The CMA lobby renovation of the Tower, Building 1A, cost effectively updates the waiting area and creates a gift shop for the new mothers and babies. The Tower is one of the oldest, yet most highly utilized buildings on the UC Irvine’s medical campus. The upper floors of the medical center tower are bed units, including the post-partum maternity beds. The existing lobby is a small but highly trafficked area. Mothers and babies, along with their families, use this lobby to access the maternity floors and as a waiting room. The goal of the renovation was to give this space a fresh and uplifting spirit.
CMA brightened the existing lobby by removing window coverings, letting in additional light and painting the walls of the high volume space a clean white. The high aluminum metal ceiling is painted a dark barn brown to balance the proportions of this relatively small but tall space. The upholstery and accent colors are maternity friendly in the light blue, yellow and green. A small gift shop cabinet is included in the design. The cabinet offers presents and toys for new moms and babies. The cabinet is designed in bright colors with open display areas. It locks up at night for safety. Access to the lobby and the bed tower is 24 hours.
Design Firm: Cynthia Mabus Architecture. Cynthia Mabus Principal Architect.