Construction and Design - February 2013
To be successful, healthcare facility design must be sensitive to the needs of its patients, including cultural and social needs. Four designers talk about projects done abroad.
As healthcare organizations pursue cost savings and market share, outpatient facilities continue to grow as a percentage of the facilities portfolio. Here are the top five outpatient construction trends to watch.
Healthcare design organizations are interested in developing funding for further research and standardizing research findings in accessible databases.
By combining electronic surveying technology with building information modeling (BIM) and 3D models, the design-build mechanical contractor for large healthcare facility was able to prefabricate systems, saving time and money while improving accuracy.
A free webinar March 12 at 1 p.m. Eastern will discuss the use of antimicrobial copper-infused surfaces in healthcare facilities to aid infection prevention.
Psychiatric hospitals have their own design needs and do not necessarily benefit from the evidence-based design practices suitable for a general hospital.
A new study shows that capacity by itself can drive hospital admissions, with findings supporting limiting the number of hospital beds to actual population needs.
Healthcare organizations are putting off larger projects like new or replacement hospital construction in favor of focusing on renovations, technology upgrades and outpatient or ambulatory facilities.
Market trends are driving healthcare facilities design to focus on cost reduction and efficiency.
The ongoing need to do more with less has led many healthcare organizations to adopt the principles of Lean management across the system, from clinical care to facilities planning.
At Crozer-Keystone Health System just west of Philadelphia, the vice president of facility planning and development has been leveraging community-based outpatient facilities to cater to the healthcare consumer's desire for choice and convenience.
The trend toward using medical office buildings for higher-acuity care is likely to continue, so developers and designers will need to determine how the functional requirements differ from a hospital and plan accordingly.
As healthcare organizations continue to move toward more sustainable business models, with emphasis placed on energy efficiency and environmental stewardship, the popularity of installing vegetative roofs is likely to grow.
There have been new trends in healthcare flooring over the past few years, as well as studies to determine how those trends are being implemented and to what effect. Here are a few resources for the latest on healthcare flooring options:
Healthcare architects have written tips and shared advice on how to make the decision between renovation and new construction a little easier, and there are many examples of best practices in both renovation and replacement. Here are just a few standouts.
Interior designers share some best practices learned while developing an art program for a major medical center.