Nicole Wood

I am an interior designer with 10 years experience in the healthcare, commercial and hospitality industries. I earned my Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Philadelphia University and am a registered Interior Designer in Nevada, NCIDQ certified and a LEED AP.

Recent Posts

Mannington Reveals Philadelphia Design Local Carpet Line

Posted by Nicole Wood on Oct 06, 2015 at 11:30 AM

I blogged previously on the inspirational experience I had with my design cohorts as we explored our city and absorbed design cues during Mannington's Design Local event in Philadelphia.


Recently, Mannington Commercial launched their newest carpet collection, “Design Local”, based on the work of the Philadelphia, Nashville and Seattle teams. Each line reflects the impressions the cities had on the designers as they explored the cities and took some time to see their surroundings from a different perspective. In Philadelphia, we were lucky enough to also be involved in helping to inform the color palette more extensively, working directly with Mannington’s designer.

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Topics: design local, healthcare design, philadelphia, Mannington

Design Local Inspiration

Posted by Nicole Wood on Mar 31, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Featured in Healthcare Construction + Operations, March 2014.

As designers, we are often consulted by manufacturers during the later stages of their product development process. They ask our opinion about new materials, patterns and colors, generally AFTER they have already been developed in-house. Recently, I was approached by Mannington Commercial to participate in a relatively new process they have named “Design Local.” The idea being that they would take six designers from three cities each year, put them together and have them use inspiration from their city to develop the concepts for new carpet designs. This year the cities were Philadelphia, Seattle and Nashville.

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Topics: furniture, design local, NCIDQ, healthcare design, interior design, Mannington, finishes, Nicole Wood, inspiration, healthcare, array architects

The Resource Library goes Digital

Posted by Nicole Wood on Jun 10, 2013 at 6:15 AM

As designers, we have a tendency to hold on to everything “just in case” we need it. The fast paced profession we live in has taught us to always have options on hand. However, it has become necessary to downsize our spaces in favor of going digital and the time has finally come for the Resource Library to follow suit.This may cause many of you to think you are on an episode of ‘Hoarders,’ but trust me you are not alone.

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Topics: digital library, healthcare design, interior design, Nicole Wood, continuous improvement, hospital design

Sustainable Elements for a LEED Gold Certified Hospital

Posted by Nicole Wood on Dec 20, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Capital Health Medical Center – Hopewell recently achieved LEED Gold status from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).This six-story, 570,000 square-foot replacement hospital with an integrated, 330,000 square-foot Medical Office Building was designed in collaboration with HKS Architects and Anchor Health Properties and is one of only 28 other hospitals in the country to have received LEED Platinum or Gold status.

The design and construction of a LEED Gold hospital entails countless design and construction details. Starting with the goal of achieving basic LEED Certification, as the design process progressed through its various stages, it became more and more apparent to the design team that LEED Gold certification was achievable.

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Topics: architecture, healthcare design, Array, Nicole Wood, LEED, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design, array architects

Art and Healthcare

Posted by Nicole Wood on Jul 02, 2012 at 12:09 PM

I believe strongly in the healing power of art. I recently had the opportunity to revisit one of Array’s projects that opened back in November. It was incredibly rewarding to hear the hospital’s staff tell me about how positive

visitor and patient reactions have been to the art installations. It truly emphasizes the importance of incorporating art in designing healing environments.

There is a human tendency to project anxiety and discomfort onto nearby objects and people when under stress. In his book, The Heart’s Eye: Emotional Influences in Perception & Attention, P. M. Niedenthal developed the concept of “emotional congruence” — when a person is presented with an assortment of environmental stimuli, those parts that match the emotional state of the viewer will most likely be the focus of their attention.

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Topics: architecture, art, specialty architecture, healthcare design, interior design, ACA, Array, renovation, Nicole Wood, hospitals, exterior design, architects, art and healthcare, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects