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2 April 2015

HOK’s Tom Kaczkowski Touts the Importance of Lighting Design in Healthcare Projects

In his Medical Construction & Design article, Tom Kaczkowski, HOK’s director of lighting design, explores how lighting can enhance the healthcare experience.

Healthcare lighting design should inspire feelings of comfort and calm while advancing a facility’s mission. Three HOK projects illustrate that lighting can improve the hospital experience for staff, patients and visitors: Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital, the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Expansion and the University of Missouri Health Care System Patient Care Tower.

Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital

“Wayfinding at the new Sidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana begins as soon as one enters the hospital’s outdoor plaza. Clear site lines on the interior emerge through its profusion of glass. Once inside, illumination combines with simple and intuitive wayfinding to guide patients and visitors to their destination.”

“Eskenazi’s leadership and staff were engaged to collaborate on lighting design solutions that create a continuity of comfort. It entailed an exercise in examining a ‘day in the life’ of the medical facility, looking at the building like a living, breathing entity—not a static structure. Key spaces were studied during morning, afternoon and evening hours to ensure the lighting reflected the key attributes of the spaces. This included the main lobby, waiting rooms and patient rooms.”

Eskenazi lightsSidney & Lois Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis, Ind.

The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center Expansion and University of Missouri Health Care System Patient Care Tower + Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center ExpansionOhio State University James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute and Critical Care Tower in Columbus, Ohio

“In many ways, hospital interior environments are delivering greater comfort by trending toward a hospitality or even residential look and feel. At the OSU and UM Healthcare facilities, interior spaces contain softer materials like grainy woods, warm-textured fabrics and glowy decorative lighting. Designs are blurring the lines between a hospital waiting room and a hotel lobby to place a patient or visitor at ease in a more familiar and visually softer surrounding.”

University of Missouri Health Care System Patient Care Tower Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

University of Missouri Health Care System Patient Care Tower and Ellis Fischel Cancer Center in Columbia, Mo.

“At OSU and UM Healthcare, lighting plays a key role in the hospitality design trend, with layers of lighting systems creating a variety of lighting intensities and multiple areas of visual focus. A little lighting drama can go a long way to transform space, expressing casual and comfortable, not cold and clinical.”

Medical Construction & Design