Arkansas Heart Hospital
Strong Hearts Rehabilitation Center
Little Rock, AR
This cardiac rehabilitation center was designed to help prevent, control, and reverse heart-related conditions. Patients are prescribed cardiac rehabilitation by their doctor after a cardiac event or diagnosis has been made. The center offers a modern kitchen with nutrition and cooking demonstrations, specialized exercise equipment, and gym space focused on rehabilitation for individual coaching sessions and multipurpose areas for strength and stretch class sessions.
This project is the recipient of an ASID Silver Award.
One of the central focuses of the design revolved around the gym space. It was a major concern of Arkansas Heart Hospital to be able to monitor the exercise space since most of the patients come to the center shortly after major surgery. With this in mind, a centralized observation point allows trainers direct line of sight in all directions.
The client was particularly concerned with sound and vibration disturbing other users on floors below. In order to address this, two levels of sound absorbing rubber padding were installed under the flooring and the free weight area received a thicker pad. Durable materials were used throughout and included sheet rubber and vinyl plank flooring, high pressure laminate, and 100% Silicone fabric for patient seating.