Construction and Design - October 2015

Akron hospital mural mark 125th anniversary

Akron Children’s Hospital mural comprises nearly 10,000 individual works of art


Cancer center design trends address new treatment needs

New treatments must be supported by differently designed treatment and equipment rooms, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Will the new 'house call' effect facility planning

A 2012 showed an increase in positive outcomes for home healthcare patients compared to hospitalized patients, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Sustainable design in harsh environments

Smart design choices can create buildings and landscapes that work efficiently but also are resilient in extreme weather


Designing to meet Boomers' needs

Healthcare design professionals need to rely on knowledge-based design because a mature research and evidence-based design repository doesn’t yet exist, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Once-toxic N.Y. site to become healthcare facility

Radiology clinic in Brighton Beach was formerly a brownfield


Healthcare buildings play a role in the overall resilience of a community

Designers must create spaces that are part of a larger conversation on how cities are designed and the role healthcare buildings play in the larger plan, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Specifying emergency power in hospitals

Installations for hospitals must comply with NFPA 110 in conjunction with NFPA 70


Napa hospital recycles runoff

Queen of the Valley Medical Center waters its grounds with the condensation from its air-handling units


Selective system coordination in healthcare facilities

Electrical distribution systems require engineers to be diligent when designing them


Location options for patient restrooms bring own challenges

Patient restrooms can be located either along the interior wall (inboard) or the exterior wall (outboard)


Clemson researchers get grant to design safer, smarter hospital operating room

Team will design, develop and test various design and systems solutions and will implement these new ideas in surgical environments


ER redesign can help attract patients

Boston health system redesigns emergency departments to improve servicesand answer competition from urgent care centers


Healthcare facilities experiment with new restroom designs

One example is the growing use of prefabricated toilet rooms


Designing a pediatric waiting room

It is important to provide an orderly, clean and calm yet engaging environment


Becoming a green pioneer by (interior) design

The Dell Children's facility became the first project in the world to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) for Healthcare Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council


Designing surgical spaces to last

Surgery departments must be especially adaptable to accommodate fast advancements in medicine and technology, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Healthcare design gold standard now focuses on patients

Focus on evidence-based design helps reduce stress and support patient comfort with more homelike features, better lighting, and views of nature, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Behavioral healthcare facilities for kids evolving

Seattle Children's Hospital's Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine Unit was designed with the private patient bedrooms with accommodations for parents, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Design changes are improving clinical labs

Automated laboratory lines can streamline processes, boost productivity and reduce errors and cost


Floor-space use can enhance healthcare

Depending on how space is optimized, healthcare facilities can better direct the assets they have toward efficiency and expand on-site capabilities


Choosing an emergency power generator

Focus on disaster preparedness has driven advances in the generator marketplace


Southern California medical offices built to withstand wind

A 350-foot wall's undulating pattern is designed to slow down wind speeds as they reach campus and to shield patients and visitors from the gusts


Infusion suite includes art installation

Grinnell Regional Medical Center in Grinnell. Iowa, used the windows and suite walls as a canvas for a botanical art installation as part of a build-out project, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website



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