The $560 million dollar expansion of the south tower at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County transformed the hospital from a regional pediatric care facility to a national leader in children’s hospitals. The state-of-the-art facility includes private patient rooms with over 450 safety enhancements designed to reduce hospital error and patient stress. Award-winning architect Gary Owens, a leader in medical campus architecture and planning nationwide, designed the building to include green building practices which created a vibrant, functional space. Bison products were used to enhance two of the hospital’s outdoor spaces.
Bison Smooth 8-Plank Ipê Wood Tiles and Versadjust Pedestals were used on the hospital rooftop deck area, located outside the pre‐teen and teen rooms and features 3,000 square feet of landscaping, outdoor benches, and a bear sculpture in honor of the hospital’s mascot, Choco. Designed to look like a beach boardwalk, the play area also doubles as a rehab space where children can come to do their physical therapy. Bison’s Wood Tiles are not only a durable option for the play area but also create an attractive, warm outdoor space that blends seamlessly with the rest of the ultra-modern hospital. Bison 2×2 and 2×4 Smooth 8-Plank Ipê Wood Tiles and Versadjust Pedestals were used in the outdoor patio and public garden area, as well. With more the 7,000 square feet of space, this outdoor public garden includes seating, a dining area, and other features to promote a serene environment where patients and their families can enjoy some respite and fresh air. Located on the perimeter of the garden is the Garden of Messages Wall. A space where patients, families, and friends can sponsor a special message of their choice on a butterfly, dragonfly, frog, or ladybug, creating a unique mosaic of color around the wire mesh fence!
Architect: FKP Architects
General Contractor: McCarthy Building Companies Inc.
Completion Date: 2012