Hospital Addresses Safety and Aesthetic Concerns

AIA Priority Category:

  • Design & Health




Rockville Hospital


Vernon, Conn.

Design Team:

Moser Pilon Nelson Architects

Product Specs:

Altro Wood, Altro Aquarius, Altro Whiterock

Originally Published:

Rockville Hospital boasts a strong behavioral health unit that provides support and specialized, sophisticated services for many areas of mental health, including addictions, anxiety, depression and other counseling.


As part of its renovation, Rockville Hospital was looking for flooring that would provide safety and aesthetics for patients and visitors alike.


Jeff Lawton, Moser Pilon Nelson Architects, worked with Rockville hospital to select flooring, and ultimately chose Altro Wood, Altro Aquarius and Altro Whiterock products for use throughout the unit. The project had originally called for other alternatives, but Jeff Lawton, a fan of Altro products, thought they might be better suited for the hospital’s needs. The Altro Regional representative met with Jeff Lawton and Rockville Hospital housekeeping staff to present Altro flooring, showing the proper cleaning regimen. The hospital was convinced, and they moved forward with the installation. Altro Wood, to the tune of 1500 sq. yards’ worth, became the patient rooms’ and corridors’ flooring of choice. An attractive, general purpose 2-mm wood-look sheet vinyl floor that can cope with medium to heavy foot traffic—exactly what busy hospital floors require.

For the bathrooms and other wet areas throughout the unit, the Altro Aquarius was specified for the floors, accompanied by Altro Whiterock hygienic wall panels on the walls. The surface profile of Altro Aquarius makes it ideal for wet environments, fit for both bare feet and shoes, providing slip resistance in an area where slipping and falling is a major concern. Also, the soothing tones and subtle patterns of Altro Aquarius are particularly beneficial in behavioral health settings where patients are negatively affected by bright, elaborate colors.

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