Published in Medical Construction & Design: Grounded Art

October 8, 2019

Flooring’s increasing role in creative, effective healthcare spaces

By Laurena Clark, Lynn Befu, and Ena Kenny


Flooring in a healthcare environment quite literally occupies every square foot of the facility. It is key in making a first, second, and even third impression as patients and staff make their way through the hospital—giving a sense of comfort, cleanliness, and quality. This article represents the latest trends in healthcare flooring.

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Florida Hospital for Women. Orlando, Florida


About the Authors

Collaborating with architects, engineers, and clients, Laurena Clark finds the solutions that best suit their goals. From high-level visioning through all phases of the design process, she ensures that intent is met during construction. Such was the case with the Women’s Auxiliary Volunteers (WAV) PlayPark at SickKids Hospital in Toronto. A volunteer-led space, it creates a positive atmosphere for the siblings of children in care, a point that was key in the visioning process.

For over 30 years, Lynn Befu has been integrating interior design and architecture. Although most of her work has focused on healthcare interiors, she’s worked on laboratory, commercial workplace, and hospitality projects. Lynn promotes the concept of empathetic design, particularly in healthcare—the integration of interiors and design concepts to improve the human experience.

Ena Kenny is passionate about the development of healthcare interiors and its impacts on people. In her more than 10 years as an interior designer, she has been focused on creating supportive and patient-centered environments. Whether its problem solving, presenting concepts and ideas, or working in large teams, Ena thrives in environments that allow her to collaborate with others. Her creative work is grounded by her practical design skills and ability to draw out the needs and concerns of client user groups.


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