Architecture - February 2013

Outpatient facility design trends focus on flexibility, cost efficiency

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.

2/25/2013


Design industry seeks to standardize research efforts

Healthcare design organizations are interested in developing funding for further research and standardizing research findings in accessible databases.

2/22/2013


BIM for MEP drives efficiency in hospital project

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.

2/21/2013


Overabundance of hospital beds drives admissions unnecessarily, study finds

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.

2/14/2013


Healthcare construction market trends streamline design

Market trends are driving healthcare facilities design to focus on cost reduction and efficiency.

2/11/2013


Pros offer tips for Lean healthcare facility planning

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.

2/11/2013


Crozer-Keystone Health System decentralizes to gain market share

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.

2/7/2013


Trend toward outpatient facilities alters healthcare development, design

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.

2/7/2013



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