The Blank Children’s STAR & Developmental Center offers help to children who have been victims of abuse, exposed to drugs, are in the foster care system, or need extra support to grow and thrive as well as provides diagnosis and treatment for children with developmental, behavioral, and physical conditions. INVISION worked closely with UnityPoint Health Des Moines to meet their goals of providing space for both programs to grow.
Through the new, stand-alone facility, UnityPoint Health Des Moines offers a safe space which meets the specific needs of these clients. UnityPoint Health desired the new facility to have a distinct tie-in to Blank Children’s Hospital. INVISION brought forward a colorful and playful design which reflected the unique design of the downtown hospital. With the ever-changing colored exterior, made possible by interference stainless steel on angled exterior walls, the facility offers an identifiable and special place for patients and their families. With the patients often being at-risk youth, unobtrusive check points (sub-waiting rooms) control the flow of traffic and allow privacy for families while they wait. As the needs of the STAR Center patients differ from the Development Center patients, each floor was designated for each center.
Additional design decisions which focused on the patients included:
• Quiet rooms for children with sensory disorders
• Wall-mounted interactive activities for children while they wait
• Curved hallways to take away the feeling of being in a tunnel
• Closed risers on stairs