Albany Medical Center | Adirondack Camp Family Activity Room

“Every building deserves the maximum amount of artistic exploration with a considered, deliberate approach. We seek to create spaces which impart feelings that you’re a participant in something exceptional, where function leads to calm, awe or inspiration. Our core values strive to convey that quality in every project we touch, from the modest to the extravagant.” ~Fredrick Franko, Director of Design


Albany Medical Center | Adirondack Camp Family Activity Room

  • Project Size: 13,000-sf
  • Project Location: Bernard and Millie Duker Children's Hospital
  • Project Team: Albany Medical Center
  • Completion Date: May 2008
  • Construction Cost: $405,000
  • Owner Contact: Briggs Montero, Vice President of Facilities
  • Project Request:

    To update the activity room at the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital with an Adirondack Great Camp theme.

  • Project Solution:

    The goal of the Adirondack Camp room is to be a special place for activities, games, and relaxation for the youngest patients and their families at the hospital – a fun place away from the hospital’s normal sights, smells and sounds. The first phase was to remove an old solarium roof and install a new steel frame at a higher elevation. This allowed for greater headroom and the installation of exposed roof beams and a wood look tongue and groove ceiling. The activity room is accessed off the main corridor so a ‘porch’ was designed entering into the room. Heavy timber-look columns with stone veneer bases, a beadboard ceiling, and a stone veneer fireplace is a must-have for an Adirondack feel. Wilderness lodge-style leather chairs, rustic twig furniture, and other design elements including a large custom chandelier adds to the great camp feel. The activity room houses a fish tank, a playhouse, a piano and plenty of space to romp and play. At the dedication David A. Clark, M.D., director of the Bernard & Millie Duker Children’s Hospital said: “We believe that healing is a process for the body and mind for our children and their families.”