Poudre Valley Hospital "Castle"
Designed By: SRC Designs for Poudre Valley
Hospital / Poudre Valley Healthcare System
Fort Collins, Colorado
Full size Medieval castle,
rendered to 36" x 48" output. Insert full story board information
provided by the Falls Prevention
committee using a scroll design relative to the castle
The Castle Story:
The PVH "Castle" began as a
part of the "Falls Prevention" campaign launched during the early fall of 2007
by Poudre Valley Hospital. SRC was asked if it were possible to design a true to
life castle. While limited in experience with European castles, a quick study
and test of the software used in residential design proved the project to be
possible. After researching many web sites in order to gain insight as to how
best to create the look and feel of a true castle, a template of sorts was
created from which to model the design. While the design is a shell, with no
interior walls, it required 10 floors plus a foundation. Each floor was
configured to a ceiling height of 16' resulting in a true to life size, much larger than the full grown trees used in the final rendering.
The actual rendering was output to a printed
sheet size of 36"x48" as requested by the hospital committee responsible for the
final display. After adding the extra touches such as the rolling terrain, the
creek, and the bridge the final model was ready for rendering. The rendering of
the final model with terrain and details required several hours, resulting in a
full size, high resolution image. While images can be resized, in order to
retain full clarity the rendering was actually sized slightly larger than the
36"x48" sheet it would be printed to. The final output, a jpeg image, was then
cropped to fit.
After the final rendered castle was complete and
delivered to the PVH graphics artist, as it turned out, SRC was then asked if it
were possible to complete the final poster with only two days left before the
poster display was scheduled to be setup.
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Poudre Valley Hospital Falls Prevention Poster
The hospital committee had envisioned the use of
parchment scrolls as the background for text blocks used to tell the "story" behind the Falls
Prevention campaign. Once again, a search for a template from which to model the scrolls
was conducted on the web. Each scroll was created and carefully laid out for the
title and text body using the Old English font in Windows. A waving banner was
created for the caption and the final display was ready for printing. The
printer used a high gloss photo paper and mounted the picture on poster backer
board. The PVH Falls Prevention poster was then hand delivered with plenty of
time left for the Falls Prevention committee to prepare for their showing.
Unknown to SRC Designs at the time the model and
final picture were ready to print, the hospital had entered the display into an
area wide contest, the winner going on to the national contest in the early
spring. The poster won first place in the
area contest and will be entered into the nationals! SRC will be tracking the
final contest and will post the results once they are known.
The project was completed as a community service
for Poudre Valley Hospital which is a not for profit organization. We at SRC had
a great time designing the PVH Castle and were pleased with the results.
Congratulations to the Falls Prevention committee on your successful campaign
and good luck with the nationals this coming spring!
SRC Designs - Designing "Castles"
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