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Dr. Judah Garfinkle Orthodontics a 2015 Design Is…Award Market Winner

Shaw Contract Group conducted interviews with all firms representing Market-Award winning projects from the 2015 Design Is…Award program. As part of this process, we share a portion of the response on our blog for readers to learn more about the winning projects.  These are their stories.

Here, Alyson Pierce addresses the design process for Dr. Judah Garfinkle in Portland, OR.


Describe this project in one word.


How does this project demonstrate how design can impact users in a space?

This project was largely based on the doctor’s charismatic personality and legacy in his profession. Dr. Judah Garfinkle’s objective was to build a state of the art facility which incorporated his family’s rich history in orthodontics and his modern approach of practice. His family’s connection to New York and his love for Portland also played a major role in coming up with the concept of New York meets the NW. We took advantage of the wooded scenery with picturesque windows and panoramic views. The design decision was made to add a layer of transparency to promote the transference of natural light throughout the clinic. The design team also incorporated a seamless glass entry, clear glass sliders, and frosted glass panels in the clinic to further achieve inner illumination.

The doctor wanted his modern aesthetic and energetic personality to also be translated in the design with bright pops of color, speakers pumping out music, and his signature, a bowtie. The front desk design came together by visiting a warehouse with reclaimed wood, and choosing the juniper slab that would be the show piece of the reception area while the white subway tile with dark grout reflects his love for New York. Also integral to the design was the combination of carpet that was used. Since we wanted to achieve a sense of movement and energy throughout the space, incorporating Blur and Overlay carpet tiles was the perfect design solution. Both carpets have a gradation to them that when installed, look like flashes of yellow light. Strategically placed pops of the Colour Plank tile in Saxony Blue reinforced the movement throughout the space.


Design is a process. Explain your journey.

The 3,400 square foot space required a complete remodel and gut of several vacant suites. The challenging mixture of spaces and L-shaped space was initially thought to be a constraint however the design team was able to take advantage this by creating separate work areas for staff and clinic areas for patients.

Understanding the needs of the staff and optimizing the patient experience were key elements that were emphasized in all phases and ultimately contributed to the success of this project. Thoughtful space planning and placement of patient and staff areas allow patients to move through the clinic effectively while staff remain functional. Wider circulation was implemented, to avoid potential bottle necking at check-in and check-out areas as well as an open treatment bay to maximize the exposure to nature, and to avoid feeling claustrophobic. Due to the ceiling height constraints, the design focused on inset panels of timber to create interest on all plains, and to bring the Northwest outdoors in. Not only is the clinic a fun and memorable space for younger clientele to visit but it is also a modern and efficient space to work in.


What are the most important lessons you’ve learned through this project that you’d want to share with the designers of tomorrow?

Collaboration and communication are extremely important in a job as technical as Dr. Judah Garfinkle’s. The design-build process really lends itself well in these situations because solutions are often found before a problem has surfaced. Collaboration between the designers and contractor, was key to the success of this remodel.

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NEOCON: Exploring the Design Implications of the Affordable Care Act

MASS Design Group and Shaw Contract Group host CEU presentation at NeoCon

As we design new infrastructure solutions within the current restraints on development, we must recognize that hospital architecture remains our interface with the healthcare system and should be considered an integral factor in approaching the problem of access.  Designers have a current opportunity to participate in the conversation of designing integrated solutions to persistent problems in healthcare.

On June 15, during Chicago’s annual NeoCon expo, Shaw Contract Group will present a compelling look at how the Affordable Care Act impacts the future of healthcare design during a live conversation with Michael Murphy of MASS Design Group. A non-profit design firm based in Boston, MA and Kigali, Rwanda, MASS Design Group provides infrastructure, buildings, and the human and physical systems necessary for growth, dignity and wellbeing.

The event includes lunch and provides attendees an opportunity to earn CEU credit (IDCEC and AIA qualifying for Health Safety Wellness). The event is limited to a small audience, but designers and architects who will not be at NeoCon can schedule a filmed version of this CEU by contacting their local Shaw Contract Group Account Manager.

NeoCon is the largest commercial interiors show in North America, taking place at The Merchandise Mart in Chicago since 1969.  The three-day event is the premier platform for connecting, learning and doing business in the industry, and attracts 50,000 design professionals and 700 exhibitors.  Visit www.neocon.com for more information.

About Shaw Contract GroupAs a global leader in floor covering, Shaw Contract Group defines design through great appearance, performance and sustainability.  Its’ Cradle to Cradle Silver Certified products are 100% recyclable and perform in commercial spaces around the world.  Shaw Contract Group has received Best of NeoCon awards for its carpet collections every year since 2002; was rated “best overall business experience” by facility managers and designers; and was recognized among Contract magazine’s top ten “Brands that Inspire.”  A brand of Shaw Industries, Shaw Contract Group combines the expertise of the world’s largest carpet manufacturer with the financial stability of a Berkshire Hathaway subsidiary. For more information, visit shawcontractgroup.com.




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Hues for Healing in Healthcare Design

Bringing color into a healthcare setting can liven up the space, but much thought must go into choosing the right hue for the area. Healthcare Design magazine talked with Jackie Jordan, director of color marketing for Sherwin-Williams, about trends in color for healthcare and which are best suited for individual spaces.

So what colors does Jordan recommend?
“You want a nice balance of both warm and cool colors. Cool colors tend to be more calming, so things that are in the blues and the blue-greens, those types of colors really put people at ease because they do bring a sense of tranquility…You want to balance those colors with some warmth, as well, using neutrals, beautiful beiges, warm wood tones to go along with those and give you a nice sense of tranquility. But stay away from those highly saturated, vibrant yellows and reds, those types of colors that can certainly make you feel a little bit more anxious.” She believes bolder colors should be reserved for higher activity spaces, like children’s activity rooms. If a more saturated hue is chosen for a patient room, it’s better to be behind the bed as opposed to in front.

Our own healthcare design manager, Ashley Ginn, agrees with Jordan, stating that the use of color can help translate a positive mood, which encourages the healing process. “Using colors found in nature can make an environment feel more peaceful and relaxing, while in pediatric environments, the use of warm colors like yellow and orange are recommended to make a space feel bright, warm and playful to help relieve stress for little ones and those who care for them,” says Ginn.

Methodist Women's Hospital in Omaha, NE featuring Shaw Contract Group Parody tile

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