No matter how colorful and creative the playrooms are in a hospital, kids are still very aware that they’re in a medical facility. But thanks to an exciting new innovation, a hospital stay may become a much more hospitable experience for children and families. Having recently made its debut at Green Build 2013, the Pedia-Pod represents the future of compassionate care. Designed and built by NRB, the Pedia-Pod is an eco-friendly prefab unit that feels more like a home. Complete with a living area for staff and family, the structure comes readily assembled and is eligible for LEED Gold certification.
The 14′ by 42′ prefabricated Pedia-Pod can be ordered 100% ready to install from the NRB factory. Created using REVIT within the Building Information Modeling platform, the pod is constructed with steel for durability. Foam insulation and recycled content in the roof and floor allow the Pedia-Pod to withstand the elements and maintain a constant temperature, and its rain barrier and cement subfloor help to prevent mold. The exterior is clad with FSC wood pulp and fly ash diverted from landfills. The paint is VOC-free, and an interior drywall product actively removes VOCs from the air for an extra safety measure.
The interior of the Pedia-Pod is decorated with a soothing green hue, a dry-erase wall for drawing, and transforming appointments from Resource Furniture. A hospital bed sits in the center of the unit, and tables, chairs, and a fold-out couch provide a comfortable atmosphere for both the patient and attending family members. The bed’s mattress is biodegradable and free of chemicals and solvents. The Pedia-Pod facilitates a warm, welcoming space for both the ill and their caretakers. The relaxed setting helps to relieve stress and speed up the healing process. While treatment remains the top priority, a dose of enlightened architecture can support the administrations of doctors and nurses.
Images via Margaret Badore courtesy of Treehugger and NRB