St. John’s Regional Medical Center Mercy Cross Tower


What started as simple project to replace dated materials evolved into a complete re-design for the existing focal point of the emergency room entrance when it was discovered the underlying structure was in serious need of repair. After salvaging portions of the existing steel super-structure and reducing the height of the tower by 20 feet, the designers utilized contemporary materials such as EIFS panels for their lightweight and easily sculpted properties to create the backdrop for the emblematic Mercy Cross. Each cross on the three-sided tower is backlit with a halo of LED lighting, in addition to a combination of spotlights and concealed fixtures to create a glowing beacon from the highest tier. The base of the tower is clad in stone matching the rising planter walls below, a re-purposed fountain feature from the original tower.

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