Construction and Design - February 2017

Healthcare designers take a holistic approach

New research suggests many clinical design norms are hard on patients


Facility design can support autism treatment

Environments should be respectful, flexible and soothing. They should balance safety and regulatory concerns, according to an article on the Behavioral Healthcare Executive website


Pa. hospital installs lightweight storm water management system

The hospital switched from using a concrete stormwater pipe system to plastic storm water chambers


A biomedical engineer’s role in a healthcare facility

Like any engineer, a biomedical engineer is primarily concerned with solving problems


Technology plays role in rural facility design

Engineers use laser technology to design 30-bed community clinic


Decentralized nursing units may hurt collaboration

Decentralized nursing unit put nurses closer to the patients and can eliminate visibility issues


Healthcare facilities facing critical need for ICUs

From academic medical centers to regional community hospitals, the need is being driven by a larger patient population — including seniors — ending up in the ICU as people live longer and treatment improves, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Some healthcare facilities making their ICUs more family-friendly

Accommodating family can lead to better outcomes


Top healthcare facility renovation pain points

The project timeline must be carefully managed to avoid disruptions in patient care


Pediatric behavioral health facilities balance dignity, safety

The ideal environment also considers how family members feel when they walk through the front door


Healthcare design can transform care

Buildings must enable and support a healthcare provider's response to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates for safety, superior quality and lower costs


Project Wellness blends fitness, medical care, wellness

The project also creates space for Winter Park Health Foundation to collaborate with other not-for-profits and groups to promote community health


Infusion center uses design to create calming environment

The design has dark wood-grain floors, walls painted in soft, neutral hues and Buddhist images throughout


Healthcare design heals with help from nature

One constant that runs through best designs is green space


Trends affecting behavioral healthcare design

Design can help reduce stigma and address the needs of patients’ physical and mental well-being, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Free infographic on healthcare facility floor plans available

Downloadable graphic breaks down the traits of a successful hospital flooring plan


Designing for team-based healthcare

Care teamwork areas feature collaborative space with ample natural light and provide separation from the exam areas


Panelboard bonding in patient care vicinities

Most healthcare facilities are served by multiple branches of power, and the Code is pretty clear regarding what branch and how many sources of each branch are required (or allowed) in patient care areas.


Cape Cod facility renovates for aging population

Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital Cape Cod prepares for increase in demand for outpatient services



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