The new Phoenix Children's Hospital West Pavilion addresses a number of service lines in need of expansion especially the Emergency Department (ED). The new ED is designed around a 100,000 patient/year volume, four times the capacity of the existing facility and is designed around a patient first care model. The acute care area consists of 63 private patient exam rooms and is designed in four quadrants with the exam rooms in each, surrounding a clinical core, providing a continuous direct connection between patients and clinicians. Traffic and transport are held at the outside of the quadrants eliminating the traditional ED chaos of all traffic and services from a single corridor.
Architecture and design in the ED expansion reflects the existing hospital campus character. Both bright and calming colors of the Armstrong Marmorette were utilized to define space as well as introduce an element of whimsy. The ED entrance is adjacent to an outdoor garden offering an area of respite countering the known anxiety of an emergency department.