Splash is Building a Reflection Garden at the New Memorial Hospital

Splash Supply Company is working on something really cool, and we want to give you guys a sneak peek.

Splash is building a large, gorgeous Reflection Garden at the replacement Memorial Hospital in West Manchester Township. This unique space will include walking areas, a large waterfall, bubbling fountains and lots of beautiful fish. We're also working on a second, smaller courtyard between the hospital and adjoining medical offices.

The hospital - located at the former site of the Hawk Lake Golf Course - is set to open Aug. 18, 2019. Our crew is working hard right now to bring this Reflection Garden to life. Once it's done, it will be a truly one-of-a-kind place for healing and quiet contemplation.

The Design

Splash Memorial Hospital Reflection GardenAs you drive up to the main entrance, at the top of the hill, you'll be greeted by a huge boulder waterfall with 360-degree views surrounded by a woodland garden. The garden provides a beautiful naturalistic softening that enhances the modern architecture of the hospital building. The waterfall design and plant materials were carefully chosen to replicate the native plantings and rolling topography that York County is known for.

This raised woodland garden provides a perfect privacy screen to the meadows and streams of the hidden Reflection Garden. The Reflection Garden is designed with lots of sitting spaces for quiet contemplation or small group conversations. A trio of Bubbling Urns will provide a wonderful place to watch local birds quench their thirst or wash their wings. The long, slowly meandering stream will make a tranquil backdrop to the native meadow plantings, where you’ll be able to enjoy butterflies and the occasional hummingbird.

Of course, there is nothing in the world more tranquil than simply sitting and watching gorgeous, colorful koi and goldfish peacefully swimming - a sight you'll see in the garden's large koi pond. As you stroll the pathways, be sure to pause on the bridge, and maybe you’ll catch a glimpse of a big koi splashing around in the main waterfall.

A Place for Healing

So what is a Reflection Garden?

The practice of seeking healing in nature predates modern medicine, but hospital designers have realized in recent years that patients, visitors and staff can all benefit from easy access to the outdoors. Several studies have suggested that just looking at features like green plants and running streams can help decrease stress and quicken physical healing. 

The Reflection Garden at the new hospital will offer a beautiful outdoor retreat where people need it most. It serves as a perfect complement to the public outdoor walking paths surrounding the hospital.

"The importance of green spaces to promote healing and mental health aligns with (the Memorial Health Fund's) focus on transforming the ways our community addresses compelling health issues, including the complete physical, mental and social well-being of the residents of York and its surrounding communities," community leaders said in a news release regarding the hospital's natural features.

The natural spaces around the hospital are just some of the many innovative features included in the project. The finished five-level building will have 126 beds and space for services like emergency care, cardiology and vascular services, chronic disease management, surgical services and a Level II Specialty Care Nursery. This leading-edge facility will take the place of the Memorial Hospital on South Belmont Street in Spring Garden Township.

About the Hospital

Check out some more fun facts about the project, courtesy of UPMC:

  • The site for UPMC Pinnacle Memorial’s replacement hospital was previously the location of the 127-acre Hawk Lake Golf Club. However, it was originally the Yorktown Golf Course, and the hills and valley were man-made to add challenge to the course.
  • To prepare the site for building, more than 30 feet of earth was removed from the tops of the man-made hills. Approximately 300,000 cubic yards of dirt was moved to bring the site to grade for construction.
  • The new address for UPMC Pinnacle Memorial will be 1701 Innovation Drive, and the UPMC Outpatient Center will be 1703 Innovation Drive.
  • At 220,000 square feet, the new hospital facility will be about 36 percent larger than the 162,000-square-foot building on South Belmont Street.

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