The Overlook Café at Wilmington Hospital

Christiana Care Health System’s Wilmington Hospital has been a community landmark since 1890. This 241-bed, 622,100 square foot facility has been fully modernized with several renovations and additions taking place over the years. ABHA Architects was tasked with renovating the main kitchen and the staff cafeteria, now known as the Overlook Café.

The designers wanted to create an inviting and relaxing dining experience; the ambiance of a cozy coffee shop and a place for quick meetings rather than a typical hospital cafeteria. The beautiful views of the Brandywine River inspired the flowing ceiling elements, which are also reflected in the flooring pattern.

Centiva luxury vinyl tiles and planks were selected for the flooring because of their durability, ease of maintenance, and upgraded visual aesthetic. A key factor was the no wax finish on these products. When asked why Centiva was chosen over other LVT, Stephanie Forman, Interior Designer at ABHA Architects, stated, “Centiva’s product offered the best visual and variety of selection for the design concept. The flooring selection was a large factor in building the remainder of the finishes palette.”

One challenge of the project was renovating the kitchen. It is the main source for patients’ meals and needed to remain functional 24/7 while under construction. Keeping the patients and staff healthy was also a big concern. Centiva’s LVT meets all indoor air quality requirements and has low VOCs, ensuring the hospital environment would be safe throughout the renovation.

Visitors enjoy the warmer, richer color palette of the renovation. The color scheme and finishes were selected for their timeless and classic appeal, so the overall look can be easily updated in the future with a few changes. Backed by a 20 year Commercial Wear Warranty, Centiva LVT ensures this project will continue to look great for years to come.

Christiana Care Health Services
Stephanie Forman, Chandra Nilekani, Carl Krienen
ABHA Architects
Ann Gummerson
Whiting Turner
Contour Series: FE 0791-C Rays in Peridot
Event Series: NS 7212-E Toscano Travertine, WP 3307-E European Cherry