Construction and Design - August 2013

Case study: Tampa primary care facility improved with LED lighting and digital controls

Acuity Brands recently released a case study of the lighting challenges faced in the building of the Tampa General Medical Group in Brandon, Florida.


Shhh - Hospitals making improvements in acoustics, privacy

Federal regulations and patient-satisfaction concerns spur changes


Take a photo tour of St. Vincent Hospital

Fishers hospital is the first in Indiana to seek LEED for Healthcare certification


Sustainable design goes beyond building phase

Healthcare facility maintenance is an important part of the 'green' picture


Healthcare can learn from hospitality design pulse

Hotel-adapted amenities can help make patients feel comfortable and cared for


Have waiting rooms seen their day?

New design trends include self check-in kiosks and more intuitive wayfinding


Transforming tribal healthcare facilities

Architect designs buildings that serve. represent Native American culture


Digging up surprises at healthcare construction sites

Planning can avoid some problems, flexibility can turn them into positives


Hospital dining room rehab tastes immediate success

Brooklyn Hospital Center's emphasis on fresh and healthy food stations boosts traffic 14 percent


New Oregon facility designed for rural needs

Planning for the Coquille Valley Hospital focused on physician recruitment, patient perception and economic impact.


Take a photo tour of the new Louis & Peaches Owen Heart Hospital

The 184,600-square-foot Tyler, Texas, facility is the region's first cardiac hospital.


With stripmall ERs, convenience has a price

Patients mistaking them for urgent care centers can develop wallet pains.


Bariatric design adjusts to larger patient needs

Facilities look beyond toilets and grab bars to wide doors and comfortable waiting room furniture


Freestanding EDs benefit hospitals' reach and bottom line

Additional "front doors" to care can reduce patient bottlenecks and long wait times.


Staff input informed planning of long-term care facility

Cypress Health Region employees in Saskatchewan took the lead in forming ideas and helping develop replacement-facility design.


Healthcare landscape architecture awards program announced

New competition will focus on landscape architecture in acute care, senior living, and behavioral health facilities.


Hospitals embrace the intersection of patient outcomes, sustainable design

In the past, patient outcomes and satisfaction may have seemed to be at odds with efficiency and sustainability. But that is changing.


Research suggests access to nature creates healthy results

Better patient outcomes seen in facilities with well-planned and tended landscaping.


Hospital design can impact care as well as bottom line

Forward-thinking design elements are good for the health of the patients as well as the health of the hospital's budget, says the chair of the Center for Health Design.


Health care reform era furnished by efficiency, durability

Tighter economic times mean health care facilities professionals are taking a hard look at their furniture choices. Design and consistency can play a large role in a facility's brand, but the furniture also needs to be durable from a facilities standpoint.


Mountains offer beautiful backdrop, challenges for hospital project

The Blue Ridge Mountains provided a beautiful backdrop, as well as challenges, for Kahler Slater architects. The new Martha Jefferson Hospital building - a replacement for the original 100-year-old facility - was named one of 2013's most beautiful hospitals.


Art donated to enhance patient experience at health center

New artwork donated to enhance the patient experience at The Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center in Worcester, Mass., was unveiled this week at a reception celebrating National Health Center Week.



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