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The Breast Imaging Center located within the University Medical Center (UMC) in Lubbock, TX is the premier breast imaging center of West Texas. To better suit the center’s vision and mission of healing, its director, Philip Houghton, recently commissioned a full renovation, including a thoughtful reimaging of the floor, to honor breast cancer awareness.

“In his lovely British accent, he told us that he wanted to honor their partnership with the Komen Foundation and asked that we put a pink ribbon somewhere,” said Rosa G. Salazar, RID, IIDA, ASID, director of interior design at Condray Design Group, Inc. in Lubbock, TX, who led the design. “That of course led to the pink ‘ribbon’ flowing throughout the space in the flooring. It was a challenging installation, but LVR Flooring handled it with true professionalism.”

Various types of porcelain, ceramic and glass tile from Daltile, American Olean and Oceanside Glasstile were selected for the bathroom.<br><br> Various types of porcelain, ceramic and glass tile from Daltile, American Olean and Oceanside Glasstile were selected for the bathroom.

Various types of porcelain, ceramic and glass tile from Daltile, American Olean and Oceanside Glasstile were selected for the bathroom. Photo courtesy of Condray Design Group (Click on image to enlarge.)

Although the main areas of the center were redesigned using carpet and resilient sheet vinyl, a variety of porcelain, ceramic and glass tile from Daltile, American Olean and Oceanside Glasstile was utilized to design the bathroom. “It’s a great project. Condray Design Group was great to work with,” said Keith Rogers, owner of LVR Commercial Flooring in Lubbock, TX. “The hospital is county owned, but it has really grown into being one of the greatest facilities. It’s a teaching hospital for students from Texas Tech’s medical school on one side and then the hospital on the other side. This center is located in one of the medical office buildings.”

For the center’s bathroom, a range of different tile was specified because of its easy maintenance and cleanability. “Some of the tile products are the hospital’s building finish standards, but we added a few special elements to emphasize the subtle hints of pink and to add some visual interest inspired by the uniqueness of the project,” Salazar said.

The “subtle hints of pink” are present in the custom glass mosaic on one of the walls, which features a magenta-colored, iridescent tile. Six different colors of glass tile from Oceanside Glasstile’s Muse collection -- Rainbow, Equator, Koa, Sandbar, Cane and Nalu -- were used to create this vertical mosaic on the wall behind the toilet. To complement this focal point, 12- x 24-inch, glossy ceramic tiles from Daltile’s Showscape collection in the “Brushstroke” pattern were applied in a vertical format, adding a hint of dimension and texture.

The remaining walls in the bathroom feature 12- x 24-inch, fabric-inspired porcelain tiles from Daltile’s Kimona Silk collection in the color, “Rice Paper,” which were installed in a horizontal format, complemented by a thin, horizontal, stone-and-glass mosaic from Daltile’s Stone Radiance collection that runs across the middle of the walls.

On the floors, 20- x 20-inch glazed porcelain tiles from American Olean’s Bordeaux collection in the color, “Chameau,” were employed, which blend well with the wall tiles.

“The tile portion of the project was fairly smooth overall because the installers are very familiar with the work/design we do and are really great about contacting us to ask questions if anything seems ‘off’ from the typical way we do things,” Salazar said. “We require pre-installation meetings to discuss tile installation in general, so that helps answer most questions that come up. We have found that creating a mutually respectful relationship with our tile installers usually ensures a successful project because they become interested in doing a good job for us, which in turn creates more opportunities for them. It’s a win/win situation for all of us.”

The tile in the bathroom was chosen to coordinate with the overall design throughout the new space.

The tile in the bathroom was chosen to coordinate with the overall design throughout the new space. Photo courtesy of Condray Design Group (Click on image to enlarge.)

Although Salazar ran into some unexpected delays, the project took about four months to complete. “I really never expected the amount of positive reactions we received,” she said. “It was an opportunity to bring awareness to a good cause and have fun with a bold pop of color that probably doesn’t get used much in architectural design elements. Needless to say, the director of the Breast Imaging Center has been very happy with the new clinic and said that his expectations were certainly exceeded and has made a positive difference for staff and the patients that visit the clinic.”

In addition to the positive feedback it has received, the Breast Imaging Center was also awarded the highest honor, “gold,” in the healthcare category at this year’s Starnet Design Awards.

“This community is so lucky to have a facility like this. It is a big deal and I know it makes a difference,” Rogers said. “Rosa created a great environment for people. I think we did a good job and I’m really proud of it.”


UMC Breast Imaging Center

Lubbock, TX

Architect: Condray Design Group, Inc., Lubbock, TX

General Contractor: Tienert Commercial Building, Lubbock, TX

Flooring Installer: LVR Commercial Flooring, Lubbock, TX

Tile Supplier/Installer: Collins Tile & Stone, Lubbock, TX (Daltile’s Kimona Silk, Showscape and Stone Radiance collections; American Olean’s Bordeaux collection; Oceanside Glasstile’s Muse collection)