The studio collaborated this year with the Denver office of HDR Architecture to design a health and fitness center at the Pena Station NEXT development. The students worked in conjunction with the NEXT developer and Panasonic Corporation to produce concepts and detailed design solutions that met the sustainability and smart technologies objectives of the proposed project.
The program for the 2017 Steris competition challenged the students to integrate an addiction recovery center into the fabric of downtown Orlando, Florida. The KU team used the concept of the “Healing Journey” to focus their outpatient and community functions around a central courtyard inspired by the medieval pilgrimage labyrinth.
Health & Wellness students Sarah Moser and Cole Geiser used principles of fractal geometry to design a system of visual screening for inpatient healthcare environments. They devised a system that balanced the need for blocking direct sunlight with the healing properties of controlling and enhancing natural views for patient rooms.
The KU student charrette team at the 2013 CHD national conference designed an outpatient clinic and community recreation for the Veterans Administration in Orlando, Florida. The students used a variety of evidence-based design principles to integrate their design into the surrounding residential environment as well as the existing community garden.
In November 2011 a KU Health & Wellness student team participated in the Healthcare Design Steris design charrette in Nashville, Tennessee. The program was a sports rehabilitation clinic sited in the historic heart of Nashville, and the KU use the theme of the theme of “health Mind, Healthy Body” to mirror the classic Greek architecture of the Parthenon.