The innovative headwall design transforms an institutional medical product into an architectural element as functional as it is beautiful. Merging evidence-based design with an intensive prototyping process, the headwall contains the room’s technology with a single element – its innovative canopy. IDA appreciated how the “headwall united architecture, technology, and the patient care workflow in one pioneering design.” The model will be used to build 242 more headwalls for the UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center set to open in 2016.Shield Casework collaborated on the crafting of the headwall to ensure it is also inherently clean. Shield’s thermoformed surface fabrication clads the metal framework, creating a nonporous surface that reduces the risk of transferring infections.


Solid Surface HeadwallUniversity of California, San Diego2016Jacobs Medical Centre