Bigger Boynton Clinic Redesigned With Help From Interior Design Students
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UPDATE: Associate professor Abimbola Asojo & interior design graduate student Mandana Motamed  received Boynton Health Service's Barbara Lee Award for their work on the St. Paul Clinic.

The St. Paul Clinic, located in Coffey Hall and operated by Boynton Health Service, underwent a major remodel in the summer of 2013. Now double the size, the clinic is an inviting and modern, healing space that preserves the architectural heritage of the historic hall. 

A grand opening reception for the campus community featuring Goldy, therapy animals (including Woodstock the therapy chicken), light snacks and giveaways will take place Friday, Oct. 4, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m

"We're very excited to provide more direct access in St. Paul so patients don't have to travel to Minneapolis for their care--it's much more convenient and accessible," said Ferdinand Schlapper, Boynton's director and the campus's chief health officer. 

Boynton partnered with the University's College of Design on the 2,700-square-foot clinic remodeling project--giving 25 sophomore-level interior design students an opportunity to apply their skills on a real-world design project on their own campus. 

Over a five-week period, teams from two interior design classes taught by Associate Professor Abimbola Asojo and PhD graduate instructor Mandana Motamed proposed design concepts that preserve the vintage feel of Coffey Hall, a Renaissance Revival-style building built in 1906--including transom windows that filter light throughout the clinic and a natural color palette. 

"Service learning projects such as 
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this one are extremely beneficial to design students because it allows them to learn, contribute to the community, and understand how to affect change," said Elizabeth Bye, head of the department of Design, Housing, and Apparel at the College of Design. 

"It was just a great win-win for us," added Schlapper. 
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The remodel of the Coffey Hall space cost $500,000--funded through 
Boynton's capital improvement budget. 

About Boynton Health Service 

Boynton Health Service is a multi-disciplinary, ambulatory care clinic with locations on the East Bank and St. Paul campuses of the University of Minnesota and serves students, staff, and faculty. Providing approximately 100,000 visits per year for primary care, urgent care, quick care, eye care, mental health care, dental care, physical therapy, nutrition consultation, massage therapy, travel consultations and immunizations, and women's care, Boynton Health Service helps to keep the University community healthy and successful in their academics, work, and personal lives. 

In addition, Boynton Health Service serves as a public health service providing outreach programs for health promotion, direct services, mass immunization clinics for influenza, and employee wellness programs. According to patient satisfaction surveys, 94 percent of patients surveyed report they would recommend the provider they saw to someone else and they rated their overall care by their provider as a 9 on a scale of 1 to 10. 

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