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In a collaborative effort with the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory Health, our teammates designed a state-of-the-art center with key stakeholders to offer a new, one-of-a-kind facility for the Cognitive Empowerment Program. Using evidence-based design strategies, we developed a space that allows patients to feel comfortable, confident, and at home. The key drivers for the project were engagement and respect to create an environment that allows healthcare professionals and caregivers to take a holistic approach to empower individuals diagnosed with Mild Cognitive Impairment.

The design team incorporated elements that bring the outside in to leverage the health and well-being benefits of nature including a variety of plants and a soothing color palette of greens. The flooring features natural wood grain patterns and carpet with color and design reminiscent of moss, which supports both the goal of including nature while also adding a pop of color. The perimeter of the center is almost entirely surrounded by windows to welcome an abundance of natural lighting. 

Throughout the facility, a variety of flexible space types and technology allows patients to participate in activities to restore the aging process and promote cognitive function and provide caregivers with tools to better support independent living. As a result, patients now have a space for sharing and a community that promotes reconnection and rehabilitation.