The core of the new campus design began with a re-design of the entry to the campus. The original design located the entry in an alcove of the Outpatient Services Building that was difficult to find and poorly lit. We relocated the entry to the other side of the building, a large courtyard with a specimen tree, visible as soon as you enter the campus.
While the 1960s era building exteriors featured handsome brick elements, the grey paint color felt cold and unwelcoming. Each major building on campus now has brighter, kid-friendly colors that compliment the brick. A new colorful entry canopy now provides way-finding and sets the tone for the campus, which express the child-centered nature of the institution using a mixture of gestural elements, cheerful colors, and playful shapes.
|The renovated Ryther Commons features way-finding monuments, such as a kiosk and canopy, to clearly mark the new entry to the Outpatient Services Building. Old side entry before renovation, inset.|
|Outpatient Services Building custom entry canopy. Special blue door is designed just for kids.|
The double door entry to the clinical services building features a small and brightly-colored door, made specially for children. Portholes in the kids' door add to the spirit of whimsy and discovery.
The original entry alcove has been re-purposed into a borrowed landscape that provides a soothing backdrop for the lobby.
|Dubbed the "Zen Garden," the original entry (inset) as now viewed from the renovated lobby.|
|The renovated lobby with new finishes and furnishings. Ceiling coves feature solar light and blown glass fixtures.|
The lobby also features a unique children's corner. The wood enclosure wall is extra thick and feature a number of openings, each with it own special purpose: one for sitting; one for crawling through; one for storing toys, one for storing books, one for peeping through.
The floor of the children's corner is made of macerated rubber and sloped to encourage floor-time play. Sparkle-lighting creates unique star-shaped patterns on the ceiling. The walls feature a gradient mural, reminiscent of waves or mountains.
|Children's corner with interactive wood wall, sea-to-sky mural and sloped rubber floor.|
We wanted to make sure that the new campus experience started at the street. Previously, the monument signage at the street was dark and difficult to see. Updated signage matches Ryther's current brand and is also more visible.
|New street monument signage is much more visible.|
|Renovated Support Services Building with friendlier color palette and open landscape.|
|Support Services Building now features a vaulted waiting room and conference space.|
|Bright and professional hallways lead support staff to their offices.|
|Updated support staff offices with clean walls, indirect lighting, and new finishes. Previous condition, inset.|
Thank you to Ryther and the entire project team for their support in making this vision for the campus a reality:
Architect: Neiman Taber Architects. David Neiman, Liz Pisciotta, Erin Feeney
Structural Engineer: Harriott Valentine Engineers. Josh Welch, Doug Clair
Landscape Architect: Johnson Southerland. Margaret Johnson, Benjamin Barrett
Interiors and Furniture: PCI. Paige Otero, Sheryl Guyon
General Contractor: Abbott. Andy Powers, Ed Santander, Sidney Morris
Project Managment: VOKA. Vlad Oustimovitch and Kathryn Armstrong