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Center for Medical Interoperability

The Center for Medical Interoperability is a cooperative research and development lab founded by health systems to simplify and advance data sharing among medical technologies and systems. When the not-for-profit was ready to establish its startup headquarters and testing and certification lab in Nashville’s oneC1TY development, they tasked GS&P with creating an environment that would not only support and express their mission and vision, but also help the firm attract and retain top-tier talent.

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In designing for a startup organization, GS&P was challenged with defining something that had previously been undefined. To outline a clear vision for the new center, the design team conducted a visioning session to help employees picture their future brand and office environment. Based on the visioning session, the design process was curated around three guiding principles: creating a unique experience for users, fostering connection, and showcasing interoperability. The space was also designed around the key concept of “following the flow of data,” which is vital to interoperability.

As the interior buildout planned to occupy three separate suites totaling 16,000 square feet—including major components such as a boardroom and pre-function space, a visitor experience center, an engineering workspace and a collaborative working area for project partners—GS&P designers were challenged with creating a unified space. With some “out-of-the-box” thinking, the team achieved a sense of cohesion by incorporating design features such as glass-to-glass walls where the suites intersect, creating a purposeful connection as well as visual transparency. Serving as another visual connector, a custom perforation inspired by the pattern of data as seen on vintage computer punch cards was created for a metal ceiling system, which delineates circulation and connects people with the center’s mission.

GS&P’s design inspires an open-office solution, with adaptable work settings that include areas for focus and “between spaces” that serve as collaborative touchpoints. Break areas and amenity spaces provide places for impromptu gatherings. Best practices centered on sustainability were also incorporated into the design, including the use of no-VOC paint, LED lighting and water-based sealant on the concrete floors. A natural, transparent and warm aesthetic was created by using local materials, such as site-sourced wood that was thoughtfully crafted into the center’s screens, wall cladding and tables by a local artisan. Reclaimed wood was also used to create a distinctive design accent at the reception desk.

Showcasing the center’s innovative approach to the future of healthcare technology, GS&P’s contemporary design creates a space that is both memorable and highly functional, while providing flexibility and adaptability for the future as the organization continues to grow and evolve. 


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Project Info

  • Client: Cambridge Holdings, Inc.
  • Location: Nashville, TN, USA
  • Market: Corporate + Urban Design
  • Services: Interior Design
  • Team:
    • Randall E. Gibson , P.E. PIC
    • Julie D. Roquemore, IIDA, LEED AP PM
    • E. Michele McMinn, IIDA, LEED AP ID+C, EDAC PD
    • Brenna Murphy PC
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