During the darkest hours, people are still walking through campus — it’s pretty much a 24/7 operation even if it’s not a high-traffic time. From late-night library stints to postgame parties during football season, college campuses know no “closing time.” How can outdoor lighting address the unique needs of a college campus?
Following the renovation of two floors of an existing hospital wing, the new Swedish Medical Behavioral Health Unit (BHU) opened to provide mental health services to the public. The nearly 15,000-square-foot BHU features 22 beds. ZGF Architects produced the design, which includes state-of-the-art lighting.
For the lighting, the designers wanted to blend the best of old and new based on biophilic/circadian design principles. They retained an existing outdoor space and a large skylight in the common area. They also specified downlights in BHU’s corridors and dining/activity space that provide both color tuning and dimming.