Planned Parenthood of New York City sought an open, light-filled, uplifting Article 28 reproductive health facility that would be an expression of the future of the organization, welcome the diverse residents of the borough, evoke respect for patient dignity and individual reproductive health choice, and provide an excellent patient experience, particularly for the youth in the borough. Simple, clean and logical floor plans provide an efficient and easy patient flow while maximizing the limited light. Waiting rooms with large windows are located on the front façade and fire stairs are transformed into open, spatially delightful communicating stairs with fire-rated glass, natural light, bright colors and custom graphics. Taking advantage of a zoning set-back, the recovery room is naturally lit by skylights. The sleek, white aesthetic is punctuated with a bold color system and custom graphics. The youthful, calm and joyous architecture offers an uplifting experience for patients and staff and serves as a model for future reproductive health facilities.
“The scale and contextual response of this clearly executed project is commendable. The articulation of the façade maximizing view of the tree canopy, thoughtful use of color and details, furniture selection and integration of graphics are well orchestrated. For a modest $5 million budget, the project achieved a high level of consistency and sophistication.”
Douglas Hocking, Jury Chair, AIA National Healthcare Design Award
“Thanks to the thought that went into building this facility, which will, one might hope, serve as a prototype, those who visit the Diane L. Max center will feel cared for, even pampered, at a time when they very much need it.”
Claire Barliant, Metropolis Magazine
“The 'North Star' for the rest of the Federation!”
Cecile Richards, President of Planned Parenthood Federation of America
An intensive programming phase enabled PPNYC to take a fresh look at the organization and design of their centers. Diagrams developed by SYA assisted PPNYC in refining patient flow and identifying opportunities for gaining efficiencies in space and workflow, with the goal of achieving the best possible patient and staff experience.
Creating an Appropriate “Atmosphere”
SYA utilized concept boards to assist PPNYC in determining the appropriate feeling and experience for patients and staff.