Construction and Design - February 2016

Healthcare facilities use green initiatives to curb effects of pollution on health

Hospitals are using cleaning fluids and chemicals that safely eliminate pathogens


Height-adjustable bathroom fixtures can make life easier for people with mobility challenges

Fixtures have been designed to allow quick and easy height and position adjustability


Privacy by design in behavioral health facilities

The need for privacy remains integral to a patient’s experience as more outpatient facilities include behavioral health


Palo Alto Medical Foundation recognized for interior design

San Carlos, Calif., facility was honored at the 37th Annual Interiors Awards


Surveying patients on healthcare facility designs

A design team surveyed cancer survivors about their experience with treatment and the environment in which they receive care, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Art in healthcare facilities can help wayfinding, branding

Artwork in hospitals has been linked to better pain control and reduced anxiety


Designing ambulatory spaces for staff interaction

Healthcare organizations are shifting their care to team-based ambulatory models


Hospital creates interactive journey for young patients

Juliana Children’s Hospital in The Netherlands installed an interactive journey using projections, hands-on objects, and 43,055 square feet of graphic wall coverings, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Designing for short-stay patients

It’s not cost-effective to build full acuity-adaptable inpatient rooms for short-stay patients, but for those staying more than 12 hours or overnight, spaces should go beyond the traditional observation unit, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


How design can streamline doctor visits

Design features can help to speed up doctor visits, increasing office productivity and patient satisfaction, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Nurses offer insights into healthcare design

Book by the Nursing Institute for Healthcare Design and Herman Miller Healthcare includes nurses' perspectives


Healthcare facility design can boost the spirit of wellness

New designs should boost worker performance, productivity and patient satisfaction


Evolving healthcare market has specific flooring needs

Needs are driven in part by prevention of slips and falls and infection resistance


Exam room design trends to watch

The exam room is becoming the central location for care delivery—from standard exams to specialized procedures, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website



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