Hospital Room Design featuring Corian® Interior Wall Surfacing

Dawn Willey, Facility Manager

Salve Regina University, Newport, Rhode Island

Jerry Scully, Project Manager
Edward Clinton, Architect, Clinton Design Associate

ISSUES

  • Creating a sterile, low-maintenance environment around all sink, counter and “wet” areas in the hospital.
  • Designing an appealing patient room and bathroom that is open and user-friendly to both the patients and staff.
  • Keeping installation and maintenance costs of materials used in all facility renovations on budget while meeting the performance and aesthetic goals.

CHALLENGES

  • Laminate countertops around sinks kept peeling due to standing water left by each user, making them difficult to clean and disinfect.
  • Tile with grout is difficult and time consuming to keep clean and requires maintenance work every 3–5 years.
  • Infection control with any material in hospital applications is critical.

SOLUTIONS

  • Undermount sinks and countertops made of Corian® provide a durable, cost-effective alternative to porcelain sinks and laminate.
  • Corian® provides a beautiful, low-maintenance wall cladding option in the patient bathroom/shower areas. The walls are virtually seamless and can be easily and repeatedly washed and disinfected with no deterioration to the surface.
  • Nonporous Corian® is resistant to water degradation and does not support the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. There are no seam gaps or grout to trap moisture and soil.

BENEFITS

  • It costs only 5% more to install Corian® versus cheaper competitive surfacing materials yet it will save much more than that each year in reduced maintenance costs.
  • Corian® is durable and renewable, helping to eliminate the inconvenience of ongoing repairs.
  • Corian® is solid all the way through. It resists chips, stains, cracks and scratches unlike less expensive surfaces. Corian® will remain looking as clean and new as the day it was installed with proper care and cleaning.

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