Construction and Design - September 2014

Converting doubles to private rooms

ACA has increased the pressure to go to all private rooms, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


HVAC considerations in hybrid OR design

To maximize future flexibility, designers should consider using an integrated ceiling system rather than a monolithic design


Preparing Caribbean hospitals for natural disasters

The smart hospital initiative has become a global standard for assessing the likelihood a hospital can remain functional in disasters


Children's hospital to have Xbox Kinect-powered atrium

New $270 million A.I. duPont Hospital for Children will open in Wilmington, Del.


Hawaii approves funding for hospital upgrades

A total of $9.2 million was ok'd for projects that will include the renovation of two state facilities


New ambulance bay built to improve safety and efficiency

Janesville, Wis., hospital's new structure can accommodate five ambulances


Resolute Health's Wellness Campus features green spaces, walking trails and gardens

Healthcare Design website article offers a photo tour of New Braunfels, Texas, facility


St. Louis senior community renovates inside and out

Bethesda Terrace project created a multi-use living/dining/activity room and beautified the outdoor space, according to an article on the Environments for Aging website


Architect talks of 'restorative design'

In TEDMED talk, architect discusses healthcare's move away from harmful built environments, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Hospitals find cost-cutting energy efficiencies

Mercy Health secured new electricity, natural gas and demand response contracts for 19 facilities


New hospital in Ireland has intimate feel

Building is a series of smaller connected blocks, with the buildings nearest to the entrance limited to two and three stories, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Hospital room design boosts patient recovery times

University Medical Center of Princeton room design changes result in 99 percent patient satisfaction score


Ghana Ridge Hospital design inspired by Kenyan culture

465,560-square-foot facility to have 600 beds and more than 12 surgical suites


Green restrooms promote efficiency, wellness

Sustainable restroom design offers cost-saving opportunities


Daylight's benefits coming to surgical areas

Facilities are incorporating daylighting into the surgical environment, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


White paper on sound masking available

Free case study on Healthcare Design website details Florida Hospital Wesley Chapel project


Louisiana healthcare providers planning multi-million dollar construction projects

Three major Shreveport-area hospital systems are each working on multi-million dollar construction projects to expand and revamp services


Kansas City-area memory-care facility plans $7.5M expansion

Project will add new private and couples suites and skilled nursing and rehabilitation services


Design Showcase honored projects have unique challenges

Projects are unique in their challenges and the design solutions their design teams created to address them, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


White paper explores interior design for autistic

Free paper on Healthcare Design magazine website discusses design goals and guidelines for creating a soothing and stimulant environment


Pennsylvania hospital plants organic farm

Five-acre farm provides fresh produce for St. Luke's health system


Designing for minimum impact on existing hospitals

At Box Hill Hospital, a bridge was created forming an external plant platform allowing the Australian facility to remain fully operational during construction


Laser Spine Institute plans ambulatory surgery center

New 176,000-square-foot facility in Tampa to include corporate HQ


Cancer center healing garden offers calming respite

Landscaped outdoor garden space features indigenous plants, a manmade stream and winding paths


Innovations become the new design standard

Access to natural daylight or the use of healing art are no longer unusual, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Boston Hospitals going green

Slide show on Boston Business Journal website describes efforts at various facilities


Australian cancer center lauded for daylighting

The Chris O'Brien Lifehouse in Camperdown, Australia, earned a Healthcare Design Showcase Award of Merit, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Healthcare design awards announced

Awards chronicle the industry's pursuit to define, design and create the ideal healing environment


Hospital patients benefit from new rooms, healthcare exec says

Princeton HealthCare System CEO says redesigned rooms led to 30 percent reduction in the use of pain medication


Balancing care with efficiency

Operational analysis and digital modeling help visualize both the design and operational variables


Hospital expansion goes with copper piping

Copper tubing is being installed for water service, HVAC and medical gas distribution at Nemours/A.I. DuPont Children's Hospital


Healthcare design benefits still depend on financial incentives

Thirty years after a seminal study on the healing benefits of healthcare design, a 'room with a view' is still news


Effective behavior health spaces more complex

Design trends include a focus on creating an environment that reflects situations patients will encounter when they leave the facility


Patient play helps shape hospital garden project

Children's National Medical Center plans dedicated outdoor rooftop healing garden


N.H. facilities get federal grants for renovations

Lamprey Health Care facility and Goodwin Community Health to receive $450,000 for improvements


S.C. hospital's new entrance facade part of $34M renovation

Georgetown Memorial Hospital has new exterior, patient rooms and cardiac catheterization lab


Converting retail spaces to healthcare

Heathcare Design website article describes four successful retail-to-healthcare conversions


Maintaining a facility's interior

White paper on Long-Term Living's website recommends taking a long-term view when it comes to door and wall protection


Bethesda hospital plans $230 million expansion

Suburban Hospital getting a 235,000-square-foot addition and a new parking garage


Kansas facility plans major re-construction, remodeling

St. Rose Ambulatory & Surgery Center to raze two buildings and remodel office building


Urgent care centers provide easy access, cost control

Massachusetts health system opening its second site in September and is planning two more in the region


Indiana University Health turning mansion into clinic

$2.2 million project will turn the Abshire Mansion in Goshen into Maple City Health Care Center's second clinic


Minnesota's Park Nicollet renovates Family Birth Center

Photo tour of 40,000-square-foot facility is posted on Healthcare Design website


Colorado hospitals adding $250M in facilities

Banner and UCHealth plan to spend more than a quarter-billion dollars on construction projects in Northern Colorado in the near future


Green thumbs enhancing menu at Thunder Bay hospitals

On-site food production called a simple way to generate revenue and put fresh food in the kitchens


San Francisco hospital to have seismic safety feature

San Francisco General Hospital will become the first hospital in the city to have a base-isolated foundation


Behavioral healthcare facility design is about patient dignity

One key is finding a balance between staff safety and the need for patients to feel in control of their healing experience, according to an article on the Behavioral Health website.


Flooring helps distinguish young adult cancer unit

Southampton General Hospital uses floor to create treatment and relaxation spaces


Fire station to add health facility

California town will incorporate healthcare facility within new fire station



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