National Award of Merit

Designer: Joshua Wilson
Company: Alvine Engineering

A multipurpose dental facility, centered on creating a cohesive learning environment while connecting students and patients, was designed for a private university. Patient, teaching, lab, and research spaces all have diverse lighting requirements; therefore, a high level of continuity among spaces was a challenge in creating a feeling of unity throughout the facility. Staggered linear lighting was used as a cohesive solution to complement the clean lines of the architecture. Wayfinding for patients was a key function of the lighting while abstract pendant luminaires disrupt the linear concept and create visual interest at patient destinations such as waiting, reception, and checkout areas.