Construction and Design - January 2014

Geriatric emergency departments have implications for long-term care

Emergency departments designed for the elderly is one of 10 technology-related trends hospital leaders will be thinking about this year


Design can deter patients from using hospital gardens

Lack of awareness and lack of shade linked to low garden use, according to study


Kaleida Health recognized by interior design award

The medical complex was designed to remove the barriers between cardiology and neurosurgery, and between research, teaching, and clinical practice


Gundersen Health System opens sustainable hospital

LaCrosse, Wis., facility aims to reduce energy consumption from the national average of 240-280 kBTU to 115kBTU, putting it among the top 1 percent of energy-efficient hospitals in the region and top 5 percent in the country


ASHE announces Vista award winners

2014 award recognize the importance of working together to optimize the healthcare environment


Children's Medical Center Dallas installs interactive exhibit

As part of yearlong centennial celebration, hospital adds feature that celebrates history


Lean design means doing more with less

For the Lean method to work, an efficient operational process must be supported by the physical space


The patient is the focus of cancer center design

It's important for designers to understand the spectrum of journeys that cancer patients experience, to gain empathy that informs the design of environments to more effectively support the cancer fight


Cincinnati Children's Hospital adds pet therapy building

Cats and dogs are able to visit their owners whose stays are longer than five days


FEMA grant to strengthen hurricane-damaged hospital

$17 million grant will let a Mississippi health system renovate the south tower of Singing River Hospital, fortifying it against hurricanes


In hospital design, mock-ups only as useful as the people they engage

The physical interaction of mock-ups can make them rich experiences that encourage participation across professional levels and personality types


Magazine announces healthcare design winners

Healthcare Design names winners of second annual 'The HCD 10' competition


Top five ideas that will influence healthcare in 2014

Architect offers view of the future in Healthcare Design magazine's 'Take Five' series


Wyoming nursing home replacement building to stress private rooms

Project will also add a dining room over looking the golf course, administrative offices and sitting areas


Modular construction builds flexibility into healthcare projects

Healthcare is currently the leading market sector utilizing modular construction at 49 percent, according to recent industry statistics


10 considerations when converting to private hospital rooms

Key issues include safety, accessibility and environmental- and technology-friendliness


Designer's passion for kids' healthcare design started early

Blogger's parents supported and cared for children and their families medically and through education and product design


Chicago hospitals share information on green efforts

Chicago Green Healthcare Initiative was formed with support from a U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to help accelerate the implementation of energy efficiency activities in the healthcare sector


FGI's guidelines for healthcare design features significant changes

FGI separates the hospital and ambulatory requirements from nursing homes and other residential and long-term care requirements


Northwestern Grayslake expansion awarded LEED status

The Grayslake expansion project includes the relocation of a retention pond and associated wetlands area, the creation of a healing garden and clinical expansion space targeted for cancer, orthopaedics and rehabilitation services


Material choices crucial in behavioral health setting

Behavioral health facilities have issues of durability and safety not required in most other healthcare settings


Senior facility landscaping includes therapeutic obstacles

Merwick Care and Rehabilitation Center honored for therapy garden that combines beauty with mental inspiration while providing the environmental challenges that will help its residents train for real life


Building information modeling mandate helps manage multiple projects

Northwestern Medicine has a mix of renovation and new construction projects in progress at all times


Indiana safety net hospital on track to become LEED Silver campus

Eskenazi Health Campus first completely new Indianapolis downtown hospital campus in 40 years


Children's facility projects popular despite economy

Demand, access to funds keep projects moving despite sluggish environment for hospital capital improvements


Construction accelerated at Troy hospitals

Health system can't afford to take as much time with the construction


Give your facility a healthy dose of color

Changing a healthcare facility's color palette involves planning and input from healthcare design professionals


Take a photo tour of Welsh university health facility

Hadyn Ellis Building of Cardiff University developed on former railway site


Blog gives children's hospital holiday makeover

Young House Love spruces up Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU's family care center room


California children's hospitals expanding new location

Stanford Children's Health, Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford building new model and system for healthcare delivery


Raising expectations for ceilings

Increase Medicare financial reimbursements and improve patient outcomes with proper ceilings


Designer says innovation in healthcare key to flourishing in future

Providers need to embrace prefabrication techniques and 3-D printing and put them into practice


Foreign hospital projects offer lessons to designers

Emerging markets and a desire for U.S. health care designers have created a thriving international industry for U.S.-based architects


Landscaping brings facility mission beyond walls

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital creates outdoor therapeutic program that addressed the physical and mental rehabilitation needs of patients


Tennessee hospital to build addition on top of existing structure

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital to add 160,000 square feet to bring capacity to more than 300 beds


Renovation of Texas senior living facility focuses on life enhancement

'Main Street' facility designed to enrich the lives of residents by providing entertaining diversions from the routine of daily nursing care


New LEED standard encourages transparency in materials selection

Move sparked by concern about building materials' and hazardous chemicals' effects on patients and staff


2014 trends in healthcare facilities

Many healthcare organizations will be required to transition and transform their portfolio of real estate assets


Iowa hospital remodels materials management department

Clarke County Hospital is renovating the north side of the hospital facility to house the new materials management department


Nine ways to cut hospital costs

Many are facilities related and involve 'green' measures


Architect shares five steps to successful budgetary discussions

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


New version of LEED pushes building performance

LEED v4 has the potential to reduce CO2 emissions more than any other versions of the LEED rating systems according to USGBC


Put environmental concerns at the forefront of construction projects

Every construction project at a healthcare facility may involve environmental risks that need to be addressed to safeguard the health of patients, staff, workers and the public


Top 5 new healthcare projects in 2013

Healthcare Design editors' favorite facilities that opened in 2013.


Sustainability's healing touch: incremental steps for healthcare

Healthcare interiors choices have great potential to directly impact sustainability



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