UCLA transforms health center lobby with Think Lightweight ceilings

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In the healthcare world, every detail matters, especially when it comes to creating spaces that promote healing and comfort. UCLA Health Center, renowned for its patient care, recently transformed its lobby with Lightweight Panels and modern designs that they say have elevated the atmosphere of this prestigious institution.


At the heart of UCLA Health Center's renovation lies the reception area, a vital space where patients and visitors form their first impressions. LaForma's design team envisioned a contemporary, all-white theme that exudes professionalism and cleanliness, mirroring the institution's dedication to exceptional care. However, it was the ceiling design that truly stole the show, incorporating modern architectural elements reminiscent of floating clouds.

Central to this design concept were Architectural Ceiling Beams, made using our 2" thick Lightweight Foam Core Panels, encased in matching color core laminate. These lightweight panels not only provided structural integrity but also added a touch of sophistication to the lobby space. Architectural Ceiling Beams, flush-mounted to the ceiling, further enhanced the modern aesthetic, creating a visually striking look and welcoming environment.

The architectural ceiling panels are lightweight. With an 85% reduction in weight compared to traditional materials like plywood, particleboard, and MDF, the panels offer versatility without compromising durability.


Customizability & Variety of Finishes: These Lightweight Panels allow for easy application of face materials such as veneer, laminate, and coatings, ensuring that each design reflects the unique vision of the project.
One of the standout features of our Foam Light Panels is customizability. They are available in different thicknesses and dimensions to accommodate various design requirements. Whether it's a thickness ranging from 3/4" to 3-3/4" or dimensions up to 5 ft x 12 ft, these panels offer unparalleled versatility and customization options.
Coupled with a wide range of sizes, finishes, and edge options, they allow designers to unleash their creativity and bring their vision to life with ease.
Rigid Support: The rigid face material of the panels supports selected methods of attachment, providing stability and ease of installation, even for intricate designs.

Moreover, Think Lightweight's commitment to innovation extends beyond ceilings. The project at UCLA Health Center also utilized our Lightweight Wall Panels, which not only reduced weight exponentially but also added depth and dimension to the lobby area. This cohesive integration of architectural elements highlights the meticulous attention to detail and thoughtful design approach that we bring to every project.


The company said the Think Lightweight architectural ceilings have redefined the aesthetic of UCLA Health Center and set a new standard for innovation in healthcare design. By combining lightweight materials with modern design elements, we can create spaces that inspire healing, comfort, and a sense of well-being.



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