IKM Inc

Forbes Hospital Obstetrics Unit Renovation


Location: Monroeville,  Pennsylvania
Completion: 2016
Project Area: 10,300 ft2
Market: Healthcare
Services: Architecture, Planning, Interior Design


Forbes Hospital engaged the IKM design team, as a trusted partner in the design process, immediately upon finding out that an agreement was signed to bring on a new obstetrics practice that would increase births at the Hospital by 156%.

The 10,300 square foot expansion and renovation had to be completed quickly. Programing and preliminary design work began in October of 2015. IKM and Forbes Hospital reviewed past occupancy rates of the existing Labor & Delivery Department.

“IKM provided national benchmarking occupancy rates for Labor and Delivery Departments from the Health Care Advisory Board,” said Mark Rubino, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Forbes Hospital. “We compared those to our prior years’ rates to determine our planning and programming space needs.”

The project involved relocating the one of the busiest medical/surgical units in the Hospital and design of new Postpartum Rooms that were on par in style, amenity and size as the existing LDRP rooms.

“Our design intent was to bring together the comforts of home with the details of a boutique hotel in a room that new mothers hope to be transferred to,” said Samara Wheaton, Interior Designer for IKM architects. She added, “New mothers should feel like they are at home, with an increased room size, more spacious toilet rooms and added family areas so all family members are able to feel comfortable. The increase in the room size also allows for moms and their new babies to room together comfortably.”

IKM’s proposed floor plan obtained approval from the Hospital in mid November 2015. IKM, with its decades of experience in healthcare design, understands that the thought and design that has to go into a set of construction documents involves far more than just a basic understanding of where doors and walls go. What followed was the creation of an expanded labor and deliver unit that was operational by February 2016 – only two and half months after programming was completed.