Within the overall Radiology Department designed by ThinkForm under a separate contract, the MRI Suite was executed as a High-Tech space Design-Build centered around a new Toshiba Vantage Titan 1.5 Tesla Magnet. ThinkForm provided architectural design and full engineering coordination for the MRI Suite and the temporary mobile MRI brought on site during construction. The Project Area included the MRI waiting area, MR Control Room, Exam Room and Mechanical Equipment Room. Systems design included mechanical, plumbing, lighting, power, and fire protection.
The project was integral to accelerating cultural transformation of Imaging Services at the East Orange Campus as a Pebble Project using evidence-based design strategies (EBD). The design action plan to create a patient- centered Imaging Service began with a collaborative and integrated approach that included staff from Patient-Centered Care, Imaging, Facilities Management, Medical Service/Simulation, design team, and users. The design took into account sustainable design practices such as energy efficiency (light fixtures & Energy Star equipment), water conservation (low-flow plumbing fixtures), improve indoor environmental quality (day- lighting & low-emitting materials), and reduce the environmental impact of materials (recycled content & bio-based content). The team implemented an Evidence-Based Design approach which is supportive of healing and well-being.