Interior Design

The CAMA Design Studio takes the intelligence gathered specifically for the design problem and couples it with baseline knowledge and professional expertise in order to develop evidence-based design interventions. The design studio’s process defines, solves, communicates, and implements the design documents needed to build out and appoint interior environments for the best possible results.

Emerson Resort and Spa

Emerson Resort and Spa

Places of Wellbeing 

American Cancer Society Headquarters and Hope Lodge

American Cancer Society Headquarters and Hope Lodge

Creating Normalcy in the Face of Adversity 

Bridgeport Hospital - Yale New Haven Health

Bridgeport Hospital - Yale New Haven Health

Healthcare System Growth 

Dublin Methodist Hospital

Dublin Methodist Hospital

Transforming Culture

El Paso Children's Hospital

El Paso Children's Hospital

Color and Culture - The Desert in Bloom

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Reducing Patient Stress 

Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut

Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut

Creating a Special Place 

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale - New Haven

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale - New Haven

Improving the Patient Experience

Smilow Healing Art Gallery Curation

Smilow Healing Art Gallery Curation

Creating Conversation Starters

Yale - New Haven Hospital Emergency Department

Yale - New Haven Hospital Emergency Department

Capturing Nature and Light at an Urban Edge

Yale - New Haven Hospital Clinical Laboratory

Yale - New Haven Hospital Clinical Laboratory

LEED, LEAN, and EBD

Emerson Resort and Spa


Places of Wellbeing - Preventative Health Destinations


The Emerson Resort and Spa came to CAMA to re-imagine and unify the interior design across their 66,500 sq. ft campus in an effort to re-brand as a restorative destination where guests can replenish mind, body, and soul.

Drawing inspiration from Ralph Waldo Emerson's romantic ideology of nature as well as the beauty of the surrounding natural landscape, CAMA utilized materials, textures, patterns, lighting, and a curated art collection that referenced nature, while also striking the right balance between casual comfort and sophistication.

This project included a complete renovation of the inn rooms, spa, key public spaces, the attached Woodnotes restaurant and the interior and exterior signage packages.

 

Project

The Emerson Resort and Spa, Mt Tremper, NY


Size

30,000 SF


Scope

Interior Design, Art Consulting  


Architect

Alfandre Architecture



Status

In Progress


Lighting Design

upLight


American Cancer Society Headquarters and Hope Lodge


Creating Normalcy in the Face of Adversity


The American Cancer Society Hope Lodge - Jerome L. Greene Family Center provides free, temporary housing for patients and their caregivers who must travel to New York City for outpatient cancer treatment.

Hope Lodge offers 60 guest suites each with a private bath and separate living room. Guests have access to full residential kitchens, a peaceful meditation room, and an extensive resource library. The community room encourages guests to gather and socialize and is ideal for group activities including large dinners, performances, and game nights.

The building has received a LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. Sustainable interior features include energy efficient water fixtures, lighting, and office equipment, low-VOC paints and sealants, and FSC-certified wood products. Systems furniture by Herman Miller was specified for all administrative areas due to its high levels of recycled-content and likelihood that components will be reused at the end of the product’s usable life.



Project

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge - Jerome L. Greene Family Center, New York, NY

Size

77,000 SF


Scope

Evidence-Based Design Consulting, Interior Design


Architect

SLCE Architects and FXFOWLE


Leed

Certified Gold



Status 

Completed 2007


Budget

$50 million


Photo Credit

William Psolka Photography


Bridgeport Hospital- Yale New Haven Health 


Brand Extension for Healthcare System Growth 


As a new member of the Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital facility improvements strive to reinforce a more cohesive system identity through enhanced, carefully branded interiors. 

CAMA has set the interior brand standards for YNHH for many years and this project was no exception as this lobby renovation offers a range of positive distractions, including retail amenities and places of respite for the time between medical interventions or visits, with seating options to accommodate a range of activities. 

For example, a water feature at the entry placed amidst a computer café helps segregate the hustle and bustle of a busy lobby from those seeking respite in an open environment.  Improved circulation patterns provide clear and calming wayfinding cues to key first floor destinations and central elevators.  The use of a variety of natural materials and an updated lighting scheme accentuate wayfinding landmarks. 

The new design encourages visitors to pause and gather information either intuitively or by interacting with a live greeter prior to navigating to final destinations deep within this large medical facility.



Project

Yale New Haven Health System, Bridgeport Hospital, Lobby Renovation, Bridgeport, CT

Size

8,100 SF


Scope

Evidence-Based Design Consulting, Interior Design  


Architect

Vincent Babak Architecture  



Status

Completed 2012


Photo Credit

David Emberling


Dublin Methodist Hospital


Transforming Culture through Values-Driven Leadership


“Run until apprehended.”  This phrase coined by Cheryl Herbert, a nurse and the former CEO of Dublin Methodist Hospital, became a powerful reminder to the project team of the unique opportunity at hand. 

Herbert envisioned a hospital that would revolutionize healthcare delivery.  She encouraged the design team to take measured risks and use an evidence-based process from which to launch innovative concepts.  The resulting 94-bed hospital blurs the boundaries between inside and outside with accessible outdoor gardens, plentiful views, and ample amounts of daylight. 

Mobile greeters welcome visitors upon arrival and this careful attention to the patient and family experience extends throughout the building. Patient rooms are private, acuity-adaptable, and like-handed. 

With no set visiting hours and comfortable accommodations, family members quickly become an integral part of the care team. 

Distributed care stations called perches and touchdown areas for ancillary staff called pods increase staff efficiency and, thus, time at the bedside.



Project

Ohio Health, Dublin Methodist Hospital, Dublin, OH

Size

325,000 SF


Scope

Evidence-Based Design Consulting, Interior Design Consulting


Architect & Interior Designer

Karlsberger


Landscape Architect

MSI


Construction Manager

Elford Gilbane



Status

 Completed 2007


Budget

$150 million


Culture Consultant

Big Red Rooster 


Research

 The Center for Health Design Pebble Project


Photo Credit

 Brad Feinknopf 


El Paso Children's Hospital


Color and Culture - The Desert in Bloom


El Paso Children’s Hospital’s new patient tower offers 90 acute care and 50 neonatal intensive care beds and has dedicated Surgery, Imaging, Emergency, Laboratory, and Pharmacy departments. 

CAMA worked closely with the Planning and Development committees, kicking off the process with several site visits to reputable children’s hospitals. 

The tours informed the team of best practices and were followed by a series of visioning workshops engaging nurses, physicians, pediatric patients, and their families. These interactive sessions helped the design team more fully understand the diverse mix of cultures that blend to make this border community unique. 

The resulting material palette draws inspiration from this rich cultural heritage as well as from the extreme color spectrum of the surrounding landscape, from the vast brownness of the high desert to the spectacular sunsets and vibrant spring blooms. 

While the final design addresses a number of outcomes influenced by research, a primary goal was to create whimsical spaces to delight the senses and thus reduce anxiety. 

This approach is exemplified in the design of the patient room where a custom footwall with a canopy of illuminated stars inspires sweet dreams while simultaneously acting as an immersive focal point for diversion. 

With the University Medical Center Foundation, CAMA also developed a hospital-wide, evidence-based art program that distracts patients and their families from illness by showcasing regional artists whose work celebrates this unique, dynamic, and culturally-rich locale.


Project

El Paso Children's Hospital


Project

Visioning, Evidence-Based Design, Interior Design, Art Consulting


Architect

KMD Architects, Moore Nordell Kroeger


Construction Manager

Robins & Morton


Size

225,000


Budget

$150 million


Status

Completed 2012


Photographer

Blakely Photography

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Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center


Reducing Patient Stress through Positive Department 


This project consists of expanding and renovating the existing MRI space. 

At the project’s onset, CAMA shared MRI best practice examples and challenged the design team to consider how best to reduce patient anxiety around the fear of a procedure. 

Introducing positive distractions throughout the interior became one tactic and the resulting design offers a range of interesting features, especially in the lighting design. 

For example, at the entry, a colorful, backlit art glass wall welcomes patients and visitors.  As they travel deeper into the space, pendant fixtures cast subtle but interesting shadow patterns, while within the MRI rooms, illuminated ceilings with cycled lighting act as a diversion and focal point.  



Project

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center – MRI Expansion and Renovation, New York, NY

Size

12,500 SF


Scope

Evidence-Based Design Consulting, Interior Design


Architect

Pomarico Design Studio



Status

In Progress


Lighting Design

JBB Lighting Design


Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut


Creating a Special Place for Family Support, Friendship, and Love


Schematic design is currently underway for the new site and building of the Ronald McDonald House, which will be walking distance from the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital.

This highly-anticipated new 42,400 SF, 37-bed facility will continue to provide temporary housing for the families of severely ill children receiving treatment. 

The Ronald McDonald House will continue to support families from around the world who seek lifesaving treatments for their children at the renowned Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital so that they can properly attend to the needs of their sick children in a comfortable place.

Amenities will include a kitchen and dining room, family common room, library, toddler playroom, teen game room, laundry room, fitness room, and computer room.



Project

Ronald McDonald House of Connecticut, New Haven, CT

Size

42,400 SF


Scope

Interior Design


Architect

Svigals + Partners



Status

In progress


Budget

$8 million


Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale - New Haven


Improving the Patient Experience- The Art of Healing


CAMA was brought in at the project’s onset to set the goals and parameters for an evidence-based design solution. 

The early planning and benchmarking empowered leadership to incorporate amazing amounts of daylight into a tight urban site, including a 7th floor healing garden that is accessible to the entire medical campus. 

Smilow is the first single-bedded tower on the medical campus with distributed nursing allowing for safe and direct care.  Upon construction, CAMA was brought back into the project to establish and implement a healing arts program. 

An interdisciplinary art committee was assembled and an initial period was set aside to align the strategic goals of the project with the evidence that art supports healing.  This committee established a vision and mission that guided how artists would be sought and the types of works that would be considered.  

This committee was dedicated to showcasing the work of local artists—many of whom were patients or had family members who were patients at Smilow. By working with these artists, we were able to orchestrate and galvanize the creation of a healing arts program that generated a powerful and deeply emotional sense of pride that continues to promote the arts as a critical component of healing spaces.  

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Project

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven, New Haven, CT


Size

516,500 SF; 700 works of art

 

Scope

Evidence-Based Design Consulting, Art Consulting  


Status

Completed 2010

 

Architect & Interior Designer

Shepley Bulfinch Richardson and Abbott


Construction Budget

$280 million

 

Landscape Architect

Towers|Golde


Art Budget

$750,000

 

Signage

Roll Baressi




Photo Credit

Rick Scanlon



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Smilow Healing Art Gallery Curation


Creating Conversation Starters


CAMA curates an ongoing healing arts gallery for the Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven.  CAMA invites artists from New England and the Mid-Atlantic to exhibit collections of work in the rotating gallery that is displayed in a highly-trafficked hospital corridor that serves as the entrance to the hospital from the parking garage.  

These artists exhibit in a juried show for six months, delighting thousands of passersby, including staff as well as patients, and families arriving or leaving from their hospital treatments.

Linda Cummings’s “Touching the Farm River” project is a custom designed interactive exhibition extending beyond the walls of the Healing Arts Gallery and flowing into patient rooms through Smilow’s in-house TV channel. Cummings’s exhibition/ video installation project was designed to restore patients’ connection to their creativity, imagination and power to heal through an engagement with imagery and sound from the surrounding environment. The photographs and video were created from the richness of the local landscape, coupled with the artist’s narration of her creative process, inviting viewers to experience the familiarity of pleasant memories along with messages of hope and transformation.

For more information, visit: www.lindacummings.com/touching.html



Project

Smilow Cancer Hospital at Yale-New Haven: Healing Art Gallery, New Haven, CT 

Status

Ongoing


Scope

 Art Consulting



Photo Credit

Linda Cummings


Yale - New Haven Hospital Emergency Department


Capturing Nature & Light at an Urban Edge


The interdisciplinary design team focused on the following key objectives during this project: mitigating patient and visitor stress, reducing wait times through improved flow, improving staff sightlines both for security as well as clinical care, and capturing natural light and views of nature at an urban edge. 

This phased project involved adding 20,000 SF of new construction to 32,000 SF of existing operational space while planning and designing a facility that would accommodate the delivery of new models of care. 

In an effort to increase flow and throughput, chair-centric care delivery has been implemented as it improves throughput for less chronic admissions than traditional exam rooms. 


Project

Yale-New Haven Hospital Emergency Department Expansion and Renovation, New Haven, CT


Size

86,700 SF

 

Scope

Evidence-Based Design Consulting, Interior Design


Status

Completed 2012

 

Architect

Salvatore Associates


Budget

$32 million

 

Construction Manager

Turner Corporation



Photo Credit

Rick Scanlon



Yale - New Haven Hospital Clinical Laboratory


LEED, LEAN, and EBD


This six-story building adjacent to the new Smilow Cancer Hospital consolidates nine clinical laboratories, pharmacy services, auditorium, and retail tenant space in support of the hospital complex.  CAMA worked closely with the entire architectural team in support of the project’s impressive sustainable strategies. 

CAMA designed interior layouts for access to daylight and selected interior finishes and furniture that contributed to LEED certification goals. CAMA spearheaded the evidence-based design process while aligning with LEAN initiatives already underway.

Starting with the pre-programming visioning session, focus groups allowed us to bring staff together from all departments to envision how the new community of coworkers would like to enhance their work and respite environments.

The goal of these sessions was to transform the culture within the lab in order to share spaces more collaboratively, thereby increasing clinical team integration to promote efficiency and productivity as part of the development of a new delivery model for clinical laboratory services.  

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Project

Yale-New Haven Hospital Clinical Laboratory, New Haven, CT


Size

150,000 SF

 

Scope

Visioning, Evidence-Based Design Consulting, Interior Design, Art Consulting


Status

Completed 2010

 

Design Architect

Behnisch Architects


Budget

$92.8 million

 

Executive Architect

Svigals + Partners


Environmental Design Consultant

Atelier 10

 

Laboratory Architect

Karlsberger


Leed

Gold Certification

 

Construction Manager

Fusco Corporation



Photo Credit

Robert Benson Photography