Client:Gregory W. Fulton ALS & Neuromuscular Disorder Clinic
Every aspect of the design took into account the unique clinical needs of patients with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. The overall concept is based on nature, with a goal of helping create a calm, functional and therapeutic environment for people undergoing extreme physical challenges. Lighting and specialty glass will be used to mimic the soothing effects of water, and the flooring will resemble grass underfoot. The corridors will be extra wide to accommodate larger wheel chairs, and the bathrooms will be spacious so that patients needing assistance may be accompanied.
At the same time, the design will have high-end features while maintaining strict adherence to the project budget. The progressive vision of the Fulton Center as a functioning medical research laboratory necessitates a state-of-the-art medical and research setting. Patients come to the Fulton Center to receive the latest, most innovative treatments in the field and to benefit from new scientific discoveries led by the world’s foremost ALS research scientist.
Several new features will expand facility services and research, with the focus being care first, followed by research and support. An Infusion (IV) Center and clinical center with exam rooms will be built for patients. A research area will accommodate scientific work to find a cure for ALS. A resource center will provide space for educational activities and learning more about the disease.
One major challenge was completing the project on a fast time-frame, in a single phase, including selection of furniture, artwork and audio-visual components to complement the functions of the center. The plan also needed to coordinate and align with nearby construction work, in terms of placement of utilities.
ARCHSOL fully appreciated the importance of properly serving this project. Established by philanthropist Ira Fulton in memory of his son Gregory, an ALS patient, the clinic has a vital mission to fulfill: to serve as an uplifting, modern environment where staff members and scientists deliver the latest, most innovative medical treatments to help patients fight this disease.
- Design features with soothing elements of nature
- Wide corridors and bathrooms for larger wheelchairs
- Major research area to focus on finding a cure
- New Infusion (IV) Center
- Resource Center to learn more about ALS
- Clinical center with exam rooms