Dignity Health operates a number of aging campuses where significant effort and time must be invested to improve campus and building aesthetics. These improvements were needed to upgrade the “look and feel” of the campus, furthering Dignity Health’s ongoing commitment to improve the appearance, operation, and functionality of each hospital campus, while providing quality and outstanding services to the people and communities served.
“Hello humankindness” became the inspiration for this BEIP project, as Dignity Health’s corporate vision was ingrained into the renovation of Northridge Hospital’s 409-bed acute care medical center. The “Light of Day” Interior Finishes were designed to inspire healing: mind, body, and spirit. Flooring finishes became the centerpiece for this project, bringing over six floors and more than 97,000 SF back to life with a re-energized, cosmetic face-lift. Combining natural woods in sheet vinyl and LVT finishes with natural tones and textures in 12″ x 24″ VCT, patient care areas were restored with vibrance and new energy. Finishes included Armstrong Raffia VCT (installed with running bond and accent colors) in most corridors, elevator lobbies, and nurses’ stations; Armstrong’s Natural Creations LVT in the Cafeteria; a variety of sheet goods from Johnsonite / Tarkett, including Acczent Wood fields surrounded by complimentary solid homogenous sheet from their iQ Natural line; glass tile accents from American Olean made an impact on wet walls, and Johnsonite rubber base and transitions complimented trims throughout.
Coordination of this six-story renovation was vital over the course of the 11-month time frame. Each phase was methodically planned, working with directors, hospital leadership, CMs, PMs, Superintendents, and multiple trade foremen to reduce adverse patient impacts, while promoting an efficient pace that allowed for accessibility at shift’s end when necessary and a strict attention to design detail, always. Extreme moisture conditions were alleviated with Ardex’s MC Rapid Moisture Control System using V1200 Self Leveling and K60 Leveling Compound to off-set extreme leveling needs after revelation of ceramic under mulitple layers of resilient demo. Walkable traffic was necessary within hours, as high impact areas, like the Cafeteria, remained open during work. Phasing forced intricate patterns to be cut in half with plastic containments, forcing crews to interlace and double-back efforts to ensure consistency and quality. Coordination and communication were vital, as this project, which originated out of general budgets, was specified on the fly, as field conditions following Universal Metro’s demolition revealed how unforeseen variables would be addressed, both from the design of Devenney Group’s architects and with the technical expertise of Universal Metro’s mechanics.