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St. Elizabeth's Hospital, O'Fallon, Ill.

Photo: Matt Marcinkowski, courtesy of Rockfon
Photo: Matt Marcinkowski, courtesy of Rockfon

Canopies at Hospital Sisters Health System’s St. Elizabeth's Hospital in O'Fallon, Ill., feature metal ceiling panels that mimic wood and add warmth to the design. Dave Sheedy, project leader and principal at Kahler Slater LLC, says, “We wanted to create a warm, inviting environment throughout St. Elizabeth's Hospital. For the hospital canopies, we wanted the look of wood, but it's difficult to get natural wood approved as a material that meets the life/safety requirements. Metal is more appropriate for the outdoor environment and noncombustible. The resulting aesthetic is wonderful.”

The metal ceilings were included at four canopies on the exterior and, at the fifth floor, an exterior canopy's metal ceiling seems to transcend the glass wall with a visually uninterrupted transition to the interior chapel and physical therapy room. The canopies are located at the hospital’s emergency department, inpatient area and departure area.

St. Elizabeth's Hospital is a new facility and was completed in August 2017. It replaced a previous hospital location in Belleville, Ill., and serves the Southwestern region of the state. Hospital Sisters Health System partnered with Kahler Slater to master plan and design the 350,000-square-foot, $300 million facility and its surrounding 120-acre campus.

Von Alst Operating LLC installed 5,800 square feet of Rockfon’s Planar Macroplus metal ceiling system in Metalwood II Bamboo. The metal ceiling panels are perforated and have an Acoustex black backer for acoustic performance.

“We know that evidence-based design solutions that reduce noise can reduce stress and improve patient experience in the health care environment,” Sheedy says. “Cleanability is also key.”

Susan Holloway, RN, BSN, director of construction management at St. Elizabeth's Hospital, says, “The aesthetics of the installation have garnered lots of compliments from colleagues and visitors. They often note how warm the material looks and really are impressed that it is actually metal because it does give off the feeling of wood. It is definitely a product that both looks good and works for dampening sounds, such as idling cars, under our entrance canopies.”