Golisano Children's Hospital


The largest capital project in the University of Rochester’s history—Golisano Children’s Hospital—opened its doors in July 2015. The eight-story, 245,000-square foot building offers a range of pediatric services. When the plans were drawn, Ballinger focused on the feedback provided from family focus groups at the start of the project, which requested consistent, clear wayfinding to reunite families with their children quickly and easily.


Architects at Ballinger worked with ArtHouse Design in Denver to create custom themes and consistent icons for each floor of Golisano Children’s Hospital. Impact-resistant Acrovyn by Design was used to display the playful graphics set in the scenery of upstate New York. The nine themed ‘neighborhood’ floors also have clear, consistent wayfinding to reduce anxieties and put patients and their families at ease while navigating the space.

Project: Golisano Children's Hospital

Location: Rochester, NY

Architect: Ballinger

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The walls of Golisano Children's Hospital's new building feature unique imagery on each floor

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Golisano Children's Hospital

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The 245,000-square foot, eight-story Golisano Children’s Hospital provides a wide range of pediatric services. ArtHouse Design, a Denver firm with expertise in wayfinding and visual experiences, in Denver was hired by Ballinger to create fun, custom themes for each floor of the new facility to engage patients and visitors. This allowed Golisano Children’s Hospital to achieve its goal of creating a diverse pediatric care environment with a playful atmosphere.

Golisano Children's Hospital Acrovyn by Design, Corner Guards and Handrails

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