Helsinki children’s hospital controls privacy and light with specialty glazing

Vision Control® louvers-within-glass ensure adjustable privacy and optimal hygiene in HUS Lastenklinikka ICU MONTREAL, Canada – June 7, 2011 – Unicel Architectural, the leading manufacturer of vision and daylight control solutions, announced today the completion of a project that incorporates its Vision Control® glass-encased louvers into the intensive care unit (ICU) of the HUS Lastenklinikka (children’s hospital) in Helsinki, Finland.

The ICU is part of a new facility completed in 2010 that also encompasses a surgical and anesthesia ward and a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit. The HUS Lastenklinikka is considered the premier such facility in Finland.

As part of the project, Helsinki firm AW2 Architects sought an interior fenestration solution that would provide light throughout the ICU while allowing for adjustable privacy. The solution also had to meet with the unit’s exceedingly stringent hygiene requirements. Unicel’s Vision Control® solution was selected and installed for the ICU partition walls and offices, and the thinner version Vision Control® Mini was employed for the ICU sliding doors.

“The design requirements for the HUS Lastenklinikka ICU were very exacting in terms of quality, functionality and hygiene,” said Kari Miettinen, Director of Sales for Vitrea Oy, glazing contractor for the project.  “Unicel’s Vision Control® presented the desired solution for the ICU facility to help ensure an optimal patient and recovery environment. We believe the HUS Lastenklinikka ICU sets a new standard of excellence for pediatric healthcare design. ”

“AW2 Architects and Vitrea Oy wanted to make sure that the ICU would rank this children’s hospital among the best,” said Jean-Francois Couturier, Unicel CEO. “Vision Control® was developed with healthcare facilities in mind. We have earned a reputation as a leader for healthcare architectural products specifically because we are proven to meet or exceed the highest standards of the industry. We are proud to have contributed to the HUS Lastenklinikka ICU project.”

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