• Washington, DC


  • Healthcare + Proton Beam Therapy


  • Interior Design


  • John Jessen, Managing Principal
John Jessen

Medstar Health Georgetown University Hospital Pediatrics Relocation & OB-GYN Expansion

Georgetown University Hospital relocated its Pediatrics and Adolescent Departments to a 22,000 SF off-campus location in Northwest Washington DC. In addition, MGUH expanded its Obstetrics and Gynecology outpatient clinical office to the same location. Serving a wide range of patients from newborns to expecting mothers, the challenge was to create a design solution that appealed equally to all and served as a showcase of MGUH’s commitment to innovation in care. From the onset, the main goal for the project was to create a therapeutic, healing environment, and not a typical clinic. Drawing inspiration from various sources including nature, technology, childhood learning, and the Rubik’s cube, among others, the design is a combination of playground, tech hot spot, and a quiet meditation room. The central Reception serves as a kind of “central hub” where patients of all ages coincide. Each group has its own waiting area with design cues that are age and gender specific. The themes in the waiting areas fluctuate from tree house/fort, to coffee shop, to nature retreat/spa. From the central hub, patients are escorted to their specific clinical areas. Each area is differentiated through a coding system that employs didactic and sensory tools, among them lighting, colors and numbers. Natural light is brought into the space using frosted glass sidelights at every exam room to enhance the feel of the interior spaces.

VOA and MedStar Health Georgetown University Hospital have collaborated on the design of several significant projects in Washington DC, from a master plan of their campus to new clinical space, renovations to existing treatment areas, and new administrative offices. This project, which involves both a relocation and expansion, is a testament to the success of our relationship.

- John Jessen

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