Callison wins award for design of center for people with MS

Swedish MS Center (Seattle, Washington)

Swedish Neuroscience Institute opened the Multiple Sclerosis Center last year, consolidating all of its services for MS patients into an 11,700-square-foot facility at the Swedish Medical Center Seattle — Cherry Hill Campus.

Callison received an honorable mention for the center in the category of ambulatory care centers from the International Interior Design Association for 2013.

Sabey Construction was the contractor.

According to Swedish, the MS Center is the largest, most comprehensive facility of its kind on the West Coast and one of only a few in the country.

The center allows scientists, researchers, physicians and patients to work together on new treatment options.

Patients have access to neurologists; neuro-ophthalmologists; social workers; a psychologist; a speech therapist; vocational, physical, occupational and cognitive rehabilitation therapists; as well as others who specialize in supporting people with MS.

The clinic was designed using “evidence-based filters,” such as choice, social support, positive distraction, access to nature and lack of environmental stressors. For example, a living wall in the center helps make wayfinding more intuitive and also improves indoor air quality.

The location and layout of the clinic is designed to improve access for people with MS. A gym is filled with equipment designed for people with MS, and includes physical and rehabilitative therapy programs.

The center also has a 1,500-square-foot outdoor therapy terrace, shown here, that provides a safe environment for patients to work on improving their gait over different terrain.

The National MS Society’s Northwest Chapter said more than 12,000 people in Washington, Montana and Alaska have the disease. Approximately 9,500 of those cases are in Washington state, which has one of the highest incident rates in the country.