Lancaster General Hospital, Seraph-McSparren Pediatric Inpatient Unit - Donor Wall

Lancaster, PA

How do you turn a donor wall into an opportunity for play? Metcalfe Lancaster General Hospital and Stantec to design an expansive donor wall at the entrance to the hospital’s new pediatric inpatient unit. In order to make this feature more than just a plaque on a wall, Metcalfe created a series of interactive, rotating color wheels that act like a secret decoder lens. These wheels use principles of color theory and light, to hide or reveal custom illustrations depending on which color lens is used.


The illustrations embrace the theme of STEAM learning and show scenes that highlight whimsical interpretations of life sciences, technology, engineering and more!


The donor wall serves as a visual transition from the general hospital environment to the playful pediatric area. Donors names are commingled with the colorful wheels and displayed on back-lit panels.


Adjacent to the donor wall, an LED wall greets visitors with a welcoming array of slowly shifting colors. The colors and patterns on the wall change in response to nearby sound. The soft glow from the light array provides a welcoming and calming atmosphere for patients and families as they enter the unit.