The children at St. Mary’s typically stay from several weeks to several months, and providing a home-like environment is paramount to their emotional well-being and rehabilitation progress. Each patient room provides a sense of privacy and opportunities for personal identity. The patient room and adjacent bathroom have dedicated areas for the storage of individual belongings. Outside each room is a “garage” for their own wheelchair and rehabilitation equipment. Much of the day is spent with the children outside their rooms, whether that’s mingling with the staff at the open work areas or interacting with other children in the large Great Rooms provided on each floor. The sense of identity and community is developed through these unique program elements.
The simple 5-story bed tower is set back on the site and flanked by smaller scaled colorful glass pavilions. These pavilions house the interactive Lobby, Therapy Gym, and Indoor Play Area; each integrated into the site as an extension of the landscape, thereby minimizing the scale of the bed tower beyond. The introduction of distinctive colors and attractive textures denotes other programs of most interest to the children.