Light affects human health and well-being much more than we realize. More and more research supports that lighting in the hospital can affect mood, sleep, and pain and ultimately healing. During our most recent project at Nemours Children’s hospital in Orlando we incorporated layers of lighting strategies in this LEED Gold facility. The solutions arose from consultation with hospital stakeholders, including practitioners, administrators, parents and children.
Children’s hospitals often include the latest in medical technology, as well as dynamic, kinetic, soothing and engaging designs that support the emotional needs of patients, their families and care staff. Children deal with a wide range of fears and anxiety during a hospital stay - fear of separation from their family, having shots and finger sticks, having to stay in the hospital for a long time, and being told that something is wrong. Integrated design features that promote wellness, comfort and distraction are key. They help alleviate fear and promote positive outcomes.
Nemours Children’s Hospital showcases new technology, state of the art equipment, innovative building materials, color changing lighting and interactive features. Folded ceiling panels resemble filtered light patterns of tree canopies. Interior spaces strategically harvest daylight. Floor to ceiling windows and color changing LED lighting provide patients with garden views and contribute to the ever-changing colorful mosaic of the building’s façade. Garden water features create a captivating atmosphere of sound, shape, aroma and movement. The design of this sophisticated evidence-based facility and surrounding grounds will allow children and adults alike to rediscover the timeless wonders of nature that continue to stimulate the senses and inspire holistic healing. Many stakeholders contributed to and collaborated on the overall design of the Nemours Children’s Hospital, including patient-care-team consultants Bowen & Briggs, associate architects for hospital interior design P W, landscape designers AECOM (formally Glatting Jackson), civil engineers Harris Civil Engineering, structural engineers Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, mechanical electrical plumbing and fire protection consultants TLC Engineering for Architecture, lighting designers CD M and Traxon Technologies.
This project was completed in July 2012.
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