Construction and Design - November 2013

The making of a healthcare design changemaker

Honored designer reshaping the way healthcare is delivered in developing countries


Hospitals' large energy use a solvable dilemma

Health care retrofits provide numerous other benefits as well, ranging from improved equipment longevity to decreased patient recovery times to a more attractive brand


New Brunswick hospital to get $200M renovation

Fredericton hospital expansion required to meet needs identified in 2007 report


Remote monitoring measures the impact of construction on sensitive equipment

Preconstruction testing with representative equipment is the best way to quantify the expected impact of the vibrations of construction activities


Cedars-Sinai Medical Center's Advanced Health Science Pavilion designed as gateway

Color, texture, and varied lighting chosen to give patients and staff a feeling of comfort and thoughtful organization makes the building easy to navigate


The influence of Lean on project team dynamics

The architecture/engineering/construction industry has begun to recognize the value of integration and eliminating waste


Delaware medical center expansion recognized for design

Bayhealth Medical Center project includes an emergency department and oncology center, supported by a helipad, conference center


Super storms put focus on building resilient hospitals

Recent events demonstrate that with weather events becoming more and more extreme, healthcare owners may need to reassess the resiliency of their facilities


Toronto health care facility design lauded for use of sustainable wood

Batchewana First Nations Health Facility recognized for use of wood framing and structural timber construction


Kids dental clinic uses colorful, open design to extract fear

Seattle Kids Dentistry uses exposed concrete walls and custom wood details to capture the Pacific Northwest aesthetic


Chicago safety-net hospital designs for the future

Saint Anthony Hospital engages architect to design prototype that would act as a model for cohesive approach to their facilities and future clinics


Green healthcare design knowledge no longer an 'extra'

Design firms now need to have extensive sustainability expertise even to be considered for new projects


Olivia Newton John Cancer & Wellness Centre recognized for design

Centre's designers were lauded for capturing outdoor space and natural light in a tight urban setting


Healthcare design and construction professionals recognized for innovation

The award recognizes a healthcare service company that demonstrates a progressive approach to developing strategic partnerships that have contributed to transforming healthcare through innovation


Brazilian hospital project's multisensory experience includes aromatherapy

Emotional design concept addressed the main lobby, elevators, main circulation and waiting area, traumatology entrance, cafeteria, and radiotherapy center


Healthcare facility planning should reflect mission over time

Healthy, flexible and sustainable master planning can be achieved over the life of the campus only if it is implemented, organized and maintained through sound urban design strategies


Healthcare designers mostly embracing new LEED v4

LEED v4 called the most significant and comprehensive update since LEED's inception,with more aggressive energy and water efficiency prerequisites and credits and unprecedented building product reporting and disclosure requirements


Building information modeling can advance the health facility planning process

Complex medical technologies present technical, financial, structural and logistical challenges to planners


Using healthcare landscape architecture to promote healthier lifestyles

Now's the time to re-evaluate how site development of a healthcare campus can contribute to a proactive wellness strategy


New Vancouver hospital brings new design benchmarks to province

St. Mary's is first British Columbia hospital with all single-occupancy rooms


Lack of natural light effects patients' sleep, study says

Researchers found the lowest levels of daytime light exposure were tied to worse mood and more fatigue and pain among patients


Hospital interior design focuses on improving outcomes

We are now in an era of accountability on all levels that impacts design, too


Hospital's child friendly designs are bright, cheerful distraction

Alabama's Benjamin Russell Hospital for Children built to meet demands of growing population and new technology and to improve patient experience


Design team talk about Haiti hospital project challenges

Healthcare Design's 'Take Five' series asks healthcare design professionals about what's got their attention


ROI of sustainable healthcare design must be demonstrated

To maximize ROI, sustainability strategies should carefully balance fiscal, sociological and ecological interests- the triple bottom line


Massachusetts assisted living facility stresses natural light, access to nature

The facility is designed with gables, wrap-around porches, and colonnaded enclosed promenades, and set against a wooded backdrop and manicured landscaping


Health sector in Indian region going greener

The first to embrace the concept will be the new section of Sree Chitra Tirunal Institute for Medical Sciences and Technology in Thiruvananthapuram


Healthcare architect experiences hospital room firsthand

The hospital experience can be improved by understanding how patients interact with their physical environment. The practical and emotional implications of space planning and furnishings selection cannot be ignored


Deinstitutionalizing facility that treats criminals comes with obstacles

West Virginia's William R. Sharpe Jr. Hospital behavioral health addition brings concerns related to safety and visual control of all patient-access areas


Mercy St. Vincent Medical Center brings nature to patients with green roof

Toledo hospital's patients and their visitors can see the park-like setting from over 84 patient rooms, multiple waiting rooms, and visitor lounges


N.Y. hospital building projects prepare facilities for future superstorms

One year after superstorm Sandy, Coney Island Hospital is building for a future when such storms are routine


Agnesian HealthCare starts $21 million project expansion project

The 100,000-square-foot project will allow Agnesian to consolidate its podiatry services, expand its space for orthopedics and Sports, Spine and Work Center, and relocate physiatry, neurology services and the dialysis center


Gathering insights to inform patient-focused design solutions

Designers can capture feedback in various ways, including observation, interviews and focus groups


Remodeling projects reveal top senior living trends

Facilities are faced with growing pressure from changing care models, market competition, declining building stock and regulatory requirements to update existing environments


Advanced Energy Retrofit Guide for Healthcare Facilities available for free download

Advanced Energy Retrofit Guides help building owners and managers as well as design and construction professionals plan, design, and implement energy efficiency upgrades in commercial buildings


New trends seen in healthcare facility design

There has been a push toward patient comfort over the past few years with the aim of changing stark, sterile facilities into comfortable and relaxing places for patients to heal


Healthcare design for elderly focuses on homelike environment

Competition has increased because of housing slowdown and "aging in place" trend


Blog asks: What makes a good waiting room?

PBS documentary raises questions about how improved emergency room waiting area design might offer comfort


Restaurant to clinic renovation serves up challenges

Zoning restrictions, sustainability requirements and one giant billboard all needed to be dealt with



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