When Kristie Pudlock first started working in her family’s textile business while in high school, she became intrigued by the scientific techniques used to dye yarn for fashion designers. This fascination developed into an interest in color and materials; spurring her to pursue education in interior design, thus combining her experience with science and art. Kristie left her hometown of Cleveland to attend the University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning. Now a resident of Newport, Kentucky, and a diehard Bearcats fan, Kristie loves her work in interior design.
“I was fortunate to have had an opportunity to spend a quarter as a co-op with Champlin while I was in college,” explained Kristie. “I liked the size of the firm, the company’s diverse portfolio, and the people were awesome. They provided me with the chance to develop my design and leadership skills, and the opportunity to work with various teams.”
Kristie has worked on a variety of high-profile projects for local and regional healthcare organizations, churches, libraries, universities and corporate clients. She enjoys healthcare projects most because she feels an added value knowing that the facility will be used to care for patients. Kristie is certified by the American Academy of Healthcare Interior Designers.
“I have been involved with teams on Mercy Health projects since 1999,” said Kristie. “I was part of the teams that worked on the Heart Hospital at Mercy Health – Fairfield Hospital and the Emergency Department renovation at Mercy Health – Clermont Hospital.
“Another reason I enjoy hospital projects, is the endless challenges and opportunities they bring. There are so many codes and regulations that must be followed. This creates a unique situation – one that I enjoy because it personally challenges me to approach each project with a fresh mindset.”
Mercy Health – West Hospital is unique thanks in part to Champlin’s design partner AECOM based in Minneapolis. AECOM developed a new concept in design, interiors and exteriors, and Champlin is the local design firm that is bringing those concepts to life at Mercy Health – West Hospital. For example, Mercy Health – West Hospital will be filled with open spaces and natural light; European oak instead of the traditional cherry; natural stone elements and horizontal wood grains.
“Today is the first time I’ve been to the construction site in a while and it’s everything I thought it would be and so much more! It’s truly going to be spectacular when finished, and I feel so honored to be part of the team that brought Mercy Health’s vision to life,” she added.