Liberty Expansion by Ryan Newman

Cincinnati Children's - Liberty Expansion

Aimed to inspire discovery and learning, the theme for this 4th-floor inpatient expansion is the “universe”. The theme was selected for its appeal to pediatric patients, as well as its ability to provide tangible positive motivation for patients to get well and then apply learnings/seek new discoveries in the outside world once discharged.

Great Bear, Ursa Major, Pisces and other animal constellations cheerfully inhabit the corridors while star-shaped iridescent materials, flooring and twinkling light ceiling elements provide a sense of wonder and delight. Within the space, digital media provides patients with an opportunity to learn about the universe, the constellations and gain inspiration from notable space explorers.

Within the lobby, an interactive hands-free gaming system is staged within a space shuttle-like console that peers out onto planets and roaming space vehicles.

Each nurse station, color coded to compliment the wayfinding system, includes a breathtaking mural with star filled sky. In front of each mural, hanging translucent glass orbs create an illusion of planets.

Within the patient rooms, sky-like graphic ceiling tiles contain hidden objects providing a 'seek-n-find' game-like distraction for patients. Professional artwork throughout the unit also integrates in theme and color to support the overall concept of the space.

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Kolar Design

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HKS Architects
GBBN Architects

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ArtWorks and Artists

Messer Construction

PEDCO Engineers

RCF Group

JH Photo

Cincinnati Children's Proton Therapy Center by Ryan Newman

Providing the most progressive treatments for children and young adults with cancers and leukemias, Cincinnati Children’s Proton Therapy Center is one of only two pediatric proton facilities in the country, and the only one with a research program. Treatment visits are scheduled daily for multiple weeks at a time, resulting in unique bonding between and support needs for families. 

“As we take care of the toughest cases, we employ all the latest technologies from proton therapy to immune therapy to genomic-guided precision medicine. Likewise, we expect our facility to offer an excellent experience for patients and families”.
John Perentesis, MD
Co-Executive Director of the Cancer and Blood Diseases Institute at Cincinnati Children’s

Within the facility, a series of “gardens” were created to support these needs and to transform this medical facility into a warm, welcoming environment.

At the exterior, a colorful outdoor garden with sweeping paths, seating areas, engaging artwork, water feature and child-friendly games provide outdoor respite and connection spaces for families.

At the building entrance, the waiting area greets and welcomes with garden-like glass mounted grasses and animals, playful fish within a digital pond and a color changing hanging sculpture.

As the families leave the treatment area, a grove of trees along a winding river path adorns the route. Each tree cradles a set of chimes that are rung to commemorate a milestone in the patient’s treatment.

Throughout the space, inspirational graphics and artwork co-created by patients and professional artists continue to reinforce the garden theme while conveying messages of hope and support.

Completed | August 2016
Client | Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Project Team | Mary Dietrich, Allison Smith, John Kennedy, Blake Kishler
Partners | Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, Inc. + The Kleingers Group + Messer Construction
Photographer | JH Photo

"A piece of cancer-fighting equipment that weighs as much as 18 elephants. Enough concrete to pave a sidewalk from Cincinnati to Louisville, Kentucky. The most sophisticated technology available offering new hope for those battling the most challenging cancers.

This is big medicine intended to make a big difference.

Our new Proton Therapy Center is one of the most advanced cancer research and treatment centers in the country. The $120 million investment will provide more effective, targeted proton treatments to cancer patients of all ages."