Vistakon Leadership Suite
The Vision Care Institute was conceived by Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, Inc. (Vistakon) as an opportunity to engage optometry school graduates and eye care professionals by offering a curriculum of instructional training and hand-on interactive learning at their existing Headquarters and Manufacturing Facility in Jacksonville, Florida. The project required the conversion of existing ground floor office spaces and underutilized storage spaces to accommodate training rooms, conference rooms, internet lounge, exam rooms, dispensing laboratory, and instructor admin offices. Located at the center of the facility is a state of the art large (1,000 square feet) training conference classroom equipped with large multiscreen project walls, video conferencing, and the latest audiovisual technologies. To enhance the quality of the internal room, backlit “windows” were integrated into the design to simulate daylighting from windows within the “windowless” room. The room also featured a custom designed table to accommodate 30 people. The custom table featured a metallic automotive paint finish, integrated power, data, and microphones, and was designed in sections to accommodate installation and delivery. The Vision Care Institute concept proved to be extremely successful with attendance from over half of the nation’s 1,100 optometry school graduates. As a result of the successful program, the Vision Care Institute concept was replicated in 17 locations worldwide by Johnson and Johnson Vision Care, Inc.
Pamela Albers, AIA, CID, LEED AP