Construction and Design - May 2013

Kaiser Permanente aims for LEED Gold in all new hospital construction

Kaiser Permanente May 22 announced it will seek Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification for all new construction of hospitals, large medical offices and other major projects.


Submissions sought for healthcare design renovation competition

Healthcare Design magazine, in partnership with The Center for Health Design, is seeking submissions for its 2013 Remodel/Renovation competition.


Behavioral health unit design provides for all adult patients, young and old

As demographics shift, hospitals are faced with having to provide for multiple patient populations in the same space.


BIM/VDC made a complex MEP installation possible at Lurie Children's Hospital

Twenty-three stories up, the mechanical floor at the Lurie Children's Hospital in Chicago is a testament to the design and operations pressures the vertical strategy created.


Deadline approaching for submissions to 2013 AIA healthcare design journal

The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) is seeking submissions for its 2013 Journal. The submission deadline is May 31.


In hospital nurse station design, form should follow function

Whenever a redesign or new installation will include nurse stations, improving the function of the nurse station should be the primary design consideration.


Hospital expansion focuses on the future with a design for growth

Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, in Dover, Del., recently expanded the institution with decades of well-planned growth in mind.


Hospital expansion focuses on the future with a design for growth

Bayhealth Kent General Hospital, in Dover, Del., recently expanded the institution with decades of well-planned growth in mind.


Holistic design approach to hospital wayfinding helps build brand

Hospitals have come to realize that good wayfinding not only reduces patient and visitor frustration, but also helps build the institution's brand.


Careful planning, design can have big impact on healthcare facility operations

Planning and design have tremendous impact on a facility's overall operational efficiency and ROI, not to mention occupant comfort, sustainability and more.


Texas children's hospital reinvents NICU ward with new facility design

Many factors were considered and tested when Cook Children's Medical Center in Texas decided to expand and reinvent its renowned NICU facilities.


Hospital emergency department redesigned for better efficiency

Using tactics more common to retail and manufacturing, the expanded University of Colorado's emergency department has been able to reduce wait times from 80 minutes to around 10.


Focus on outpatient, team-based cancer care reshapes treatment facility design

The cancer care landscape is ever-evolving thanks to a myriad of factors, most notably, a focus on team-based, outpatient treatment plans.


Healthcare textiles improve performance through high-tech finishes

Textile products in healthcare environments need to be durable and cleanable while still remaining attractive to users. Over the last two decades, the textile industry has developed several fabric coatings and finishes that achieve these goals while being friendlier to the environment than previous options.


Hospitals set tone for patient experience through lobby design

As hospitals seek to differentiate themselves in an ever more competitive market, many are looking to their lobbies to start the patient experience off on the right foot.


Children's hospital focuses on patient-centered design in every detail

The Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital, which opened June 2012 in Chicago, Ill., was designed to make going to the hospital — and sometimes staying for months at a time — a little less scary of an experience for the children and their families.



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