Healthcare

Germicidal Tendencies

The luminaire pairs direct/indirect ambient illumination with options for tunable white performance or White Light Disinfection, which emits a germicidal frequency to protect indoor surfaces from harmful bacteria.Judge’s Comment: “I’ve seen disinfecting lights from other manufacturers, but as a whole, the entire package is nice, and not available from any others.”

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Shading Meets Biophilia

Combining shading with biophilic design, the new Asplundh Cancer Pavilion in the suburbs of Philadelphia features a large overhang finished in a hazelnut brown, textured wood grain color at the outpatient facility’s entrance. The large, vertical aluminum sun shade fins and 8-in. to 12-in.-deep horizontal curtainwall cover plates were manufactured by Kawneer and the architectural aluminum components were finished by Linetec. The faux wood finish delivers the warmth of wood without the associated maintenance. The building also features two- and four-sided structural glazed curtainwall.

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Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH), Chicago, Ill.

Rx for Hand Hygiene

In 2010, Northwestern Memorial Hospital (NMH) in Chicago, one of the country’s premier academic medical centers, launched a major hand-washing campaign aimed at employees, patients and visitors: “Clean Hands Every Time.” According to a hospital press release, two-thirds of Americans fall short in adopting the habit of washing their hands, and 80% of infections are transmitted through touch. If hands are kept clean, the transmission of germs from person to person is greatly reduced. As part of a hospital-wide education campaign on the importance of proper hand hygiene, NMH even self-produced a sing-a-long video parody featuring hospital staff demonstrating their best hand wa

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Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Medical Center, New Orleans

Built to Serve Those Who Served

The Southeast Louisiana Veterans Health Care System Medical Center in New Orleans (SLVHCS) features nine buildings uniquely specified to aid the more than 70,000 vets who visit each year. Veteran-specific design includes straight, long stairways, without switchbacks to increase visibility; blind corners were also minimized. Bathrooms are prominently located, as many vets travel from rural areas. Accessibility was championed, with ample and easy wheelchair storage at the entrance.“To design for this specialized patient population and its healthcare needs, we recruited over 100 veterans and 180 VA hospital staff from Louisiana—many of whom are vets themselves—f

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Building with a Backbone

The gentle curving façade of the HealthPartners Neuroscience Center in St. Paul, Minn., is meant to evoke the idea of a human spine, and that sense of movement is emphasized through the pairing of a metal-panel rainscreen system against reflective curtainwall glazing. The vision of hometown architects BWBR was realized through the use of smaller than usual panels to create a more monolithic appearance and to simplify installation on the curved façade surface.

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Hospital Addresses Safety and Aesthetic Concerns

Rockville Hospital boasts a strong behavioral health unit that provides support and specialized, sophisticated services for many areas of mental health, including addictions, anxiety, depression and other counseling. As part of its renovation, Rockville Hospital was looking for flooring that would provide safety and aesthetics for patients and visitors alike.

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Underfoot Performance

Adhesive-free, vinyl flooring Altro Cantata features decorative, soft-look shades ideal for medium to heavy traffic spaces. Installed at up to 97% internal relative humidity even without a damp-proof membrane. The flooring’s easy cleaning and maintenance regime ensures that Cantata maintains its striking shades and performance. Ideal for healthcare, its adhesive-free installation means it can be laid straight down on to existing flooring. 

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Flooring Install Remedy for Neuro Intensive Care Unit

UW Health’s University Hospital in Madison, Wis., sought to reduce noise and improve the patient and staff experience in its newly renovated, 18-bed Neuroscience Intensive Care Unit (Neuro ICU). Installing an ergonomic healthcare flooring product provided the solution. Located on the fourth floor of University Hospital, the 13,000-sq.-ft. Neuro ICU was previously a rehab unit for orthopedics. That population moved to the newly built UW Health Rehabilitation Hospital. Administrators decided more high-acuity intensive care beds were needed, and as a result, the new Neuro ICU was created. The Neuro ICU project marks the first year of a multi-year renovation to add ICU rooms. According to

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Outpatient Center Revitalizes Neighborhood

What was once a vacant lot is now a vibrant outpatient surgery center to pump life into the neighborhood and generate jobs along the way. Located between the OMNI Plaza and Kirkland Day Habilitation Center Arc, the OMNI Outpatient Surgery Center was constructed on a decade-vacant lot to generate jobs and perform outpatient procedures to address pain management for its patients.  With a small staff of efficient medical professionals and surgeons, streamlining was the most common theme in the center’s culture. To match this unique concept in the building’s façade, Bennetts & Huysman Architects, PC conceptualizes a building design that veered off the path of traditional bui

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Patient-Controlled Dimming

The Apollo 8 fixture incorporates a custom low-voltage controller that allows patients to dim lighting from their pillow speaker. The controller supports up to three separate loads, matching the fixture’s three configuration options—ambient only, ambient with exam, and ambient with exam and reading light. Additionally, healthcare professionals can operate the luminaire from a wall switch.

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