An Integrated Approach for Interior Design

Shawnee Mission Medical Center


In keeping touch with HMN Architects’ integrated design approach, the Interior Design Department is a vital part of our project team. Director of Interior Design and Associate, Amy Higgins, leads a team of two experienced designers.

Amy has been with HMN Architects since 2006 becoming a major asset to the Interior Design Department. She has experience in all aspects of design including construction administration, furniture specifications, and finish selections for a variety of projects, graphic design and construction documents.

NCIDQ Certified Designer, Sarah Wesely, joined HMN Architects in 2012 bringing innovative design solutions. Sarah has a vast knowledge of design including experience in a variety of markets and brings a fresh perspective to her projects.

At HMN since 2006, Natalie Kemp is a NCIDQ Certificate holder and LEED Accredited Professional who responds to client needs and assists in communicating design intent and making material selections. Natalie also has a great understanding of space planning and ADA requirements.

Integration? How?

HMN’s Interior Design Department creates customized solutions using materials that are not only durable and cost-effective but strength the attractive aesthetic of the facility. Our integrated design approach combines the needs of patients, families, and staff to provide sustainable interiors that increase the quality of the environment for the facility’s occupants. Working with the Architects and Engineers on the design team, HMN’s Interior Designers provide interior environments that enhance the design intent. As a member of the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), HMN Architects strives to incorporate aspects of the USGBC’s building practices.

We often ask our clients, “What do you want your facility to communicate?” At HMN, we feel that “The building tells a story about the service that service can not entirely tell by itself.” We find that clients are stumped trying to decide between the facility they want or the facility they need? Well, our team of architects and interior designers are here to interrupt that thought process to ask, “Why can’t you have both?” As healthcare patients demand the best quality of care from the facility they choose, the design of the space plays a key part in the impression patients have of that care. HMN’s designs create a welcoming and relaxing environment for all who enter the facility and the quality of those designs leave a lasting imprint.

Interior Design Services

With a full-range of services the Interior Design Department can work on a variety of project sizes. These services include:

  • Client Needs Assessment
  • Programming
  • Space Planning
  • Interior Architectural Detailing
  • Expertise in Material Selection
  • Presentation Boards & Marketing Materials
  • Tenant Finish Improvement & Design
  • Interior Renderings
  • Establish or Update an Interior Finish Standards Program
  • Fixture, Furniture & Equipment (F, F & E)
  • Artwork Planning & Consulting
  • Mock-Ups and Staging (for fundraising¬†purposes and/or professional photography at conclusion of project)
  • Lighting Design
  • Way-Finding Signage Design
  • Evidence-Based Design Focus

Focus for Quality

Patient Focus

We create and design facilities and interior design spaces that focus primarily on patients to create a healing place and a caring place. We want the facilities interiors to be innovative and inviting yet private. We have a patient centric design mind. We also find that in the healthcare industry, our designs are better for the quality of care when there is a connection to nature.

Family Focus

Knowing that patients loved ones are often frequenting the facility, we want to make sure we are family focused as well. We want the families of the patients to feel comfort in knowing their loved ones are being cared for with top-notch quality. We want to provide the atmosphere with gathering spaces, respite, retreat and nourishment.

Staff Focus

We are well-aware that the facilities is most frequented by staff. We want to ensure we are staff focused as they are the heart of the facility. To do so, we want to ensure the staff feels value in a demanding and ever-changing field. We achieve staff focus by providing team building, proximity, functionality, education and more to each and every one of our facilities.

Facility Focus

You can’t have a great quality of care without a great overall facility. We ensure our design is one that can easily and efficiently be maintained. Of course, we want the facility to look great with innovative aesthetics but we also want to ensure that the environment is cleanable and durable.

Integrated Focus

Integration and innovation is taking over right now. Our interior designers know and understand the need that the facility needs to be a healing environment. We provide many of our facilities with unique healing gardens in a caring culture. By integrating a lot of nature aspects into the design, we are helping the facility and staff in their goal to promote health.


To create a integrated design for your healthcare facility, we need the staff, patient, facility, and family needs and wants to come together as one big goal. HMN is here to tell you that whatever the goal may be, it is achievable. Now that it is 2017, sustainability has only grown to be more current over the past decade. The Interior Design Department has realized that sustainable environments and designs are the future of healthcare. We have already started to acknowledge recycled content, resource reuse, regional materials, certified wood, and low emitting materials as a great start to integrating sustainability in our design. Through a holistic approach, we have evidence-based design strategies for improving results, minimizing stress, improving patient and staff safety, improving the work environment, and improving patient and staff satisfaction. We consider these strategies for every project, every time.

Posted on June 9, 2017
Category: HMN Services

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