Staff and patient families helped design our proposed interior spaces. We recently conducted a facility design event with life-sized mockups to understand the patient experience. Nearly 150 staff, patients and families toured full-size patient room models to offer feedback on the proposed design.

The majority of patients who are admitted to Children’s are admitted from the Emergency Department to the Medical Unit. The team tracked this flow of patients and their experiences and determined this was a key starting point to select services and adjacencies. We wanted the distance traveled for patients to be very short. Another important decision was to plan for decreased travel distance between the Surgical Unit and the operating rooms.

One of the primary objectives in our planning is to ensure that any new space Seattle Children’s builds is developed in the most efficient way. We use mockups like this one to maximize usage of space.