Architectural ProductsProducts by Type Products Focus: Health Care By Sheila Kim EnteraHealthcare Lightingacuitybrands.comDesigned to meet all lighting needs within patient rooms, this LED series includes wall sconce and recessed ceiling luminaires. Ceiling fixtures direct ample luminance onto the bed surface for examination. The ADA-compliant sconces offer patients four preset light levels controlled from their beds, and a nighttime mode for staff to move about safely without disturbing the patient.Parsons Occasional TablesNemschoffnemschoff.comSimple geometric pieces conceived for healthcare settings, these Parsons tables are equally suitable for hospitality, education, or office projects. The models—which are customizable for patient, guest, or staff use—include six square end tables, three consoles, and a square dining table, covered with hard-wearing laminate or wood veneer. Solid-surface tops and integrated power ports are options.True Wood Rite DoorAdams Riteritedoor.comThis wood door can be fitted with an inset panic device for use within fast-paced, high-traffic environments such as hospital facilities, though lever hardware is also available. Other specification options enhance safety and appearance: 20-, 45-, 60-, or 90-minute fire ratings; a range of closer and hinge styles; electromagnetic door holders; flush bolts; more than 20 finishes; and lite kits.Outdoor Living Wall SystemLiveWalllivewall.comBiophilia suggests that nature can aid the healing process, so vertical gardens are gaining ground in health-care design. To that end, this 1,400-square-foot living wall stands in an outdoor space of the VA Hospital in Long Beach, California. The system is constructed using vertical aluminum furring tracks, horizontal rails, pre-vegetated wall planters, and an irrigation feed. The wall requires only one to two minutes of watering per day.MoxieTakeformtakeform.netDesigned with hospitals in mind, Moxie printed aluminum-composite panels are protected by a moisture-, UV-, chemical-, and scratch-resistant overlay that extends its life and allows it to be cleaned with the strongest disinfectants. The panels are offered in three standard widths and six heights, in single- or double-sided configurations, and can be specified for mounting using tape, cleats, standoffs, or cables.RevlCryptoncrypton.comThe high-performance-textile manufacturer has introduced a new vinyl product aimed at health care, senior living, and various other contract markets. The polyester/cotton jersey–backed vinyl withstands cracking; stubborn stains from ink and food to blood; and repeated cleanings using harsh solutions. Additionally, Revl resists bacterial or fungal growth and is Greenguard certified for low VOCs.STC-35 ICU SwingHorton Automaticshortondoors.comAs an aid for quieting busy hospital corridors, this glass swing-door system achieves an STC rating of 35. Its hollow aluminum extrusions are filled with sponge rubber that absorbs sound, while cam-lift mortise-style hinges improve the sealing characteristics along the door perimeter. Well suited to intensive-care units, the door can be specified as a single, double, and uneven-double system.Stontec XpressStonhardstonhard.comThis flooring system provides excellent resistance to chemicals, abrasion, and sterilizing agents, while its seamless and hole-free finish helps inhibit bacterial growth. It utilizes methyl methacrylate resins to reduce installation time, curing in as little as one hour. Available in 12 standard neutral colors with small or large flecks, it can be installed over concrete, wood, brick, or metal.VERDEdriWorld Dryerworlddryer.comWell suited to environments where hygiene is critical, this high-speed hand dryer boasts a HEPA filtration system that significantly reduces airborne contaminants. Available in white, black, or aluminum, the ADA-compliant unit is energy-efficient, using only 950 watts of power to dry hands in 12 seconds, though the motor speed can be adjusted to customize sound levels and energy usage.Jordan Side Opening SleeperKrugkrug.caHealth-care product manufacturers are increasingly offering in-room guest furnishings for patients' visitors. However, not all floorplans are amenable to forward-opening units. Krug's solution, an addition to its lounge sleeper line, pulls open at the side, extending 80” in length while maintaining a depth just under 32”. The main upholstered components are removable, as are their covers, for ease of cleaning and disinfecting.Pro-GRTGPtgpamerica.comPro-GR is a shielding glass that protects against high-radiation gamma rays thanks to a lead oxide content of 70 percent (which is a concentration used in glass block for nuclear power facilities). The material is therefore ideal for glazing within observation windows of X-ray rooms and CT or PET scan facilities. Available in ½” or 5∕6” thicknesses, the glass has a visible light transmission of 83 percent.Rockfon SonarRockfonrockfon.comThese stone-wool ceiling panels achieve a noise-reduction coefficient as high as 0.95, and their lightly textured white surfaces reflect daylight—both desirable qualities in patient recovery zones. The series has expanded with new styles and sizes, including planks, to complement more interior decors, but can still be installed in standard suspension systems. Edge options include lay-in, tegular, shiplap, and semi- or fully concealed. June 16, 2015 These new materials, fixtures, and furnishings set the stage for healthier, safer, and more serene environments for both caregivers and patients. Share This Story Former RECORD editor Sheila Kim is a Brooklyn-based journalist who writes about commercial and residential architecture, interior design, and products. Post a comment to this article Name* E-mail (will not be displayed)* Subject Comment* Report Abusive Comment Thank you for helping us to improve our forums. Is this comment offensive? Please tell us why.