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BOARD OF DIRECTORS
PRESIDENT Rebecca Hubler, ASID, CID, NCIDQ, CAPS President@dcmetro.asid.org PRESIDENT-ELECT Rafael Fuentes, ASID
DIRECTOR AT LARGE Kate Magee, ASID, WELL AP, LEED GA
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Dear Colleagues, Entering August we continue to be in the midst of Covid-19 and many changes within our ASID design community. I think you will like this change; our first digital edition of Design DC Metro. In this issue we are focusing on innovative health and wellness projects and cutting edge kitchen and bath design. Be prepared to be wowed. Your Washington Metro Chapter board and committees have been Zooming along abiding by Covid-19 restrictions. In June we held our first Zoom M&M organized by Judy Boitz and hosted by Dan Kluger of Dan Kugler Design Center and I have to say it was great to see all those in attendance and be able to take part in the lively banter that ensued. The Alexandria Peer Group, led by Joann Manzig, held its Zoom meeting the same night and although I first thought “enough Zooming for me,” I found myself totally absorbed seeing and chatting with the group. What a challenge the past few months have been, leaving us dazed by the wild rollercoaster ride of momentous events and emotions that is Covid-19. Everyone has been affected. Sometimes I find that looking for anything good and trying to stay positive in the midst of all this is hard and downright daunting. On a recent walk with Flora, my beagle buddy, I was thinking how fortunate she was to be a dog and innocent of all of the current happenings. For Flora, being on a walk in the park surrounded by the sights, sounds, and sniffs of nature is one of her main joys (her other very favorite main joys include FOOD and lots of good-behind-the- ear scratches and belly rubs). For me, seeing her tail swish back and forth excitedly and hearing her chortle and howl just makes me smile. As I looked at the greenery of the park, listened to the chirping birds, and watched the water trickling over the rocks in the stream I was immediately transformed to a more serene state of being. The term that came to mind was “biophilia” which is defined as “a love of life and the living world; the affinity of human beings for other life forms.” At that moment in time, I was fortunate too. With businesses slowly opening, more of us are cautiously venturing out, trying to regain the feelings of normalcy that was January. The prospect of speaking to one another even mask to mask while social distancing seems exhilarating and yes, a little scary all at the same time. Dare we hope our rollercoaster is starting to ascend and will stay at the precipice?? For each of us finding the positive can take different forms. For me, it can be as simple as taking a walk in the park with Flora; but please hold off on giving me belly rubs and good scratches behind my ears. Enjoy whatever is good, stay positive, safe and well.
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DESIGNING THE NEW PARADIGM By Julia A. Molloy
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ASID WASHINGTON METRO CHAPTER PRESIDENT’S MESSAGE By Rebecca Hubler, ASID, CID, NCIDQ, CAPS
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sydney Pettengill, asiD, Chair Dana Lehmer, ASID
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Claire Tamburro, ASID
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Rebecca hubler, asiD CiD, nCiDQ, CaPs, Chair Judy Boitz, ASID IP
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Designing the New Paradigm By Julia A. Molloy
We are standing on the precipice of a new world. Uncertainty
sets in as we gaze upon uncharted territory. With so many
moving reference points and unknowns, it can be a challenge
to get our bearings and move with a sure-footed stride.
So where do we, as a design community fit in to the new
paradigm? Has the designers’ role changed and how are our
business models going to adapt to the rapidly evolving needs
of the world? These are the questions our community has
been grappling with. In fact, all business sectors are evaluating
the same questions for themselves. I would argue however,
that the design industry in particular, is faced with a
It is important to remember that our profession is actually
quite young. It was only around 1913 that the fabulous Elsie
de Wolfe carved out this role for us all. Her focus was
aesthetics and space planning. Compared to other profes-
sions like lawyer, physician, architect, grocer, barber, you
name it, it likely has a few hundred-year head start on interior
“I believe there is no greater force than design in transforming the planet, one person at a time, one family at a time and one community at a time. We create an invisible ripple effect as we impact the minds, bodies and spirits of the lives we touch.”
- Julia A. Molloy
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There are turning points in each of our lives that grow us up, seemingly overnight. We have arrived at that
turning point for the design industry. We should not look to the past for the new normal but take our place as
the key player in designing the new paradigm. Seriously, what other industry has this intrinsic multi-faceted
influence? No other I can think of. We are the ones!
So, with that as our foundation, I look to the future world we are designing. What will we see? What are the
new set of needs and demands our world will contour to? In having some foresight, we provide ourselves with
a whole host of opportunities that we can choose to participate in as business owners. This is the foundation
upon which we navigate and pivot our businesses and industry as a whole.
As an industry business expert and consultant, I’ve been breaking apart the challenge into bite size pieces so I
can help my clients and design community to make sense of the choices ahead of them. I believe we must
“Designing to match client values will be the new focus.” – Julia A. Molloy
make educated predictions to understand the possible trends so we can create some growth strategies for our
businesses. I’m going to share with you what I anticipate.
25 Predictions JULIA MOLLOY’S
I don’t have a crystal ball by any means, nor will all of the predic-
tions be perfect or complete, but these are the things I believe we
will see anew or with more prevalence in the years to come. The
speed of this evolution will largely be determined by the choices
you as designers, architects, manufacturers, builders, and product
designers make from this point forward.
1. Anti-microbial metals, coatings and fabrics will be common-
place and used not only for high touch surfaces, but in fashion,
upholstery, phones and accessories, vehicles and appliances.
They will be standard in residential products and design. They
will be mandated in commercial, government and hospitality
2. Hardware, fixtures, door pulls, light switches, doorknobs and
high touch design elements will be rated or certified based on
their anti-microbial properties.
3. All manner of no touch solutions will be prevalent in residential design, not just airport and restaurant bathrooms.
4. Suggested by LA based Interior and Product Designer,
Christopher Grubb, Similar to LEED certification, buildings,
restaurants, home developments, workplaces will be graded
on their anti-microbial and wellness factor. Diners in California
are already used to seeing a similar rating near the front door
as they walk into a restaurant, that indicates how well it did on
its last health inspection.
5. Health and wellness certification entities and programs, similar to LEED will emerge to guide and certify on a whole host of
new metrics that will be tracked and monitored will be the
6. New apps will emerge to helping people to find these new health-oriented businesses, restaurants, hotels etc.
7. Most commercial and government spaces will have advanced air filtration and UV systems that filter down to .124 microns
(the size of the corona virus).
8. NYC Interior Designer, Benjamin Huntington, ASID President Elect, suggests that entry rooms or mud rooms may be
updated into what are essentially decontamination zones to
clean off, change clothing and sterilize items before coming
into the home.
9. Anti EMF technology in the home will become a thing. As 5G wifi and other electromagnetic field radiation emitting tech-
nologies bombard the modern human to ill effect, solutions to
protect or counteract the lowered immunity and DNA muta-
tion caused by ceaseless exposure, will emerge.
10. Smart home technology will take the lead in design and will
incorporate new monitoring, tracking, sterilization and filtra-
11. Personal bio metrics will be incorporated into many smart home designs and systems. This means that personal fit
tracker devices will sync up with smart home systems and will
adjust aspects of the environment to influence your wellness
a. For instance, sunlight adjustments, music, aroma therapy,
chroma light therapy solutions are automatic upon receiving
bio metrics that indicate high stress indicators, like elevated
heart rate and cortisol levels.
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12. 3D printing for everything and new materials to print them with, many
making use of recycled, reclaimed, refuse and bio waste resources. Also
integrating nano tech and responsive materials is going to be the next level.
This is cool for many reasons. I’m pretty excited to see how we integrate
the idea of ‘seamless, ‘interlocking pattern’ and ‘responsive’ into design of
all disciplines. Seamless, responsive, smart clothing…
13. Custom everything.
15. Biophilia and bio mimicry in interior and product design will become main-
stream in residential, commercial, hospitality and public space design. Many
countries have already embraced these design principals in public buildings.
Think Zaha Hadid and the Singapore Changi Airport Jewel Terminal. The
United States with its slow to
adopt modus operandi, will begin
the shift can be equated to
16. Many health gyms will adapt by
incorporating wellness into their
design and programs. Think steril-
ization, anti-microbial coatings, UV
and air filtration systems coupled
with biophilic designed spaces,
organic juice bar, wellness assess-
ments, wellness coaches and
17. Commercial office spaces will
shrink and require upgrades to
incorporate new safety, wellness
and remote team member integra-
tion. Many commercial office
spaces will be converted to
and oxygen therapy lounges.
18. Remote working a few days a week will become much more prevalent. 4day work weeks will become commonplace. Homes will need to be
updated with remote work tech, lighting, sound, productivity and concen-
14. Curated everything.
to evolve more quickly now that
biophilic design wellness focused businesses of all kinds. Think meditation
labs, sensory deprivation meditation tanks, cryotherapy, chroma therapy,
19. Outdoor spaces, both residential and commercial will be maximized for usability.
20. Remote shopping and meetings will become the norm.
21. Showrooms and design centers will add virtual shopping and virtual reality
Imagine this scenario: A commercial building with an entire floor of converted office space, now a wellness floor. It’s a part of your wellness membership, a perk that came with the new job. Picture “Nap Labs” where you can go take a 30 minute nap, have a smoothie and an oxygen dose to recharge. After work you visit the “Rant Room”. It has anger venting soundproof rooms where you put on your goggles and then scream at the top of your lungs while blasting death metal and smashing a stack of china plates against the concrete wall, specifically designed to amplify the crash. (These already exist in Asia.) Then you go to the wellness gym, have a quick shower, sit in the calming chroma therapy pod, and freshen up. Finally, you go grab dinner and a drink on the rooftop lounge with a couple friends before heading home. Forward thinking commercial property owners and companies will be looking for these kinds of integrated solutions in their remodels.
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to their repertoire.
22. Community and connection will be more deeply valued. Design
will facilitate these gatherings and
personal connection while main-
taining a roomy setting. This will
include a focus on room acoustics
and minimizing high touch items.
23. Vegan and conscious product design will become the new
luxury. Designing to match client
values will be the new focus.
24. Membership and subscription models will continue to be
adopted by service centric busi-
25. Home delivery for everything.
As we adapt as business owners we leverage our own passions,
strengths, capabilities and desires and combine them with what we antic-
ipate the future needs of our clientele. If we don’t see what we like in any of
those scenarios, we shift clientele or our capabilities.
I see 3 main categories of adaptation: Materials, Purpose Driven and
Evolution in Materials has been happening since
the stone age. As our technology advances and
our needs as a society evolve, we create and
adopt these materials and incorporate them into
our creations, designs, and our lives. This is no
different. We live in an incredibly exciting time as
far as materials go. Nano tech, materials that
respond, move and shapeshift in response to
changes in light, temperature, water, chemical
signatures, sound and proximity are evolving
Purpose driven design is already here, but it has been more
quickly adopted by technology and nutrition industries. Purpose will become
the prevalent mindset in interior design. It is all about BRAND POSITIONING. It
is a matter of shifting the narrative about design from what it is to WHY. Aging
in place and commercial design are the early adopters in this arena. As compa-
Julia Molloy is the leading operations specialist for
messaging and positioning. Now firms will base their entire focus of their busi-
decades of operations experience, 12 of
nies pivot, they will break out of the box of the standard service provider
ness on a particular need or desire, instead of providing services based on work
needed, budget and service area.
Delivery is all about HOW we provide our products and services. This category
of adaptation has been shifting rapidly for the last decade with the growth of
online product sourcing. Now, we see that in person meetings aren’t always
necessary and the actual service side of what we do is changing. E-Design has
been addressing this over the last 5 years and will continue to grow, but there
are other constraints to break and possibilities to discover in this arena.
Memberships, wrap around services, full life cycle business models will emerge
with more prevalence in the design sector and represents huge opportunity. Look at the possibilities with fresh eyes and don’t be afraid to come up with
something new. This is the essence of innovation and I expect we’ll be seeing a
lot of it as our industry and the world evolves. I see the most opportunity for
wealth development and business strategy for companies that take the lead in
integrating wellness into everyday living. This time has indeed been challenging,
but it is also an amazing time for innovation. Let’s embrace the change and
move forward without fear as we design the new paradigm!
the interior design industry. She has over 2 them in the design field and has a wealth of knowledge from the interior design, graphic design, operations and technology sectors. She is a sought after
speaker, a Business of Design faculty
member, on the Better Practices Network
board of advisors, has been a continued educa-
tion instructor to the faculty at New York School of
Interior Design and a member of ASID. Molloy has also
chaired the ASID Student Affairs Committee and the board of advisors for the Art Institute – Interior Design program.
Julia Molloy is also the founder of the renowned BOLD Summit – Business of
Luxury Design Summit. This event focuses on the special business needs unique to firms positioned in the luxury market and is a powerful catalyst for luxury focused interior designers and architects around the world. In pursuing her
mission to advance the industry, each year she galvanizes the world’s leaders in luxury design to share their wisdom and advice. The BOLD Summit continues to be a driving force for enriching lives and propelling excellence in the design community around the globe.
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MID-CENTURY MODERN MAKEOVER BETHESDA, MARYLAND This Bethesda, Maryland home’s transformation from a mid-century ranch to a sleek, modern home
required collaboration creativity between the homeowners and the Anthony Wilder Design/Build
team. What started as a pair of simple interior tasks—adding a shared bath for two growing boys and
expanding the kitchen’s footprint—transformed into a full-scale, structurally complex facelift. Now the
homeowners enjoy open interior spaces including a new kitchen, two bathrooms and a powder room,
as well as an exterior with curb appeal, plus a new roof—all achieved within the home’s original foot-
print. Existing windows were preserved, but enlarged, while the facade is finished with stucco and
wood-like aluminum siding, giving it a classic chalet look.
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The Anthony Wilder team removed a wall and
swapped the original locations of the kitchen
and dining area to enlarge the kitchen and
create a breakfast room to provide more
usable space for the family. In addition, the
kitchen is now visible from the living and family
rooms, which are separated by an open, grid-
To warm up the white lacquered cabinets, the
design team selected a resilient vinyl flooring
as the backsplash in the kitchen. This unex-
pected material is also used on the ceiling in
the foyer. By insetting the refrigerator into the
wall, it functions as part of the cabinetry to
maintain the kitchenâ€™s sleek, modern look. A
new sliding French door connects the kitchen
and breakfast area to the front patio. In addi-
tion, the team incorporated earthy tones
throughout the home, including on wood
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Lead Carpenter John Botkin, CLC Project Manager
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The master bath was streamlined to include a double vanity, which is
custom-made from pecan-stained cherry wood with tapered legs, made-to-
match handles, and a white matte finish countertop. A large round mirror above
the vanity highlights its vintage appearance, while the vanityâ€™s countertop spills
into the shower where soap bottles are hidden behind built-in cubbies. Special
features include horizontal wall tiles made of compressed Italian newspaper that
draw your eyes through the glass door, giving the appearance of a larger shower,
and a medicine cabinet door made from a piece of framed art for a touch of
whimsey. Wood barn doors stained to match the vanity open into walk-in
closets in the hallway leading from the bathroom to the bedroom.
The small, unusual shape of the powder room
off the entry hallway required the team to think
creatively about their design approach. A floor-to-
ceiling mirrored wall creates the illusion of a larger
room and reflects the hallwayâ€™s natural light. The
vanity and hand towel bar are mounted through the
mirror, with the flush-mount light fixture offering
interchangeable shades, lending the ability to
change the color palette of the room quickly and
The family now enjoys a home with stylish, func-
tional spaces that offer abundant natural light and
increased flow between rooms, as well as a unique
mid-century modern aesthetic. The Anthony Wilder
team of architects, kitchen and bath designers, and
lead carpenters worked closely with the clients to
provide innovative solutions for opening up the
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Jack and Jill Bathroom
In the boysâ€™ Jack and Jill bathroom, a vanity
separates the toilet from the shower,
providing privacy, while the sink is placed at a
functional height for growing boys. Neutral
paint and finishes allow the boys to customize the space with accessories that suit their
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CREATING EQUITY by Design Equity. Social Justice. What is it? How would you define it? And does Design have anything to do with it? By Lynne Wilkinson
I grew up as a military brat with a northern father and southern mother during the civil rights movement of the 1960s and as a young adult spent over a decade working in over 100 countries as a travel guide. As a result, I have been exposed to many different cultures, communities and viewpoints regarding race, equity and privilege and have experienced firsthand the effects on people and communities from war, poverty, and profound bias based on race, religion and gender.
started to wonder what causes such different outcomes? Why do some communities (and countries) implode while others evolve into societies where everyone can more equally experience Freedom, Dignity, Justice, Peace, Rule of Law, Hope, and Prosperity; the cornerstones of Social Justice?
I have seen communities that have been torn apart because of these issues. But I have also seen communities overcome these issues to become something better than they ever were before. And I
The old style of Police Stations – Maxwell Street Station in Chicago with bared lower windows housing the cells and three foot thick walls.
The old style of Police Stations – Maxwell Street Station in Chicago with bared lower windows housing the cells and three foot thick walls.
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The newer style created by Architect Jeanne Gang is a “Polis” station – a play on the greek word “Polis” which means City-State or the body of citizens. Inside the building are a variety of community spaces and outside are green spaces and a community basketball court where kids can even play with off duty police officers.
As a professional Interior Designer for two decades, I started to wonder “can Design create social justice?” And then I started to look for the answer. The answer is Yes!!! What I found is that creative designers are doing just that both here and around the world. Thousands of projects are healing communities and creating more equitable societies. One timely example of this in the US is the redesigning of Police Stations in a number of communities. During this time when many US communities are facing more militarized police and an “us against them mentally” is growing, a few designers are creating police stations that reunite the police with communities and are creating trust. How? By designing buildings that are community centers instead of fortresses. Buildings that are open to the public and where police officers can interact with local citizens in positive situations. These new police stations include everything from barber shops and basketball courts to community rooms that can be used for birthday parties and local celebrations. These new community police centers were created by designers working with everyday local citizens and the police officers to gather information and insight. The result is a more unified community where both police and citizens are able to interact with each other and get to know and trust each other.
Or the newest LA police station with gardens and community services:
Other examples of design creating equity are some of the solutions for homelessness, redesigning courtrooms to reduce bias and confusion, redesigning schools, libraries and even medical centers. Design is literally creating change everywhere! Ghandi said “Be the change that you wish to see in the world.” And since we, the interior designers and architects, are the ones creating the built world and with the amazingly creative and talented designers out there, imagine the change we can build!
Or West Anaheim, CA with an indoor gymnasium and youth center
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LAKE ANNA VIRGINIA Situated along one of the
largest freshwater reservoirs in Virginia lies a sparkling jewel
box that doubles as a modern
vacation home for a large
family and features sleek Snaidero cabinetry.
Channeling the spirit of Mies
van der Rohe, this treasure on
the lake is a culmination of the
homeownerâ€™s desire to truly
balance architecture with its
natural surroundings. With its
simple geometries and clean
lines, it is no surprise that the
homeowner is also a talented architect who designed and
built this dream home, a labor
of love for his family to enjoy for generations.
Jeffrey Davenport, Architect Perkins + Will Architect/Interior Design Shawna Dillon, ASID, Snaidero DC Metro Cabinet Designer
Photography by Jennifer Hughes, Photographer LLC Sources: Cabinetry: Snaidero Appliances: Miele Counter-tops: Caesarstone Plumbing: Franke/Grohe Floors: Carlisle Wide Plank Flooring Furniture: Knoll Glass Cladding on Exterior: StoVentec Glass
“Less is more” was certainly the driving force for
this project. The interiors were designed to
complement and blend into the architecture,
allowing the serenity of the landscape beyond the
glass to remain the primary focus. Like most
successful projects, this home appears effortless,
though every meticulous detail was considered
while utilizing the best and most advanced mate-
The home showcases a Snaidero WAY kitchen in
Cinnamon Walnut and Reflect White High Gloss
Lacquer and boasts the professional-style precision
of Miele appliances. The Italian high gloss lacquer
finish on the cabinetry reflects the landscape back
into the home, marrying the balance between
nature and the built environment. Just off the
kitchen is an installation of InterlockingRock®
BLOCKS by modularArts®. The fully dimensional
double-sided wall enhances the modern focus and
serves as a clever divide between the main entry
and the living space.
Generous corridors allow the family to move
comfortably throughout with the kitchen serving as
the ultimate gathering place. The enlarged island
can accommodate all the grandchildren and is
equipped with everything one needs to prepare
and serve meals, while facing outward, open to the
public space of the house and the incredible view
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The main purpose of the project was to create a home for a busy family to
come together for ease and enjoyment. Thus, the function of the interior
had to remain uncomplicated and easily maintained. We worked with the
architect to provide an efficient and streamlined layout for the kitchen to
stand as an integral part of the formal living space, without feeling cluttered
or heavy. Using materials that are easy to maintain, such as the Caesarstone
counter-tops and backsplash, allows this area to endure a lot of worry-free
use while preserving its ‘newly installed’ appearance.
Enjoying this type of serenity and seclusion does come with one challenge...
you are miles away from grocery stores and restaurants. For a family that
entertains a lot, and for many different age groups, this meant that the
kitchen had to include ample food storage and a variety of appliances,
including a Miele coffee machine. Incorporating all these appliances,
adequate seating, and plentiful work and storage space to support this type
of living, with a ‘less is more’ mentality, proved to be quite a challenge.
The master suite and laundry room also feature Snaidero cabinetry in an
Arctic White Gloss and Ash Resin finish. The additional five bathrooms
showcase LIBERA hanging vanities in White Matte Lacquer.
As we worked closely with the homeowner to realize this halcyon house the
following quote kept coming to mind: "Nature, too, shall live its own life. We
must beware not to disrupt it with the color of our houses and interior
fittings. Yet we should attempt to bring nature, houses, and human beings
together into a higher unity." - Mies van der Rohe
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Unity Health Care brings equitable access to high-quality affordable health care with a new health center in Washington D.C.’s most underserved area. Historically, in Washington D.C.’s Wards 7 and 8 east of the Anacostia River, residents lack access to healthcare and are forced to travel outside of their community to meet their healthcare needs. This often results in forgoing or delaying treatment, and ultimately worsened health outcomes. A lack of convenient, quality healthcare is common in communities of color and is one of the underlying reasons these communities have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Dedicated to eradicating health disparities in D.C.’s most vulnerable communities, Unity Health Care—a Federally Qualified Health Center— partnered with Howard University Hospital to bring essential healthcare services east of the river. The center offers comprehensive wellness, primary and specialty medical care, behavioral health, dental, urgent care, as well as WIC, laboratory and pharmacy services. The stateof-the-art health center is located in a mixed-use building developed and operated by local nonprofit So Others Might Eat (SOME) who hosts affordable housing and low-income job training programs. Gensler was chosen to design the new health center based on a long-running relationship with Unity that includes Gensler’s research at Unity’s Brentwood clinic (Winner of an ASID Outcome of Design Award). In a space largely devoid of daylight, the design team explored how a bright, joyful and welcoming place for the community could be created on a truly minimal budget. Using a modest palette of paint, linoleum, and plastic laminate, Gensler looked to the bold use of color as a strategy for creating the maximum impact on experience.
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The clever pops of color define functional zones and provide clear wayfinding throughout the space. Upon entry, a central reception area pinwheels out to each department, including six clinic pods. Each color-coded pod is supported by a multidisciplinary care team. As a Patient-Centered Medical Home, Unity’s care model focuses on whole-person health and education to improve community health and address the endemic health issues of the community: heart disease, diabetes, and asthma. As their importance as a critical part of a resilient public health infrastructure is becoming known, this project’s flexible design allowed it to operate as the first free COVID testing site in the center of the District’s hot spot (available to anyone, regardless of symptoms). They are removing common obstacles to care and bringing equitable services east of the river to D.C.’s most vulnerable residents.
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