Mercy's Regional Marketing and Communications Manager David Morris says, "We just can't wait for it to be done. We're ready anyway. I know a lot of folks have commented on that today. They're just ready to get into a final space." That eagerness set the tone for today's interior design preview.
Two firms are working on the final sketches and couldn't agree more. One design firm will incorporate clean lines, flexibility, and functionality into their upcoming plans.
"This process usually takes a little longer to do than it has, but we are in an accelerated schedule. So it's taking around 6 to 8 months, but usually it takes over a year," says Ana Pinto Alexander from HKS Architecture. "We have found this community to be very open and so kind. That actually inspires us to do better every time."
That same sentiment will translate into making the new Mercy feel warm and welcoming. Kerry Schuette, Mercy's Director of Interior Design, explains, "We've used a palette that is timeless, we hope. Full of vibrancy. Modern and forward-thinking, but also rooted in history."
The designers say two key features of the plans include "Spiritual Presence" and "Simplicity." Design materials have also gone through tests to ensure hospital safety and a sterile environment.