Construction and Design - March 2018

Behavioral health is being integrated into primary care settings

Designers are optimizing built environments where clinicians can easily collaborate in a single space, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Lighting can affect patient care

Light can play a role in improving health outcomes for patients and providing healthy work environments


University Hospitals faces lawsuits over lost embryos

The temperature in a liquid nitrogen freezer at the UH Fertility Center unexpectedly rose


Modernizing the operating room

The productivity of surgery space can be enhanced by capturing and repurposing it, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Biophilic design becoming more common in healthcare facilities

'Biophilia,' refers to the urge to affiliate with other forms of life


Drone has eyes on hospital project

Illinois healthcare facility uses drone to help manage 65-acre construction site


Four ways accommodating furniture is making society more inclusive

Providing an accommodating dining experience for those in wheelchairs can be done with adjustable tables


The American Center in Madison earns LEED Gold

The American Center as one of 17 buildings in the world and one of 10 in the U.S. that have gold-level certification in healthcare.


Report explores healthcare wayfinding best practices

Report explores the people, processes and tools that large medical facilities have implemented to manage their wayfinding systems


Factors to consider with a transformer replacement

A few tips can ensure a quick return to service


Calif. healthcare facility could lose beds if not earthquake compliant by 2030

More than one-third of the acute care hospital beds are in older buildings that will not be able to contain those beds unless they are upgraded by that date


Amarillo VA renovating to improve care quality

The new construction will allow each veteran to get their own room and private restroom


Psychiatric stabilization unit designed to maximize limited light

The Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Stabilization Unit's space was configured with only one exterior window to bring in natural daylight, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website.


Center for Health Design launches behavioral and mental health toolbox

Resource included insights, case studies, research data, strategies and tools


Designing for active senior patients

A healing environment that keeps seniors healthy during hospitalization incorporates spaces that give the patient a reason to get out of bed, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Calif. children’s hospital mixes technology, nature and playtime

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford was designed to create a nurturing and healing environment


Designing healthcare facilities to curb violence

If nothing else, EDs should be designed in such a way that security staff can cordon off the entrance and access to the rest of the facility


Vancouver healthcare facility designs healing environment with colorful graphics

The use of 'regional cues' help provide context for children staying for extended periods


Specialty care center chooses surface materials to elevate patient experience

The surfacing materials chosen needed to be able to withstand serious wear and tear



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