Construction and Design - July 2014

Public awareness called key to healthy design

Facility owners need more comprehensive data to support investments in healthier building practices and products, study says


Designing to prevent HAIs

From design to maintenance, engineering can help prevent HAIs and ultimately improve patient health and satisfaction, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


N.C. facility plans $16.5 million ER expansion

CaroMont Health expansion will increase the size of its emergency department by nearly 70 percent


Trends in senior living design

Experts identified and discussed the driving trends in senior living design at Senior Living Design Symposium


Hospital face scaled back future

Massive structures are transitioning into multiple smaller buildings across the community


Mayo Clinic renovation design a team effort

Clinic exam and hospital suites were designed with the help of staff


Cincinnati hospital's facade honors region's artistic history

West Hospital project involved an artistic vision, mock-ups, a dose of technology and a leap of faith, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Nursing station design must consider patient care issues

Varied use of nursing stations presents complex and challenging issues to designers


Soliant Health names 20 Most Beautiful Hospitals for 2014

The specialty healthcare staffing provider named McKay-Dee Hospital Center in Ogden, Utah, the winner


Study says good physical work environment = effective nurses

Physical work environments affect registered nurses (RNs) and their ability to complete tasks, communicate and do their jobs efficiently


Gardens in long-term care settings benefit dementia patients

Gardens promote relaxation, stimulate memories, encourage activity and reduce agitation among residents who have dementia, according to an article on the Long-Term Living website


Comfortable work environments boost productivity

Providing a comfortable setting has become a healthcare priority for productivity, recruitment and retention, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Iowa hospital begins $138.5 million ER renovation, expansion

New seven-story tower planned for Genesis Medical Center - Davenport to improve service time


Changes expected for Chinese healthcare market

Discretionary spending on healthcare will rise and lead to an increase in access control and availability for the consumer, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital designed with welcoming architecture

New Nebraska facility's humanistic look reflects its emphasis on holistic rehabilitation, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Practice Greenhealth awards winners announced

Awards are given each year to honor outstanding programs that reduce a healthcare facility's environmental footprint


It may take a (health) village

Health villages may be the future of healthcare


Wisconsin healthcare campus designed for water conservation

The University of Wisconsin Hospital & Clinics incorporates water sustainability measures


Colorado facility adds hydro therapy rehabilitation pools

Orchard Park Health Care Center focuses on luxury as well as therapy


Designing a hybrid operating room

Imaging equipment tools must now be permanently integrated into hybrid ORs


Mercy Health designed for future flexibility

Cincinnati facility ready for the evolution of services in years to come, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


ASHRAE building automation systems guideline available

Guideline gives building automation system designers background information, recommendations for good practice and project considerations


Children's hospital sports playful design

Theme for newest building at Joe DiMaggio Children's Hospital is 'The Power of Play'


New Australian hospital takes green path

$1.76 billion Fiona Stanley Hospital in Western Australia is an example of how sustainable building practices can affect well-being


Texas hospital designed for community wellness

Resolute Health Hospital campus features a fitness center, health-oriented restaurants and walking trails


U.S. and Chinese health design trends compared

The discusion was part of the 15th Hospital Build and Infrastructure China Exhibition and Congress, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


East Tennessee Children's Hospital plans surgery and NICU expansion

Project's goal is to strengthen the hospital's regional recognition and brand by improving operations and elevating the quality of pediatric care, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Healthcare facility stairs hold unused potential

Clearly marked, easily accessible and safe stairwells can be a simple way to encourage activity, according to a blog on the Healthcare Design website by Editor-in-Chief Kristin D. Zeit


More data available for informed design decisions

The body of knowledge and research is increasing dramatically for healthcare designers


Washington hospital opens new cafe with sustainable menu, healthy choices

EvergreenHealth's Cafe 128 offers local, seasonal and sustainable foods and ingredients that support the system's Healthy Food in Health Care Pledge


Chicago-area hospital plans major expansion

Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove plans an expansion to add more private rooms


Children's hospital lounge caters to families

Hasbro Children's Hospital lounge is modeled after Dunkin Donuts' restaurant concept and features donated coffee, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Prefabrication or modularization can boost project efficiency

Both methods reduce waste and improve speed of construction


Does evidence-based design translate?

An article on the Healthcare Design website discusses whether U.S.-evidence-based design delivers similar outcomes abroad


Syracuse medical center gets $2.5 million from state for expansion

St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center undergoing a $265 million facility expansion


Reconfiguring healthcare space for new technology comes with challenges

To keep up with medical advancements, facilities are renovating to accommodate new state-of-the-art equipment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Kaiser Permanente Oakland replacement hospital opens

Twelve-story, 349-bed hospital is directly across the street from the medical center it replaces


Medical equipment planning key to project success

The involvement of strong clinical consultants, medical equipment planners and biomedical engineers is called critical


LEED rating system putting focus on product content

U.S. Green Building Council VP talks about how the system is helping to drive material disclosure in a blog on the Healthcare Design website


Missouri hospitals find it's becoming easier to go green

LED and compact fluorescent bulbs, reusable and recycled materials and energy efficient heating and air-conditioning units are more readily available


Teck Acute Care Centre design separates public, patient and staff flows with few crossovers

One of the central design objectives of the Vancouver, B.C., facility is to improve care delivery by optimizing access and flow, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Affordable Care Act expected to bring more outpatient facilities

Increase in insured patients expected to send more patients to outpatient care rather than the emergency room


Boston-area hospital receives 'Greenhealth' award

Newton-Wellesley Hospital honored for environmental achievements in the healthcare sector


Study finds building design can influence patient behavior

Images of curves in building exteriors and interiors may make people more fearful, according to an article on the Healthcare Design


Buffalo hospital adds 'safe room' in ER

Buffalo General Medical Center converts existing bay to better treat patients with behavioral health issues


Building product transparency basics

Healthcare projects can now earn LEED points for using environmental product declarations (EPDs) and health product declarations (HPDs), according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Design solutions for healthcare wayfinding

The design of the environment should include intuitive wayfinding from the start of the campus master-planning process


Facade design may help the healing process

With imaginative thinking and the latest technology, the facade can unify the demands required of healthcare building facilities


Bathroom designs address safety with style

While patient bathrooms are being re-evaluated with an eye on comfort, safety is still the key concern, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website



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