As part of the first stage of the current multi million dollar redevelopment of Tasmania’s Royal Hobart Hospital this single level insertion of a new 11 Bed Intensive Care/High Dependency Unit (ICU/HDU) presented a number of chal- lenges, particularly providing external windows to help patients maintain their circadian rhythm (day/night/day) and internally providing staff oversight to patients and instant privacy when required to the individual bed bays.
The area available for development was adjacent to the existing ICU/HDU ward but was bounded on three sides by existing buildings and overlooked by an abutting multi level ward block with a glazed façade.
The solution to enhance the amenity and healing environment was the introduction of a centrally placed clear storey skylight running the full length of the ward’s central corridor space. To allow control of the daytime sunlight at certain times of the day iGLASS Privacy Glass was selected by the architects. The glass switching controls (frosted to clear vision) were placed at the central staff base and allow instant switching between frosted to clear sun control as re- quired.
An added advantage of the switching ability minimises overlooking into the ICU/HDU at night time from the adjacent high level ward block.
Part of the hospital design brief requested that a number of bed bays have acoustic privacy from the rest of the ward but that staff visual over sight was an important consideration.
iGLASS was approached by the project architects to offer a solution for sliding glass doors to close off the individual bed bays and to be glazed with iGLASS Privacy glass (frosted to clear vision) via a wall switch within each bay and to activate each doors privacy feature whilst the door panel was at any point along the sliding door track mechanism.
iGLASS CEO Dr Johnny Pak took up the challenge and developed a sliding door track that can deliver the low voltage current required to activate the glass continuously along any part of the sliding door track.
This iGLASS innovation has now become a standard sliding door feature in many new hospitals and sliding wall units in commercial applications.
iGLASS welcomes the challenge to offer innovative solutions and are always happy to discuss your special application when considering any of our glass products.