According to Brad Pollitt, A.I.A., UF Health Shands Facilities vice president, the arts are top of mind and implemented throughout the entire construction process.
“From the beginning of design through the final coordination of lighting, we look at all of the important opportunities where art can have a major impact on visitors,” Pollitt said. “AIM and Facilities have collaborated to create some truly inspirational spaces.”
In the almost three decades that Facilities and AIM have worked together, they have incorporated artwork from faculty and staff in patient rooms and throughout new facilities. They have also integrated local artists’ work into the wayfinding program.
Finding tranquility and peace of mind in aesthetically pleasing spaces is quite common, according to Pollitt. He said that almost everyone can relate to being inspired by different forms of art, like songs or pictures.
“Whether it is the reflection in the moment or the distraction that helps relieve pain and pass time, art has a place in the healing environment,” Pollitt said. “Our job is to help create those moments.”