The 12,000-square foot main lobby expansion at St. Joseph’s Regional Medical Center in Paterson, New Jersey was the first phase of a $250 million overhaul of the hospital. The lobby expansion included a multi-purpose room, intended for hosting events and functions, and a new main lobby, which provide a dynamic and welcoming entrance to the hospital.
St. Joseph’s sought to create several unique experiences for its visitors that would incorporate a range of lighting technologies. In the main lobby. As project lighting designer, Rachel was tasked with creating a media wall specially designed for children that allowed for LED-lit acrylic boxes to interact with natural light from overhead skylights and clerestory windows, choreograph with lobby music, and stream video art.
Achieving these specialized effects at St. Joseph’s was a true lighting design challenge that required a state of-the-art lighting system that could deliver unparalleled controls and programming capability, as well as a low-energy solution to continuously provide the desired design effect while meeting energy requirements.
Additionally, the solution had to offer longevity, as the built-in lighting fixtures could not easily be accessed after installation.
The result of creating these levels of control and functionality was LEDs that deliver mesmerizing color and shape patterns, constantly changing and providing a soothing, comforting atmosphere for the hospital’s patients and visitors.
In the hospital’s multi-purpose room, the LED lighting and control systems to help create a soft, diffused glow of light ideal for video-conferencing events, social functions and learning seminars. The lighting’s functionality is coupled with its seamless integration into an undulating fabric ceiling design, making for an efficient and aesthetically pleasing environment for hospital staff and members of the local community.