Lauritzen Outpatient Center & Fritch Surgery Center wins IIDA IDEA award

We are thrilled to announce the recognition of the Nebraska Medicine Lauritzen Outpatient Center & Fritch Surgery Center by the International Interior Design Association’s (IIDA) Great Plains Chapter! At this year’s annual Interior Design Excellence Award (IDEA) ceremony, the project was honored with the Healthcare Category Award for exceptional quality of work.

After years of planning and construction, the highly anticipated Lauritzen Outpatient Center & Fritch Surgery Center (LOC) opened on the Nebraska Medicine campus in the fall of 2016. The LOC is a one-stop, patient-centered care facility designed to provide the best possible experience for all.

Capitalizing on increasing outpatient volumes, the interior building elements were motivated by the opportunity to conveniently and efficiently bring end users together in one place. The interior and exterior of the building are woven together through two major design concepts of “suture” as connection and “dressing” as protection. The wrapping or “suturing” of wood panels throughout the space creates a dynamic ceiling system and linear quality to help guide patients to their destinations. Nodes of color accents act as wayfinding for patients to find specific departments. The simple tile floor pattern, undulating accent wall tiles, and wood panels support the concept of visual connection. The overall material palette is clean, sophisticated and soft, offering a comfortable and inviting environment for patients and their families.

The Lauritzen Outpatient Center & Fritch Surgery was designed and constructed through an effective collaboration of teams including MCL Construction, RDG Planning & Design, Specialized Engineering Solutions, Nebraska Medicine, Thompson Dreessen, Dorner, Inc., Olsson Associates, HOK St. Louis, and countless sub-contractors.

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