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LIGHTING FOR KU MEDICAL CENTER HEALTH EDUCATION BUILDING HONORED WITH IALD AWARD OF MERIT

HENDERSON ENGINEERS CREATES BOLD DESIGN FOR UNIVERSITY CAMPUS

Luminaries of the lighting profession gathered at the elegant Crystal Tea Room in Philadelphia, PA USA on 22 May to honor the winners of the 36th Annual International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD) International Lighting Design Awards. Twentythree projects from 12 countries were on display—including exteriors, interiors, workspaces, museums, hospitality sites and a place of worship. This year’s winners represent some of the most innovative and inspiring architectural lighting design work found anywhere in the world.

The lighting design for KU Medical Center Health Education Building in Kansas City, KS USA by
Henderson Engineers took home an IALD Award of Merit.

The shining terracotta curtain within the University of Kansas Medical Center Health Education Building evokes images of the inner skin, the core of the body that is the building.

With the building’s glass walls, the curtains are a powerful tool to give a distinctive nighttime impact.
To retain transparency and unobstructed views, the lighting designers from Henderson Engineers
integrated light fixtures into the glazing in customized luminaire housing. Contrasting rib-like shapes
emerge from the hidden fixtures through careful placement of luminaires at 3500K and 4000K color
temperatures.

Judges were impressed by Henderson Engineers’ bold design choices for an institutional building, the commitment to creating a lighting scheme that has turned the building into an iconic gateway for the university campus, welcoming patrons, students, and staff alike.

Interior building spaces include multiple lighting atmospheres using ambient-based linear luminaires.
This allows for bright, energetic classroom spaces, warm and intimate hallway nooks, and subtle
guiding lights towards primary circulation paths. Surface-mounted adjustable lights and floor lamps
populate the building offering supplementary lighting as needed.

Detailed studies formed the basis for daylight integration into the building from subterranean rooms
to the bridge connecting the building to other parts of campus. Underground classrooms receive
daylight from north-facing clerestories—shaped like local landscape features—with minimal glare.

The bridge’s glazing selection with fritting on the west exposure and clear glass on the east gives
optimum daylight exposure without undue heat retention.

The warmth and attention to detail of the lighting design engender attitudes of collaboration on
campus, centering the building as the breathing, pulsing heart of medical study at any time of day.

Project Credits

KU Medical Center Health Education Building
Kansas City, KS USA

LIGHTING DESIGN
Mark Hershman, IALD
Kim Ilhardt
Ginger Rucker
Lindsey Blackburn
Tate Betz (Formerly with Henderson Engineers)
Henderson Engineers

ADDITIONAL CREDITS
Architecture
CO Architects
Helix Architecture + Design

PHOTOGRAPHY
© Bill Timmerman – Timmerman Photography

https://www.iald.org/

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