As the only Minnesota hospital system providing comprehensive care exclusively to children, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota is one of the 10 largest children’s health organizations in the U.S., with 326-staffed beds at two hospital campuses in St. Paul and Minneapolis.

Their mission of giving children a better place to heal is evidenced by the work done in this phase of remodeling in their Minneapolis facility that includes NICU, Emergency Admissions and waiting, family lounge, labs, and a new single occupancy patient room standard.

Their status as an independent, not-for-profit healthcare system drove solutions that combine the reuse of existing furniture, along with new, in creating aesthetically pleasing, efficient and cost-effective healing environments.

Design: Ellerbe Becket

PhotographyAndrea Rugg

Iora Primary Care offers a unique approach to healthcare, with a primary care model that is designed to treat the whole person. By engaging a collaborative team of doctor, nurse, and health coach for each patient, Iora focuses on offering comprehensive primary care for older adults on Medicare.  To aid in the success of this model, Iora partners with an organization for each of their practices.

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors is proud to have an ongoing relationship with Iora Primary Care and their sponsor organization, in Littleton and multiple other locations throughout Colorado, Arizona, and Washington. Atmosphere collaborated with Iora Health (Iora Primary Care’s corporate brand) and their architect, LGA, to provide furniture solutions that matched the function and design intent of each location.

The practices include exam and consulation rooms, reception areas, a group/class room, kitchen, and staff areas that Atmosphere furnished with a combination of Steelcase, Ideon, and Source International products to create comfortable and easily accessible spaces for patients and the Iora Health teams.

Architect:  LGA

Photographer:  Ken Gutmaker

ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center offers a new approach to cancer care, with all the services patients need under one roof. This team approach to care meant a wide range of spaces to furnish, and led ThedaCare to Steelcase and Atmosphere Commercial Interiors. Steelcase’s research-driven approach to furniture, along with Atmosphere’s service and design capabilities, offered the innovation and attention to detail that were required to meet the needs of patients and staff – as well as a fast-track timeline.

Spaces throughout the cancer center provide a balance of collaboration and privacy for patients and staff. Large exam rooms with conference call capabilities allow patients and families to communicate with their entire healthcare team. Collaboration among healthcare staff is facilitated by a team workspace with settings that include height-adjustable tables, Sync workstations, lounge seating, and V.I.A. walls with built-in monitors. Nearby enclaves are also constructed of V.I.A. walls, and offer privacy for one-on-one discussions and staff respite.

Atmosphere is proud to be a part of the team that helped to create this innovative new healthcare facility.

Design: HGA

Photography: Paul Crosby

“Building the ThedaCare Regional Cancer Center gave us the opportunity to develop an innovative facility and program to provide high performing individuals the resources and space to become high performing collaborative care teams.” – Keith Novenski, ThedaCare Project Lead

In 2014, Children’s Hospitals & Clinics of Minnesota developed the first-of-its-kind Pediatric Pain, Palliative and Integrative Medicine Clinic. From the moment of arrival, signaled by the entryway gong, to images of Minnesota flowers, plants & landscapes, the sound in the clinic is that of a natural environment: wind, water and bird calls. With the vision and leadership of Dr. Stefan Friedrichsdorf MD, this 10,000-square-foot clinic exclusively helps young patients using state of the art and age-old treatments. From massage and biofeedback rooms, to the Multi-Sensory Environment  (Snoezelen® Room), the focus is entirely on the creating a non-clinical environment for the patient and family.

Waiting rooms, treatment rooms, reception and consultation rooms for large family groups and a conference / break room with flexible furnishings round out the clinic. With the exception of the Multi-Sensory Environment Room*, Atmosphere Commercial Interiors provided all furnishings, space planning, installation and project management logistics. In the office space, Atmosphere provided staff workstations for 16 resident workers, open office touchdown/benching for additional non-resident staff, with adjacent soft seating and collaboration spaces.

* The Multi-Sensory Environment or Snoezelen® Certified Sensory Room is a dedicated environment designed to block out noise, control space, temperature, and lighting. It is an artificially created venue that brings together multi-sensory equipment in one place to stimulate the senses through Controlled Sensory Input (CSI). Developed in the Netherlands in the 1970s, it is designed to promote relaxation in a non-verbal environment through stimulation of the senses, relieving stress, anxiety and pain. These environments have been shown to help with palliative care, pre- and post-surgical care, PTSD, autism, brain injury, developmental disabilities, mental illness, and promote overall wellness.

Architect: U+B Architects

Photographer: Andrea Rugg

Artwork/photography: Craig Blacklock

A growing trend towards niche healthcare prompted the four partners of a local multi-disciplinary clinic to come together and create a specialized clinic catering to the needs of Madison and Dane County women.

Madison Women’s Health opened in the spring of 2010 after an exhaustive search for just the right facility that would be convenient, professional, and project the comforting image of the newly formed partnership.

Located on the fourth floor of a multi-tenant building, the new office offers scenic views of Madison and its beautiful lakes, parks and capitol.

“Walking into the new Madison Women’s Health on Research Drive, you might mistake it for a spa.” This quote from Madison Magazine epitomizes the aesthetic the physicians hoped to achieve. Working with real estate representatives from Oakbrook Grubb Ellis and Eppstein Uhen Architects, Atmosphere Commercial Interiors helped to make this vision a reality.

We provided all of the finishes and furniture for the fit-out of the new space, which includes 19 exam rooms, ultrasound, procedure and monitoring spaces. The nurses in this practice have a light-filled work area complete with a WalkStation™, collaborative workstations and team areas to encourage communication and interaction with all of the physicians.

Unlike most practices, the physicians chose to office in a “team room” that includes individual workspaces and lounge areas for all to share. The 16,000 square foot space also houses a lab space with natural light, practice manager’s office, expansion space for a related specialty practice, break room, and a multi-purpose room that can transform from yoga studio to prenatal classroom or a board room setting.

The vision of the physicians to provide “whole woman care” is truly accomplished in this efficient, welcoming space.

Real Estate: Oakbrook Grubb Ellis

Architect: Eppstein Uhen Architects

General Contractor: Ideal Builders


In Spring 2016, Children’s Minnesota Business Campus relocated 575 full time employees in administration and support roles from multiple locations to one consolidated site. Echoing the playful interiors of Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, the new office features nods to the colorful spaces featured throughout the healthcare system and shows their deep commitment to their core value of “kids first”.

From mock-up and product testing through value engineered solutions for best fit, finish and meeting budgetary concerns, the Atmosphere Commercial Interiors team worked closely with the architect and Children’s Minnesota facilities group. Mindful of the design intent, we offered thoughtful alternates and led negotiations with multiple manufacturers under healthcare contract, bringing deeper discounts to the project. Utilizing the Steelcase reservation system for manufacturing, delivery dates were sequenced to meet the multiple phases and complex needs of the project.

Architect: BDHYoung Architects

Photographer: FarmKid Studios

Sauk Prairie Healthcare provides care for more than 40,000 people in their area. In 2014, Sauk Prairie Healthcare earned the prestigious Guardian of Excellence Award from Press Ganey, recognizing top-performing facilities nationwide for achieving the 95th percentile in patient satisfaction.

Facing a growing community need for medical care and a fifty-year-old facility with small patient rooms and no room for expansion, Sauk Prairie opened their new facilities in April 2014. The new hospital offers an improved patient care experience, with more accommodating patient rooms and new types of rooms, from a lactation room to an operating room in the birthing center.

Clinic and hospital visitors are greeted by a welcoming main lobby, new administration space, and a spacious gift shop, while a new cafeteria with beautiful prairie vistas and an outdoor garden expand the space for staff, patients, and visitors.

We are pleased to be a part of the rich history of exemplary care provided by Sauk Prairie Healthcare.  In conjunction with Kahler Slater Architects, the Sauk Prairie Healthcare leaders, and Kraemer Brothers Construction, we provided furnishings for the entire 140,000 square foot project, including the medical offices and state-of-the-art hospital facility.

Design: Kahler Slater

PhotographyWheelock Photography

As part of a comprehensive ten-year plan to modernize and renovate St Elizabeth Hospital in Appleton, Wisconsin, Affinity Health opened the Fremont Tower, which houses 90 private patient rooms, a cafeteria, radiology and utility areas, and rooftop gardens. This new, modern facility replaced an existing ninety-year-old hospital wing and utilized evidence-based design and feedback from patient interviews to develop spaces that offer serenity and an abundance of natural light.

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors was proud to support the design intent of Affinity Health and their architect, HGA, by providing furniture for the Fremont Tower’s public, staff, and patient areas.

Design: HGA

Photography: Darris Lee Harris Photography

Healthcare continues to grow in importance for the country and for Atmosphere Commercial Interiors. Phoenix Children’s Hospital, East Valley Clinic in Arizona provides an excellent example of the many ways Atmosphere can serve this market. One of the 10 largest children’s hospitals in the country, this fine facility provides specialty and sub-specialty inpatient, outpatient, and emergency care to patients throughout Arizona and other Southwestern states.

With 25 years’ experience, this world-class facility knows what they need to deliver world-class care. With knowledge of the client’s discerning taste and demands, our Atmosphere Commercial Interiors professional collaborated with the interior designer and the architect to deliver a full range of quality product and service solutions.

In 2013, Phoenix Children’s Hospital was named a Top Children’s Hospital by the Leapfrog Group.

Interior Design: Kim Dalton, Dalton Interiors

Architect: HKS

Photography: Richard Brown

To share resources and increase efficiency, Dr. Heidi Eggers-Ulve and Dr. Eric Ulve merged their pediatric and family dental clinics into one new state-of-the-art facility that offers “a lifetime of exceptional care”. The design challenge was to create a unified aesthetic while maintaining the individual identity of each practice and appealing to their varied clientele.

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors and Nolan Carter Architectural Design partnered on the project design. The Atmosphere team in Green Bay selected building finishes and furnishings that balance the needs of clinic staff with the needs of patients of all ages, and provided a fresh unified look for the newly merged dental practices.

Architect: Nolan Carter Architectural Design

Photography: Mike Roemer

“This doesn’t feel like a hospital.”

After completion of a 3-year, 1 million square foot project at Phoenix Children’s Hospital, this phrase is evidence of attaining their mission of treating the entire family by creating an oasis of healing with the natural beauty of the Arizona desert.

Phoenix Children’s Hospital is one of the ten largest children’s hospitals in the country, providing world-class care in more than 40 pediatric specialties to children from throughout the state and region.

The expansion plan – including major facility upgrades with a keen eye toward sustainability, completes their transformation into a nationally renowned pediatric medical campus, and is their strategic response to the explosive population growth expected in Arizona during the next two decades.

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors provided furnishings throughout the building, implementing Kim Dalton’s interior design that provides solace, positive distraction and stress reduction through way-finding clarity, breathtaking views and places of escape inside and out.

In 2013, Phoenix Children’s Hospital was named a Top Children’s Hospital by the Leapfrog Group.

Interior Design: Kim Dalton, Dalton Interiors

Architect: HKS

Photography: Blake Marvin

Completed in early 2014, the Child Life Zone at St. Paul Children’s Hospital is a state-of-the-art, therapeutic play area where pediatric patients and their families can play, learn, laugh, and relax. It is at once a sanctuary, a place to learn, a hang-out, a game center – and a place to be the star of your own show.

With nine zones and more coming, the Teammates for Kids Foundation has worked with over 3,300 professional athletes from every popular professional sport to develop and implement innovative concepts that generate funds for the benefit of children’s charities.

Architect Rex Carpenter of HKS Denver believes in the tremendous opportunity architects possess to make people’s lives better. He serves on the Board of Directors for the Teammates for Kids Foundation, founded by Troy Aikman and Garth Brooks, and led the design of this project.

The Child Life Zone is staffed by child life specialists, certified professionals who help children and their families cope with difficult medical challenges through play, education, and self-expression.

Atmosphere Commercial Interiors is both proud and humbled to have partnered with this team in creating a place where families can connect and a kid can be a kid.

Architecture/Design: HKS, Denver

Photography: Andrea Rugg