Construction and Design - April 2015

Healthcare interiors serving needs in changing ways

Healthcare interiors are serving patient, family, and staff needs in a way that would be unrecognizable to recently past generations, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Designing for behavioral health facilities

The next big opportunity to improve mental health care delivery lies within designers' hands


Healthcare facility flooring options

Options include first adhesive free flooring and designs that mimic our internal clockwork


Healthcare facilities embracing lighting that inspires comfort and confidence

Lighting can be an essential design element influencing the staff, patient and visitor's perception of the hospital experience


Designing maternity facilities for millennials

Facilities may need to accommodate natural birth options such as midwife deliveries, doulas, acupuncture, water births, and offering tools such as birthing balls or ropes


Door hardware specifications for healthcare facilities

Healthcare facilities have unique door opening applications and specific door hardware requirements


Designing patient- and technology-friendly clinical spaces

Nurse and design consultant says efficient, safe spaces must accommodate new technology, the human touch


Study suggests 'soft' floors reduce falls

A Swedish study recently published in Injury Prevention looked at the effect impact-absorbing flooring had on minimizing injuries from falls, according to an article on the Long-Term Living magazine


Seattle children's hospital emphasizes a life-affirming attitude

Hospital's new 34,000-square-foot psychiatry and behavioral medicine unit emphasizes a life-affirming attitude with patient and staff safety elements built into the design, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Healthcare flooring affects patient well-being

A large but often forgotten part of this 'good design' equation is flooring


Research in the healthcare design process

High-quality research should be interwoven throughout the design process, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Study: Impact-absorbent flooring curbs injuries

Flooring shown to help prevent injuries from falls inside nursing homes


Australian hospital designed as healing tree

Lady Cilento Children's Hospital's design was based on the concept of a 'living tree' for the layout and wayfinding, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Health systems redesign facilities to meet goals

Projects are creating operational efficiencies, patient satisfaction


Design considerations for biocontainment patient care units

Nebraska Medical Center's biocontainment patient care unit is the largest, and provides the best case study in facilities of this type


Healthcare facilities investing in resilient design

Resilient design protects buildings, systems from natural disastersg


Senior facility design scaling down

Smaller, more homelike and personalized environments that reflect and support the residents are being designed, according to an article on the Environments for Aging


Long-term facilities reinventing rehab

More facilities are looking at ways to add it to their portfolio of services


Designing for needs of cancer patients

Interiors throughout common, treatment, patient services and staff areas should focus on patients' needs


Boston Children's Hospital renovating dining space

The $11 million project includes a new focus on fresh ingredients, antibiotic-free meats and cooking classes for children and adults


Understanding aging key to designing senior facilities

Connecticut hospital's uses design solutions for lighting, acoustics, and signage to better support its older patients, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Designing experiences into senior facilities

Planning a successful facility includes an emphasis not just on built spaces, but on creating ageless consumer experiences, according to an article on the Environments for Aging website


Private resident rooms not trending in senior living

While there are supporters of the single resident room model in senior living, but in terms of code minimum, there is no mandate yet, according to an article on Environments for Aging website


Lobby terrarium design solved contamination issues

The focal point of the Rush University Medical Center's Edward A. Brennan Entry Pavilion is a three-story, open-air terrarium, which introduces an exterior landscaped space into the interior


New Orleans children's hospital proposes $250 million expansion

Historic 184,388-square-foot Marine Hospital is at the center of a plan to expand Children's Hospital


Designing retail clinics

The evolution of healthcare delivery is calling for retailers to rethink their spaces, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website



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