Construction and Design - October 2016

New healthcare facility chapel designs expanding role of worship spaces

Chapels in healthcare facilities are transforming into more than places of worship, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Solar power will cut energy costs at Conn. hospital

Saint Francis Hospital will buy solar power at reduced rates


University wins grant to study how hospital room design impacts patient safety

An environmental design researcher at Texas Tech won a second grant to continue looking at how layout can help patients avoid falls


Wisconsin cancer center focuses on comfort of patients, families and staff

All Saints Cancer Center in Racine is twice the size of the facility it replaced


Design elements can engage senior patients

Elderly patients can have visual, audio and tactile needs


Vegetated roof gives hospital and patients a healing oasis

The vegetated roof, the largest in Ohio, spans 2.5 acres and features more than 65,000 plants, all native to Ohio


'Placemaking' with healthcare design

When healthcare design is done thoughtfully, the concepts of placemaking are innately incorporated into the process, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


New skilled nursing facilities have to be built for change

New skilled nursing facilities must be flexible aesthetically in the short- and long-term, according to an article on the Environments for Aging website


Expansion solves some of security hospital's issues

But staff says a lot of work still remains in terms of improving safety


Akron healthcare facility 'sips' energy

Akron Children’s Hospital Kay Jewelers Pavilion saves millions in energy use


Best healthcare facility design comes from asking the right questions

Designers of the buildings that shape the nation’s future health have a responsibility to get the questions right, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


California children’s healthcare facility includes motion and sports performance lab

The Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Services was designed with a vibrant color and material palette to alleviate anxiety, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Healthcare facilities designed to serve those with autism spectrum disorder

A greater understanding of the requirements of this growing patient demographic is needed


Simulation centers adopt student-centric design

Team-based learning and early, integrated clinical exposure responds to medical advancements


Pre-fab bathroom pods deliver luxury to go

The Christ Hospital Joint and Spine Center plugged in high-end modular bathrooms as part of its tight construction schedule


Hawaiian clinics prepare to meet increased needs

Healthcare facilities on Hawaii Island eyeing expansion


Advice for designing a healthcare experience

A healthcare designer discussed remaking the healthcare environment and experience


Inpatient unit design evolves

When Cooper University Hospital’s Roberts Pavilion in Camden, N.J., built out two shell floors, a combination of centralized and decentralized units was employed, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Conn. healthcare facility renovation focuses on patient-centered care

Griffin Hospital followed the Planetree model, emphasizing comfort



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