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DIRTT
  • Location
    Kansas City, Missouri
  • Year
    2018
  • Duration
    4
    months
  • Sq Ft
    42000
  • Architect
    Pulse Design Group
  • General Contractor
    JE Dunn Construction

Putting patient experience first

In such a competitive industry, patient experience and well-being come first. Patients have so many options for their elective surgeries. They look for healing environments with low infection rates. The doctors at Kansas City Orthopaedic Institute (KCOI) were ready to improve the care spaces for their patients. But they needed a better option than conventional construction.

How would they continue to care for patients during the renovation and adjacent new construction? What about dust and noise? How could they make their space agile enough to expand their patient care in years to come?

The design of an orthopaedic institute is unique. Patients are more active than a typical hospital. Spaces need to accommodate physio therapy. Wheelchairs are common and surfaces need to be especially durable. All of the KCOI staff provided input into the design to meet these unique needs. But as Kevin Purvis, Director of Healthcare Planning at Pulse Design Group puts it, “you just cannot expect [everyone] to understand two dimensional drawings. You can review those drawings with them a dozen times and they're going to get surprised when it gets built.” With ICE® visualizations, all the staff could see how the space would suit their needs. And they didn’t have to understand blueprints to do it.

When construction was underway, it was so quick and quiet that patients weren’t disturbed. Dust and debris was kept at bay. The DIRTT spaces are so easy to clean, that infection rates will stay incredibly low at the hospital. As one of the doctors put it, “by the time we looked at time savings and the lack of all the dust, you get something that was much nicer at a very similar price.”

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One of the biggest issues with orthopedic joint replacements is infection. So having a facility like this where the infection rate is so small is really important to patients. A lot of patients seek out this institute for that very purpose.

Dr. Mark Rasmussen M.D., KCOI Surgery
  • Take A Tour

    Reception
  • Integrated tech is easy to clean
  • Patient room
  • Med gas and equipment integration
  • Screens and art are integrated into the walls
  • Patient restroom
  • Photography on Willow® Glass
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Efficient electrical

DIRTT’s plug-and-play power makes for rapid on-site installation. All while it reduces waste and improves adaptability for any future changes.

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Latest tech in the walls

Cleanly integrate any type of technology and keep it secure. Maximize function and looks while you save space.

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Ultra thin and incredibly durable

Corning® Willow® Glass incorporates vibrant graphics into your space. Crystal clear glass makes them look great. It's impact resistant, plus you can write on or clean the surfaces.

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Easy-to-clean walls

DIRTT’s healthcare optifiller encloses Enzo reveals between wall tiles. It makes an easy-to-clean surface and improves infection prevention.

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Do more with your walls

WriteAway™ film combines a dry-erase marker board with your walls for an integrated and more elegant solution. Add graphics or inspire collaboration without unsightly ghosting.

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Better sound privacy

DIRTT takes a holistic approach to sound management. This means we can meet the acoustic requirements and speech privacy needs of any space.

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The look of permanence

The Enzo™ system delivers a chic aesthetic with slim reveals. It gives a sense of permanence in a modular space.

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