Construction and Design - November 2016

Designing healthcare facilities with virtual reality

Many construction companies use virtual reality as a way to let healthcare clinicians immerse themselves in a true-to-size simulation of a new built environment


Waiting room design consideration

Healthcare facilities are moving away from institutional settings to aesthetically pleasing spaces with amenities and multiple seating types to appeal to various preferences, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Partnership seeks perfect nursing station design

The University of Kentucky joined the University of Kentucky Medical Center in Lexington to add to the body of research on nursing station design, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


New short-term rehab facility opens near Dayton

New 42,000-square-foot healthcare facility in Hamilton has a price tag of $13 million


Transitioning from a centralized to a decentralized model

Move can cause mixed emotions among users of the space, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Designing for caregivers

Designing healthcare facilities with anything from opportunities for exercise to quiet places to work can influence how patient care is delivered, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Case study looks at hospital noise reduction with flexible curtain track

An article in the Boston Globe on noise in hospitals reported that noise levels have doubled since the 1960s.


Trends in clinic design

One factor shaping clinic projects is the consult room, as providers recognize that oftentimes clinic visits don’t require an exam, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Palliative and hospice facilities' calming environments focus on patients and families

Healing spaces are aesthetically designed to help patients and family members cope


Access to outdoors key in skilled nursing facilities

Fresh air, exercise, stimulation and exposure to natural light are all reasons to design outdoor access into a healthcare facility, according to an article on the Environments for Aging website


Design of nurses' spaces critical to patient safety

ProMedica studied conditions in its existing medical/surgical and intensive care units to inform design decisions for its new tower, according to an article on the Heathcare Design website


Weighing in on FGI guidelines

The public comment period for the latest draft of the Facility Guidelines Institute’s Guidelines for Design and Construction is open now through Dec. 12, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Hospitals' design stressing hospitality

Top managers from the hospitality industry have been recruited by healthcare facilities


Improving the patient experience through thoughtful design

A new Chicago dermatology practice goes beyond the surface of its urban structure


Healthcare facility design can help build healthy communities

Healthy behavior may be influenced at the population level by changing the environment


Living wall inspires heart health

Two-sided green wall welcomes patients and staff at the Spectrum Health Medical Group Heart and Vascular Center in Grand Rapids, Mich.


Manhattan medical school project cures chronic gloominess

The Roy and Diana Vagelos Education Center at the Columbia University Medical Center opened to students in mid-August



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