Interior Design - January 2013
Sourcing non-toxic materials for healthcare is design challenge
One of the challenges designers face is finding non-chemical building materials to create healthier interiors in healthcare facilities.
NYC building code restricts interior finish options in healthcare
Updates to the New York City building code restrict the use of interior finishes common in healthcare settings. According to the 2008 New York City building code, materials must now meet smoke development classifications, in addition to fire resistance classifications.
Hospital shares mission through patient experience design
Sharon Erdman, director of Patient Experience Design at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., shares the design methods she uses to communicate Mayo's mission and history to patients and visitors alike.
Healthcare design teams could benefit from patient advocate on staff
Anne Marie Philbrook, principal and lead designer of Philbrook Healthcare Design, suggests design teams can provide more creative, patient friendly environments if they have "patient-experience specialist" on staff looking out for the patients' interests.
Emergency departments for the elderly offer the comforts of home
The New York Times reports a growing trend toward designing hospital emergency rooms that cater to the specific needs of baby boomers and their parents.