a “sculpture in a park.” The dramatic, modern design and warm finishes are evident throughout.
Design Details that Support Patients
The building provides opportunities to challenge and also support patients during their time receiving therapy. Even the smallest details were considered in design, including dual-height handrails, multiple areas for respite (including wood benches created from the trees removed from the site), fatigue-resistant gym floors, and floor patterns that can be used in gait training.
Architecture: Scott Edwards Architecture
Interior design: Scott Edwards Architecture
Contracting: Turner Construction Co.
Construction: Turner Construction Co.
Civil: Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc. (HHPR)
Structural: KPFF Consulting Engineers
Geotechnical: GeoDesign Inc.
Landscape architecture: 2.ink Studio
Pool consultant: Counsilman-Hunsaker
Arborist: The Pacific Resources Group
Photo Credit: ECKERT & ECKERT PHOTOGRAPHY