W18 The ADA Standards for Accessible Design: What Medical Centers Need to Know
Wednesday, 8:00 am
Drawing from our work with Boston-based medical centers, we will discuss key aspects of the ADA Standards that are confusing or often overlooked. Do you know which of the following needs to be wheelchair accessible: sinks in exam rooms, sinks in cafeteria kitchens, sinks in laboratories and/or sinks in employee break areas? Do all single-user toilet rooms need to be accessible or just a percentage? We will review the U.S. Access Board's accessibility standards for medical diagnostic equipment and the Department of Justice's guidance for design of medical facilities.
W24 Human-Centric Lighting - What Does it Mean and How do We Provide it in Practice?
Wednesday, 10:00 am
Human-centric lighting is lighting devoted to enhancing vision, well-being and performance individually or in some combination. As such, human-centric lighting must consider the effects of light exposure on both visual and non-visual aspects of human physiology in a lighting design - and lighting design is increasingly called upon to support circadian, or non-visual, needs for users across societal segments. Home or hospital, office or classroom, recognition that disruption of 24hr rhythms can impact mood, alertness and performance presents new challenges to development and deployment of lighting systems. The awareness and scientific evidence that people need the right light at the right time for the health and well-being has grown considerably in recent years. As such human-centric lighting starts to play an essential role in creating environments that look beyond illumination. This presentation will look at the broad umbrella of human-centric lighting, explain circadian light, show examples of application techniques, and look at the tools and technologies available to support both.
Patricia Rizzo, MSc, IES, LEED AP, Philips Lighting Research North America
W33 Welcoming Campuses, Wayfinding that Works for Everyone
Wednesday, 2:00 pm
During a time when attracting students and cultural, gender and social divisions are pressing issues in higher education, wayfinding often takes a back seat or is an afterthought in the design of a campus or facility. Super, IHCD’s Universal Design Wayfinding Specialist, will present on how a multi-sensory approach to the design of a comprehensive wayfinding system can go a long way in setting a welcoming, inviting and user-friendly tone. By balancing extensive research with a focus on design decision-making she shows how to achieve design that not only facilitates learning, but design that also communicates that all students, staff and visitors are welcomed and supported. Super’s session begins with a look at the wayfinding needs that are innate in all of us. It focuses on the different audiences and their journeys through facilities, laying out the design and behavior issues that need to be considered, including planning for arrival, orientation on site, exterior wayfinding, interior wayfinding, and user participation in facility design, and more.
Ruth Super, Associate AIA, LEED AP, IHCD
Valerie Fletcher, Institute for Human Centered Design