Spectrum of Design Firsts for Inner Design Studio in 2011 Span from Green to White

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Scores of health care facilities across the country worked with top design firm in 2011

“We look forward to a new year of developing custom, innovative designs that effectively meet these challenges and our clients’ needs.”--Rebecca Donner, principal of Inner Design Studio

In 2011, Inner Design Studio—Nashville’s leading health care interior design firm—celebrated 19 years of serving some of the industry’s top health care companies throughout the nation.

Taking on projects ranging in all various sizes and cost, the nine-person firm worked 82 interior design projects and seven purchasing installations in 23 states including Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Michigan, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia and West Virginia.

“We are proud of the work we’ve accomplished for our clients. Our company has enjoyed designing a wide range of projects in so many different places,” said Rebecca Donner, founder and principal of Inner Design Studio. “From the smallest project coming in at 1,200 square feet to the largest project we’ve completed this year, of 256,000 square feet, these projects allowed us to hone our creative talents to customize interiors to meet the needs of each facility and health care codes of each state.”

Loma Linda University Medical Center in Murrieta, Calif. was Inner Design’s largest project based on total construction cost ($19 million) and size (256,000 square feet). It was also a project that helped Inner Design redefine their health care design norms. The firm pushed the design envelope by blending hospitality and health care design elements within a white-dominated color scheme to create a high-end health care facility. The extensive use of white was a first for Inner Design. White is unusual in a health care facility because it more easily shows wear and soiling than darker colors.

Within this project, designers reconsidered many health care design principles and recreated products to overcome challenges associated with a soft white color scheme. Inner Design’s innovative approach to mixing health care and hospitality design elements gave LLUMC a more elegantly comfortable space than is typically found in health care facilities.

“It is easier to use conventional health care design elements, of course, but what is easiest is not always what is best,” said Donner. “This project is proof that creating an inspiring, healing environment for patients sometimes means expanding beyond accepted norms – and that going beyond the expected can yield uncommonly refreshing results.”

In addition to completing a controversial ‘white’ space, Inner Design also created a ‘green’ space for the Tallahassee Memorial Healthcare Outpatient Cancer Center. This project, which was completed in January 2011, was the firm’s second LEED project and first freestanding health care facility to receive LEED Silver certification.

“We’ve seen more LEED awareness throughout the health care community and are happy to see that more facilities are making a conscious effort to use green products when it’s feasible,” said Donner. “We worked hard to meet the requirements necessary to receive a Silver LEED Certification, and enjoyed the challenge of finding environmentally-friendly and energy efficient products to create the beautiful spaces within the facility.”

Looking ahead to 2012, Inner Design has an extensive list of upcoming projects across the country, one of which includes designing the new 120,000-square-foot addition to the nationally-recognized Greenbrier Resort in West Virginia.

For more than a century, the Greenbrier Resort and Greenbrier Clinic have catered to a Who’s Who wealthy and famous individuals, including U.S. presidents and world leaders. The new Greenbrier Medical Institute, slated for completion in 2012, will round out the resort and existing clinic to provide guests with a full-service health care oasis.

“With each new year comes new regulations, codes, demands and trends. The ever-changing standards and industry demands leads to something different and challenging every day which essentially makes the end result of each project and what we do so rewarding,” said Donner. “We look forward to a new year of developing custom, innovative designs that effectively meet these challenges and our clients’ needs.”

For more information about Inner Design Studio, visit http://www.innerdesignstudio.com/.

About Inner Design Studio
Inner Design Studio was founded in 1993 to offer experienced interior design services to the Health Care Community. As the leading health care interior design firm in the Nashville market, it has a strong team of experienced and highly motivated designers who continue to develop long term relationships based upon successful working projects. Inner Design Studio has designed more than 500 Medical Facilities throughout the United States since its inception including 224 ambulatory surgery centers, 47 diagnostic centers, 41 occupational medical centers, 88 hospitals, 47 private practice physician groups and 45 medical office plazas. The firm currently designs for health care companies as HCA-The Healthcare Company, LifePoint Hospitals, AmSurg, Universal Health Services and Carolinas HealthCare System.

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