University of Chicago Medical Center

Chicago, Illinois Wayfinding Program Simplifies Complex Environment and Process

University of Chicago Medical Center

This 10-story, 1.2-million square foot hospital facility presented literal enormous challenges to wayfinding for both new and long-time clients of the Medical Center. Vehicular and pedestrian circulation were paramount since the building spans a major roadway, relegating entry and exit lobbies to opposite sides of the street. The formal lobby, or Sky Lobby, is located on floor 7, where patients check in prior to migrating to other floors for appointments and procedures.

The enormous floor plates are served by two primary public elevators, which fd2s identified as East (E) and West (W) and distinguished with color applied to the second surface of wall glazing. All level-by-level information is confined to the elevator lobbies since public access on typical floors is limited and accommodated by staff. Wayfinding elements incorporate a dual metal rail system that allows for slide-in information updates on clear acetate panels that are protected by clear acrylic panels. In addition to differentiating elevator banks, color is used judiciously to denote the individual’s location within the building.

fd2s’ services also included developing a two-tiered exterior identification monument design, with the upper glass portion carrying the functional and, as appropriate, donor name of the building while the lower masonry base displays the Medical Center brand.

  • Categories: Donor Recognition / Healthcare
  • Client: University of Chicago Medical Center

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