Construction and Design - July 2015

Seattle Circuit City reborn as children's clinic

High retail vacancies are generating new opportunities for healthcare tenants


Design born from NICU challenge still adding improvements

The Institute for Patient-Centered Design's 2013 design competition set out to advance neonatal intensive care unit design, and results are still evolving, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website.


Washington hospital installs 'hyper-efficient' HVAC system

Whidbey General Hospital's variable refrigerant flow systems save energy and use less ductwork than traditional systems


Getting the best performance from a healthcare facility

Not all of today's high-performance healthcare designs end up living up to their promised performance


Fire and life safety in healthcare facilities

Four key findings on hospital and healthcare facility projects.


International projects come with lessons for U.S. healthcare interior designers

International projects often focus on the importance of family


Bouncing back after a natural disaster

After Sandy, Manhattan VA Medical Center has recovered and ultimately better prepared itself for future natural disasters


Tapping retail design ideas for healthcare

Good design attracts consumers and influences behavior


Columbus hospitals focusing on ER care for elderly

Nurses, social workers, case managers, therapists and geriatricians are working more closely in the emergency department to make sure the needs of older adults are being met


Visualization tools offering more options for healthcare designers

Rapid advancements in technology and software mean these tools come with even more options, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Florida hospital uses art to help patients heal

Volunteers are creating works of art to be displayed throughout hospitals with Lee Memorial Health System


Healthcare facilities' ground fault protection

Healthcare design starts to add on additional requirements beyond other types of construction


Designing for a diverse healthcare workforce

A multigenerational staff has a range of needs, working styles and priorities


Design challenge seeks new pediatric oncology, behavioral health options

Institute for Patient-Centered Design challenges designers and healthcare providers to collaborate on ideas for better healthcare spaces, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Hospital recycles trees on property to benefit community

Camphor laurel trees were removed from Australia's Nambour General Hospital's new staff and visitor garden


Hospices install comforting gardens

Facilities around the country are creating hospice gardens to bring patients closer to nature, according to an article on the Environments for Aging website


Senior facilities evolving with baby boomers

One of the few constant ideas for new senior facilities is the desire for a higher level of human dignity. The heart of the environment is no longer a hospital but rather a place that has the comforts of home, according to an article on the Environments for Aging website


Nurses' station design caught between therapy and safety

Best practices for nurses' station design often revolve around whether the station should be open or enclosed, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Mural is centerpiece of comfort-focused design

The lobby greets patients and visitors with an 80-foot mural depicting natural landscapes lining the curved walls.


Patient room standardization urged

Patient rooms that are designed for specific populations are at risk of being obsolete almost as soon as they're built, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website



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