Lemberg meets a need for state-of-the-art lighting control at Aurora Kenosha Cancer Center

Background and Goals

When the diagnosis is cancer, one of the most important decisions a person will make is where to go for the best treatment available. The Aurora Kenosha Cancer Center offers board-certified oncologists who specialize in specific types of cancer and are recognized for providing high quality medical technologies and care.

In early 2014, the Aurora Kenosha Cancer Center was challenged with installing a new lighting control system. It was learned early in the project development that electrical specifications did not meet the needs of all project stakeholders, as they were originally specified to be an automated control system per the energy management team’s request. Opposing this original request, Aurora physicians needed manual switch controls in exam rooms and infusion areas.

Strategy

Conflicting needs between Aurora’s energy management team and physicians presented a challenge in regard to the lighting control system’s functionality and efficiency. Lemberg knew there was a resolution that would meet the needs of both stakeholders. A qualified manufacturing representative was consulted to assemble a few different lighting control options at different price points.

After the initial consultation and assembly of options that would fit both the needs of energy management and Aurora’s physicians, Lemberg modeled lighting control scenarios and presented pricing / maintenance cost information. This presentation provided the necessary information that resulted in the best decision for both parties.

Results

Aurora chose a hybrid lighting control system that offered cost-effective construction and maintenance implications, and allowed the end user the ability to manually control the lighting. While all main areas were controlled automatically with motion sensors, physicians and nurses were able to manually control switches in exam rooms and infusion areas.

Manual lighting controls were wired into the main areas as a backup – to be turned off automatically during hours that rooms were not typically used.

Impact

Had project representatives not had the foresight to interview end users of the lighting control system, all stakeholders would not have been satisfied with the new system. The design and installation team was able to change the specifications of the system to address conflicting needs and provide results that in turn, offered the best user experience for Aurora employees in addition to providing a comfortable environment for visiting patients.