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Courtyard 2

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Insights and Solutions

The Courtyard is a large, central, and highly visible space in a medical complex that is typically adjacent to a dining area. Settings that encourage informal social exchanges improve communication between patients and providers, which can reduce stress and foster the healing process.

  1. Generously sized, level paving areas are ideal for wheelchair access.
  2. A wide range of furniture settings offers choice in location, shade levels, and postures for comfort in various types of interactions.
  3. GO Outdoor Tables with canopies and Chipman stools provide patients and caregivers anchored places to meet, discuss and stay powered.
  4. Socrates benches, Chipman tables and Chipman chairs provide comfortable spaces for small gatherings on the sun deck.
  5. Gus planters with seat inserts, Harpo benches, and STRATA tables create areas for small informal social group interactions or intimate discussions.
  6. Guide bollards highlight the edge of a central walkway while pedestrian lights illuminate a water feature and the outer edges of the courtyard.
  7. Chipman tables and Chipman chairs offer a place for informal dining, conversation, and respite.
  8. Signage provides campus-wide wayfinding and identification of available settings to ease navigation.
  9. Collect litter provides attractive options to conceal and recycle waste.
  10. A tree canopy and umbrellas provide the option for filtered shade in selected areas.
  11. A water feature creates a calming central design element to help provoke conversation and reduce stress and anxiety for healthcare workers, visitors, and patients.
  12. Mingle seating and Shade umbrellas support eating, drinking, and informal exchanges.
  13. Outdoor charging stations adjacent to tables, chairs and benches provide convenient access to power and USB charging.