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Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia - Observation Unit

A playful and comforting pediatric observation

  • 10.3K

    Square Feet of Renovation

  • $13M

    Project Value

  • Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Utilizing cutting edge circadian stimulus-based lighting to provide the healing benefits of natural light in a windowless unit

Quick growth has led to the need for a new observation unit and emergency department overflow at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP). The new unit has 16 patient beds with amenities to support patients and family members.

Existing conditions posed a challenge for the design team. Large existing mechanical rooms and an existing fire stairwell divided the space. The application of lean principles—transformation, flow, and value—were instrumental in ensuring a cohesive and comprehensible unit which is easy to navigate despite its awkward shape. Because the unit is windowless, biophilic design was incorporated providing daylight-mimicking luminaires on a 24/7 circadian schedule. In exam rooms, we introduced a clerestory window luminaire. Patients can “open or close the blinds” by turning the luminaire on or off. Overhead lights can also be controlled by patients through three dimmable scenes for the morning, daytime, and evening.

The overall result of our work is an adaptable environment where patients and families can maximize ideal serotonin and melatonin production, accelerating recuperation time and increasing overall wellbeing.

At a Glance

IES, Illumination Award of Merit, Lighting Control Innovation, June 2020
IES, Philadelphia Section, Section Award, Lighting Control Innovation, May 2020
Meet Our Team

Collin Beers , Senior Principal. Architecture

I enjoy the range of activities in design. From developing strategy to the details of getting a renovation project done, I get energized by engaging with my clients.
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Adam Ferrari, Principal, Architecture

The design of our cities and neighborhoods has a profound impact on our overall health and wellness.

Tasso Karras, Senior Associate, Interior Design

We succeed when we create spaces that result in positive experiences for the patient, the patient’s family, physicians, and staff.
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Jennifer Lanting, Associate, Interior Designer

I enjoy being a healthcare designer because I am constantly learning and being challenged to be innovative in my designs.
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Brian Lim, Associate, Plumbing & Fire Protection Designer

While education and experience make a great engineer, I believe humility, structure, communication, and teamwork make a great leader.
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Collin Beers

Senior Principal. Architecture

Adam Ferrari

Principal, Architecture

Tasso Karras

Senior Associate, Interior Design

Jennifer Lanting

Associate, Interior Designer

Brian Lim

Associate, Plumbing & Fire Protection Designer

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