A Setting for Respite and Reflection

A Setting for Respite and Reflection

Carteret Health Care recently opened a new specialty pavilion and patient tower expansion. The design mimics the shoreline in Morehead City, N.C., and offers expansive views as a positive distraction for patients and visitors. Access to the sweeping views creates a setting for respite and reflection throughout.

The photo shown above is the new cancer center. It was designed as a welcoming space for patients and families. The living room type setting offers comfort and relaxation. Infusion areas are placed along the exterior wall, with access to daylight and views overlooking a meditation garden.

When Nature is Limited

featured imageDown the hall, in the radiation treatment room, windows and natural light are not allowed. To compensate, Carteret and Earl Architects (Greenville, S.C.), the design firm on the project, installed an interactive star ceiling system. This encourages tranquility for the patient and promotes biophilic design strategies in a space where access to nature and daylight are limited.

About the Project

The phased project, which was completed in July 2017, houses an expanded med/surg unit, women’s services unit, critical care unit, progressive care unit, and a joint and spine unit, replacing existing patient rooms with 73 new private inpatient rooms.

Extended and new specialty services include an expanded surgical center, new cath lab, renovated emergency department and behavioral unit, and new central energy plant.

The expanded nationally accredited Commission on Cancer cancer center, a partnership with UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Care, provides imaging, clinical trials, telehealth, and radiation treatment.


Project details:

Project name: Carteret Health Care specialty pavilion and bed tower expansion

Location: Morehead City, N.C.

Completion date: July 2017

Owner: Carteret Health Care

Total Building Area (GSF): 120,461 (new); 17,396 (renovation)

Total construction cost (excluding land): $37.6 million (new); $4 million (renovation)

Construction cost per sq. foot: $312 (new); $230 (renovation)

Architecture: Earl Architects

Interior design: Maregatti Interiors

Engineering: Professional Engineering Associates, K.M. Armstrong Associates Inc., Shultz Engineering Group, Stroud Engineering P.A.

Construction: Rodgers Builders, T.A. Loving Co.


“PHOTO TOUR: Carteret Health Care Specialty Pavilion and Bed Tower Expansion.” HCD Magazine, 30 Apr. 2018, www.healthcaredesignmagazine.com/projects/acute-care/photo-tour-carteret-health-care-specialty-pavilion-and-bed-tower-expansion/#slide-5.