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Student decorates health facility


Delilah Davis found a way to combine her nursing degree from The University of Tennessee with interest in interior design. It’s just what Summit View of Farragut, a senior health care facility, needed to create a new-world, French-style environment.

Davis, a senior in interior design at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, chose to provide an interior design plan for Summit View as her senior project.

“My passion is for health care design,” Davis said. “I enjoy trying to figure out ways to make [the facility] more family friendly.”

Dr. Margaret Ann Jeffries, department head for Interior Design Technology at Pellissippi State, contacted Davis when Summit View expressed interest in finding a student to provide an interior design plan for the facility, Davis said.

Davis, who is in her 40s, has two children, Isabella, 9, and Jessica, 15, and is married to Steve Davis.

“I’m kind of one of those people with a divided life,” Davis said. “I love art, science and people and this is a way to combine all that.”

Davis worked with Ron Lawrence, director of Summit View, to decide on colors and ideas for the design, but it was not long before Davis was providing her unique ideas, Lawrence said.

Lawrence started looking into new design ideas in Fall 2005.

“I gave her some parameters, but really just turned her loose,” Lawrence said. “She came up with the colors, everything. When my wife and I looked at her designs we just said my goodness.”

Davis has chosen Renoir and Monet prints, beige and hunter-green paints, and dark brown wood finishing for the 40,000-square-feet facility, Lawrence said.

“She understands health care and the moods you need to set,” Lawrence said. “She has a very bright future in interior design.”

Davis chose more traditional colors and classical finishes that would be inviting for the patient. She also chose specific carpet, sofas, armchairs and tables, Lawrence said.

“It’s important for the visitor and patient to be in a lovely place to look at that … makes us more cheerful,” Davis said. “Anything you can do to make a place where people could be facing life and death situations a little easier is needed.”

Elevated flowerbeds, and wheelchair-accessible pathways will also be added in the courtyard area, Lawrence said.

“We just want to make it so warm and inviting,” Lawrence said. “But we also have to be gentle, kind and very considerate of [the patient’s] lifestyle.”

Construction will be completed in phases, possibly until Spring 2007, to decrease the amount of interruption in the lives of the patients, Lawrence said.

Davis has completed the design package, but will be available for questions from constructors until the project is completed, she said.

Davis will graduate December 2007 and plans to work in commercial interior design.

 

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