Children’s Hospital Colorado Staff Lounge, Aurora, Colorado: Photo Tour

Children’s Hospital Colorado Staff Lounge, Aurora, Colorado: Photo Tour

Children’s Hospital Colorado Staff Lounge, Aurora, Colorado

In need of a larger respite space for staff, Children’s Hospital Colorado (Aurora, Colo.) decided to renovate shell space into an expanded staff lounge into as part of the hospital’s commitment to the well-being of its staff.

Working with SmithGroup (Denver), the project team led a series of visioning sessions and in-depth workshops with more than 40 physicians and surgeons. The design team then translated that feedback on staff wants and needs into a modern, light-filled space that’s designed to foster collaboration, relaxation, and rejuvenation.

Updating healthcare staff spaces

Located adjacent to the surgery platform, the new 3,400-square-foot lounge is more than triple the size of the old one. Designers utilized current wellness and workplace concepts to provide alternative spaces and flexibility within the lounge for users.

For example, staff have a choice of collaboration or touchdown spaces as well as places to retreat, relax, and decompress.

Comfortable seating nooks throughout the lounge serve dual purposes, providing space for collaboration, peer-to-peer support, or moments of respite. Private workspaces offer a quiet location for charting and other focused tasks.

One of the standout features of the new lounge is a kitchen and dining area, complete with a high-top coffee bar, where staff can socialize and connect with their peers over a meal or cup of coffee.

Additional amenities include a lactation room, recharge/wellness room, and ensuite restroom.


Children’s Hospital Colorado Staff Lounge, Aurora, Colorado, project details

Location: Aurora, Colo.

Completion Date: May 2022

Owner: Children’s Hospital Colorado

Total Building Area: 3,400 sq. ft.

Total Construction Cost: $869,600

Cost/sq. ft.: $255

Architect: SmithGroup

Interior designer: SmithGroup

General Contractor: McCarthy

Engineer: Cator, Rumor & Associates

Builder: McCarthy


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