Construction and Design

Top healthcare facility renovation pain points

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


Spending on energy efficiency means improving patient care

Running a hospital means taking the reins on your energy output by making smart energy-saving investments


White paper explores how flooring impacts patient care

Noise levels can affect healing, reduce efficiency


Designing for specific behavioral patient populations

Experts say behavioral facilities' design doesn’t have to be hampered by the need for safety, according to an article on the Behavioral Healthcare Executive website


Emergency power system gives hospital reliability, redundancy and flexibility

Ensures seamless delivery of normal and emergency power to all loads


San Juan VA getting post-hurricane infrastructure upgrades

The project expected to lead to more than $1 million in annual energy savings


Healthcare fixtures designed for cutting costs, infections

Healthcare facilities need to cater to this changing demographic in all areas of their operations, including restroom design and construction


Cancer center uses clerestory windows to add light into interior spaces

The 52,000-square-foot Valley Health Cancer Center at Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, Va., features a range of natural elements, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Empathetic design is gaining prominence

Empathetic design is a way for designers to truly see and experience the healthcare environment as patients see and experience it, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Benchmarking helps boost energy efficiency in hospitals

Free tool allows facilities to track and compare their energy usage


Promote healing and create energy-efficient environments with modern lighting design and controls

Healthcare facilities can employ advanced lighting design strategies to improve patient and visitor comfort


Energy retrofit project brings cost savings without patient disruption

The $5.5 million project is calculated to pay for itself in just under three years


Center for Health Design offers database on building environment outcomes

The Knowledge Repository includes almost 4,000 citations that connect the built environment to outcomes in healthcare and related spaces, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Interior design choices can support infection prevention

Style must be balanced with ease of cleaning


Patient satisfaction, market needs drive healthcare renovation trends

At the end of 2017, more than 15,000 healthcare construction projects were underway in the United States


Dust protection for healthcare facility construction

The CDC requires an Infection Control Risk Assessment before any construction, renovation or repair project


Flooring adds to welcoming atmosphere at healthcare facility for homeless

The complexities of medical center waste create issues for facility managers


Florida children's hospital named 'Most Beautiful'

Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida was recently recognized for its design


Three ways waiting room design can transform the patient experience

Facility professionals today can focus on some key areas to improve the waiting room for patients and their families, and in turn help transform the overall patient experience.


Ergonomic flooring installation ideal remedy for UW Health new neuro intensive care unit

Health system addresses noise, fall risk with upgrade


Smart purchasing to improve air quality

Being aware of non-PVC options should be a priority for planners and purchasers as they design and gather equipment and supplies for projects


How a facility's exterior affects HVAC energy efficiency

Roofs, walls, windows can be designed to reduce demand on HVAC.


Design trends transform behavioral healthcare

Circadian lighting, calming materials are used to improve patient experience


Mississippi hospital transitions from historic to modern

Baptist Memorial Hospital – North Mississippi features ribbon windows with metallic finishes married with the traditional colors of brick and stone, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Patient experience informing hospital design trends

Features like motorized shades and acoustic panels cater to patient comfort


Brooklyn gets $210 million to renovate overcrowded hospitals

Crown Heights, Bed-Stuy, Flatbush and East New York get new facilities and equipment


Brooklyn Health Center designed to be service-oriented

Trades Council facility design supports care that mirrors commercial healthcare facilities, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Be smart about the surfaces in healthcare

Smooth surfaces restrict cracks and crevices and help prevent the spread of harmful bacteria through cross contamination


Designing to bring primary, behavioral care together

Healthcare organizations around the country are beginning to integrate behavioral health and primary care services in a single setting, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Chattanooga hospital brings playground inside

Erlanger Children's Hospital Outpatient Center installs trucks for children to explore


Flooring can solve acoustic challenges in senior living

Patients being pushed on wheelchairs, linen and food carts and refuse containers can create noise pollution


Research, evidence key to building safer, more welcoming hospitals

A recent study of the design of operating rooms reveals how research-informed design can improve safety and performance


Mosaics for morale: Colorful murals designed to brighten healthcare facilities

Mosaics can differentiate a healthcare space and its unique characteristics from competing hospitals, while bringing a positive energy to traditionally stressful environments


Pre-op and post-op design can affect care

Research offers insight into how these environments can either support or hinder nursing work and care team interactions, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Ambulatory care exam room design can support better outcomes

Exam room layouts have evolved into strategic components of the delivery of care, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website.


Interior strategies for sustainable healthcare facilities

Facility managers should consider toxicity of materials and cleaning agents in interiors product selection


Healthcare building and design trends suggest industry growth

A survey by Medical Construction & Design suggests the growth will be primarily renovations


Patient room design can affect stress

A 2017 article by Andrade and colleagues offers findings that suggest how design elements may reduce patient stress, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


N.Y. hospital finishes renovation

Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center expansion includes new first-floor Stroke & Brain Aneurysm Center, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Traits, insights and tips: A hospital flooring guide

Choosing the right flooring for a hospital floor plan can be a daunting task. Here, we'll uncover some traits, insights, and tips to ease the challenge.


Design and technology can improve ED patient flow

Technologies include patient tracking boards, registration kiosks and real-time patient locating systems


Where design meets delivery of individualized, compassionate children’s mental healthcare

Women veterans in the healthcare system are the largest growing demographic


Texas healthcare facility builds senior-oriented ER

Valley Baptist Medical Center-Brownsville designs ER to address mobility challenges


Healthcare facility renovation addresses patient experience

Boston's Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center added sconce lighting, warm wooden floors, and natural color palettes, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Harvard Medical School to disperse portraits of past white male department chairs

The move is designed to put the organization's focus on diversity


Check out this special supplement to Healthcare Facilities Today

Supplement includes stories on renovation projects and sound masking techniques


How to keep a facility running during expansion and / or renovation

By mixing creative choreography with ground rules, goals and expectations, owners and construction firms can make these hard jobs a little easier


How to design and build what’s needed to meet organizational goals and strategies

It’s all about scoping the right concept before getting too far down the facility planning phase


Hospital expansion adds functionality to patient-centric design

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford project was inspired by the existing structure but designed for 21st-century medicine, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


Australia's largest hospital solar power system planned

The Port Macquarie Base Hospital is installing the largest rooftop solar panel system on a healthcare facility


Justifying designing for the patient experience

Designing unique patient experiences has become a top strategic priority for many healthcare institutions, according to an article on the Healthcare Design website


N.Y.C. hospital stresses technology in new facility

New York City’s NYU Langone Health designed from the ground up to integrate the latest in healthcare information technology



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