Healthcare Environments Are Looking Up

The role of ceiling system specifications in enhancing health, well-being, and comfort
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Live webinar airing on August 25, 2022 at 2:00 PM EDT
Sponsored by ROCKFON
Presented by Diana Hart

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe ways in which specifying high-performing ceilings—including stone wool tiles, metal ceiling panels, wood ceilings and suspension grid systems—can affect sustainability, daylighting, and other energy-efficiency goals within a range of healthcare environments.
  2. Describe the role of a ceiling’s acoustic ratings and the impact on occupant privacy and comfort within medical settings.
  3. Discuss how ceilings systems affect infection control and maintenance within hospital and other healthcare environments, and the potential effect this has on patient care.
  4. Identify a number of healthcare design options for ceiling systems and how they can help create an inviting setting where patients, staff and visitors feel increased satisfaction and comfort.

Credits:

HSW
1 AIA LU/HSW
IACET
0.1 IACET CEU*
AIBD
1 AIBD P-CE
AAA
AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
AANB
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
AAPEI
AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour
MAA
MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
NLAA
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
NSAA
This course can be self-reported to the NSAA
NWTAA
NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour
OAA
OAA 1 Learning Hour
SAA
SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning
 
This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.
This course is approved as a Structured Course
This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines
Approved for structured learning
Approved for Core Learning
This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.
Course may qualify for Learning Hours with NWTAA
Course eligible for OAA Learning Hours
This course is approved as a core course
This course can be self-reported for Learning Units to the Architectural Institute of British Columbia

This webinar is part of the Healthcare Academy

High-performing ceiling solutions can offer acoustic, infection control and aesthetic benefits that impact the critically vital functionality, safety, comfort, and overall atmosphere of healthcare facilities. From ceiling systems with excellent acoustic performance to cut down on noise to energy-efficiencies related to lighting and cooling, there is arguably no specification that has greater importance to the health of a building and its occupants. More so, a properly specified (and installed) ceiling system can help prevent common healthcare setting problems such as mold and infections due to enhanced cleanability and ease of maintenance. Often made of recycled and recyclable materials, and with a virtually unlimited palette of colors and design options, ceiling systems can offer a real boost toward creating an appealing and comfortable environment.

Parini Mehta, AIA, LEED AP, is an associate principal at CO Architects, specializing in healthcare design and planning. Parini will discuss ceiling systems in Cedars-Sinai’s Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion Outpatient Surgery Suite. This 45,000-square-foot suite uses an “earth to sky” interior design concept inspired by the imagery of dappled light through treetops and starry skies. This can be seen in the ceiling formations in the nurse stations and waiting area, where visitors are greeted by a reception desk under a starry-sky ceiling. The organically shaped ceiling forms are made with acoustical plaster and have strategically placed fiber-optic lights. Made to resemble clouds, they are used as wayfinding devices, placed in areas so visitors can easily find staff. The clouds are rimmed with inset cove fiber-optics that cast ethereal light designed to provide a calmer experience to both patients and staff. The ceiling light features are complimented by natural light, which streams into pre-op and PACU stations as well as into the ORs through clerestory windows in the scrub area.

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Photo Kim Rodgers/Courtesy CO Architects


Parini

Parini Mehta, AIA, LEED AP, spearheads CO Architects’ strategic planning, programming, and design for clients such as Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Kaiser Permanente, Scripps Health, and Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA). She has co-chaired the AIA Los Angeles Healthcare Committee, presented at the Environments for Aging Expo & Conference, and guest-lectured at the USC School of Architecture’s Healthcare Design Studio. Parini holds a B.S. from University of Michigan and a B.Arch from Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc).

Annie

Annie Bevan, Executive Director, mindful MATERIALS has been actively engaged with mindful MATERIALS since 2016 and has worked closely with all stakeholder groups over the past fifteen years, inclusive of third-party reporting bodies, manufacturers, architects, designers, consultants, contractors and owners. Annie’s well-rounded and experienced understanding of needs coupled with her well-known energy and passion has driven her proven ability to advance the quality and availability of transparent data on the health and sustainability of building materials.

Diana

Diana Hart, CSI, IIDA is the manager of business development and architectural development for Rockfon in North America. She brings over 25 years of experience in acoustical ceilings and is passionate about the impact ceilings can have in education, healthcare, and office spaces. She is a strong advocate for occupant well-being, from good acoustics that can dramatically improve healing, productivity, and learning, to using safe products with no chemicals and fire safety. Diana travels across the country meeting with architects, designers, facilities and end-users discussing the benefits of Rockfon and stone wool ceilings.

 

ROCKFON Rockfon provides customers with a complete ceiling system offering, combining stone wool ceiling panels with suspension grid systems, metal ceiling solutions, and now wood ceilings. Our products help create beautiful, comfortable spaces. Easy to install and durable, they protect people from noise and the spread of fire while making a constructive contribution toward a sustainable future.

 

Originally published in August 2022

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