Architecture | Commercial and Retail | Santé Health System |

Santé Health System Headquarters

Fresno, CA | 2015

In addition to lighting design, Lightswitch Architectural provided design management services for the project.

Santé Health Systems found the cure for the boring office blues at its new headquarters. After several years spent in unplanned, disparate spaces, the medical management corporation united its teams and companies under one roof in Fresno, CA. Henderson Architecture and Lightswitch Architectural designed a tenant fit-out that remedied Santé’s space issues, improved its functionality and elevated its mood.

In addition to lighting design, Lightswitch Architectural provided design management services for the project. To help Santé work better, we examined what wasn’t working well and came up with a plan to fix it along with the architect and electrical engineer, Howe Electric. In Santé’s previous workplace, executive leadership was separated into different areas. Now management is organized into private offices with advanced lighting capabilities tailored to suit each level of staff. All employees can enjoy the newly redesigned breakroom, an “urban kitchen” concept with a freestanding, self-serve store. With some minor changes, like adding track lighting, we made the breakroom multifunctional for presentations and events. Corporate meetings are held in six conference spaces, which feature easy-to-use, integrated lighting and AV technology. In the lobby, we gave a bland entry a facelift with a subtle, color-shifting ceiling and branded signage that expresses the company’s personality.

Just like a good physician, we listened to Santé’s concerns and checked its workspace wellness before coming up with our treatment plan. Using just .25 watts per sf, the lighting was designed to meet the newly enforced Title 24 requirements for California. While initial attempts were made to beat the Title 24 cutoff dates, under Lightswitch’s guidance Santé agreed to embrace the new code requirements. As a pillar in the Central Valley of California, Santé thought it best to set the example.