Florida Hospital for Women

Daylighting promotes the healing process

This award-winning facility represents the pinnacle of women’s healthcare at the prestigious hospital’s flagship campus. Its 13 floors and 336 licensed beds will serve women’s health needs through all stages of their lives.


Motorized shades tie into the building's automation control system

Project Goals

Growing research demonstrates that patients recover faster and better from illness or surgery in settings that offer abundant daylight and views to the outdoors. Architectural design that provides these features is proven to correlate with reduced medication intake and shorter recovery periods, thereby improving patient outcomes and quickening room turnaround times.

Daylighting promotes the healing process

Project Solutions

Mecho provided motorized DoubleShades® for patient rooms, along with ThermoVeil® shadecloth for advanced solar heat control and Classic Blackout shadecloth for improved rest, privacy, and room-darkening at any time of day. The system can be easily operated by patients and staff with a pillow switch, multiple wall controls and the building automation system.


Common areas on the patient floors use manual solar shades to provide ample natural light while minimizing glare and heat gain, thereby ensuring occupant comfort while reducing energy costs.

Interior of a 7th floor patient room

Project Results

For this project, Window Interiors, a Mecho dealer and collaborator, won Florida’s regional Associated Builders and Contractors Eagle Award in 2016. 


Mechos’ 10-year non-depreciating warranty—along with the antimicrobial shadecloth’s 20-year lifespan—will ensure the Florida Hospital for Women will serve patients, promote healing solutions, and gain energy savings far into the future.