Construction and Design - March 2013

White paper examines accountable design in healthcare industry

A recently published white paper examines whether the design industry should also be held accountable for health outcomes under The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.


Elderly-focused design a growing consideration in acute-care facilities

Due to an aging population and the influence of the Affordable Care Act, acute-care facilities have to accommodate elder patients in their design decisions. Experts highlight some of the design considerations.


Hospital expansion showcases BIM and integrated project delivery

The new cancer center being built at the University of Massachusetts Memorial Medical Center is a good example of how to use building information modeling and virtual design and construction (BIM/VDC) to successfully deliver an integrated project.


Public spaces in healthcare can have a big impact if properly designed

Rather than designed as afterthoughts, the public spaces in healthcare facilities should be identified and designed to function according to their specific typology.


Center for Health Design presents master webinar series

The Center for Health Design presents the ICONS and Innovators master webinar series through September with trending design topics covered by thought leaders in healthcare design.


Ten steps for designing beyond minimum ADA compliance standards in hospitals

During construction or significant renovation, healthcare facility managers can play a role in ensuring the facility will not only meet minimum ADA design requirements but also will meet the practical usage needs of patients and staff.


Advancements in chiller systems lead to energy efficiency in healthcare facilities

Numerous technological advances in chillers allow healthcare occupancies to reap significant energy efficiency gains during new construction or significant retrofits.


Evidence-based design helps hospital achieve world-class standard

The Department of Defense's Military Health System (MHS) mandates its healthcare facilities be built to world-class standards. Fort Belvoir Community Hospital is the first MHS facility to consciously incorporate new EBD ideas to help achieve the standard.



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