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Children’s Hospital of Michigan—Troy (CHM Troy) wins 2017 People’s Choice Award from AIA Michigan

June 19, 2017

Children’s Hospital of Michigan—Troy (CHM Troy) wins 2017 People’s Choice Award from AIA Michigan

HED's Children's Hospital of Michigan -- Troy (CHM Troy) has won the 2017 People's Choice Award from the American Institute of Architects' (AIA) Michigan Chapter.

The critically significant services performed within this Children’s Hospital are very serious and frankly scary to most young patients, their parents, family and friends. The three-story Children’s Hospital was conceived as a colorful organization of toy blocks that delineate functions and movement within a friendly, non-institutional, environment that transforms the typical medical experience. The playful composition identifies the primary service functions and support spaces within the main three story blue block, the two story yellow block denotes the main entrance lobby and the one story red block identifies the emergency entrance and associated functions. These simple moves of color, geometry and scale create a welcoming memorable image while providing a necessary visual way-finding tool for the anxious parent as they arrive with their ill child. From the prominent playful exterior design through the friendly and welcoming interior planning and design, a child-focused environment is created just for kids and their unique needs. Color, materiality, detailing, spacial organization and lighting reinforce the concept of creating a transformational experience for children with special medical needs that appears more suited as a big toy than a medical facility.

The officially received its award on Friday, June 16, 2017 at the annual AIA Michigan Honor Awards.