When transitioning to a new work space, Norwalk Community Health Center officials did more than just upgrade their facility – they illustrated it, too. The Norwalk, Connecticut, facility is a federally qualified health center that serves more than 11,000 patients and receives more than 42,000 medical visits per year. Along with the challenge of providing extensive care to the community, NCHC had the added challenge of transforming a former retail furniture showroom into an inviting healthcare facility that met the needs of all users.
The added comfort factor of nora means a healthier work environment for health center employees who spend long hours on their feet. “Aside from the great colors, we chose nora because of the comfort underfoot it provides,” says Lawrence Cross, Chief Executive Officer at NCHC. Efficient, low-maintenance properties save staff time and money, ensuring that the facility stays beautifully maintained without straining the NCHC budget. Resiliency also played a key role. The flooring’s outstanding durability reduces the need for frequent replacement – an imperative for a federally qualified facility.
At the recommendation of the project architect, NCHC used noraplan environcare™ in corridors, patient rooms, nurses’ stations and the main lobby to achieve the functional and creative needs of the facility. A unique design team that featured an architect, a graphic designer and a children’s book illustrator worked collaboratively to develop an inviting space that would provide comfort from both an aesthetic and a physical standpoint for patients and families. The end result was a bright, inviting flooring pattern that matched the equally vibrant wall coloring – not to mention, a floor covering that met the highly specific needs required to keep up with a busy health center.
To learn more, read our project brief about Norwalk Community Health Center