TriHealth Thomas Comprehensive Care Center

Interior Architecture- Large Scale (>5,000 sf)

Project Narrative

From the outset, the client and designers worked collaboratively. Interdisciplinary workshops developed the project vision, goals, and strategies. Key concepts that emerged were finding ways to make all care multidisciplinary, leveraging the built environment to restore hope and dignity while supporting clinicians with responsive work environments and restorative respite spaces.

Instead of long, door-lined interior hallways, patients find a combined, vertical circulation path infused with life and light. Exterior gardens give way to a three-story wall of living foliage that climbs the atrium’s height. Clerestory windows allow natural light into exam rooms while protecting patient privacy and helping generate the building’s distinctive, horizontal orientation. Every clinic also features convenient, staff-only haven spaces and terraces, allowing caregivers to connect to nature as they take a moment of respite.

Choice and community empower and comfort patients within the infusion clinic, where they choose between fully or semi-private bays or communal lounge seating. The infusion clinic also looks onto a roof-top viewing garden; and 27 of the 33 infusion bays offer a view to the outdoors.

Flanked by the three-story living wall and two faceted, perforated wall screens, the wraparound walkway and stairs skirts the atrium, encouraging physical activity. Though large, the building seems manageable, because it’s organized into a series of highly visible destinations. Patients easily locate their clinic or an abundance of resources they can use between appointments.


Project Details

Submission Category

Interior Architecture- Large Scale (>5,000 sf)

Date of Completion

July, 2020

Submitting Firm Name


Project Team

Landscape Architect

REALM Collaborative



Interior Designer



Urban Blooms


Turner Construction


Cincinnati, Ohio



Design Firm(s)


Project Team

Cassidy Staver, Ted Huster, Michael Lied, Dean Furlan, Angela Mazzi, Megan Mershman, Phil Babinec, Jay Studer, Mickey LeRoy, Stephanie Shroyer, Matthew Schottelkotte


Brad Feinknopf + GBBN