Patient Room Prototype

For the new facility at the University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro (UMCPP), the interdisciplinary design team was committed to the evidence-based design process so much so that they became a Pebble Project with the Center for Health Design. CAMA was approached to keep the design team accountable to building a safe, efficient, effective, and experiential place in which quality care could be delivered. One example of the team’s commitment to this goal involved conducting a rigorous study of the design of the inpatient room through the testing and tweaking of physical prototypes. Starting with an informal learning lab constructed partially in foam core, the space evolved into a semi-immersive detailed mock-up where final adjustments were made to the design. This informed an actual, fully-functional inpatient room where final diagnostics informed construction. This Pebble Project ultimately set a new standard for patient room design.  

UMCPP's patient room has received a lot of attention from the press and was featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal:

Kimmelman, Michael. “In Redesigned Room, Patients May Feel Better Already.” New York Times, August 22, 2014: pp. 1+.

Sataline, Suzanne. “Room With a View Towards Better Care.” Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2010.


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