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Construction has begun on Brigham Building for the Future at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston.
Some of the benefits facility managers see in installing hand dryers include financial savings, green and sustainable capabilities, and improved hygiene.
While durability and infection control are still vital considerations, aesthetics has become more important as healthcare facilities seek warmer, more inviting looks for floors.
No matter the equipment in question, facility managers can deliver a successful rental project by ensuring the rental agreement is clear, comprehensive and effective.
The Center for Health Design Research Coalition has developed a checklist to indicate what managers should be looking for in flooring options and areas for further research.
As the sustainability movement continues to flourish, more custodial managers are demanding environmentally friendly products to satisfy in-house green initiatives, as well as earn credits toward LEED certification.
Choosing a roof coating best suited to a facility's local climate can be the difference between a failed application and one that delivers energy savings and prolongs a roof's performance life.
"Do no harm" may be the mantra of the medical community, but increasingly, it's the charge of facility managers as well. That is especially true when it comes to choosing building products.
The typical decor of a children's hospital, featuring lots of bright colors and geometric shapes, is rapidly becoming a thing of the past.
The annual reader survey from Housekeeping Solutions is now available, and this year's results offer insight into management priorities, budgets, green and sustainability practices, and more.
The Joint Commission June 19 announced its decision process for certification programs will now have only two outcomes: Certified or Not Certified. This change takes effect immediately.
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A new generation of technology-driven wayfinding tools is being used by hospitals nationwide to help guide visitors to their destinations while contributing to a more enjoyable hospital visit.
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RFID in Health Care conference and exhibition, presented by RFID Journal, will be held Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C.
While the type of cooling tower installed and its operating environment determine the issues facility managers must address to keep the tower operating efficiently, managers also need to consider a number of common issues most tower operations face.
Any green interior renovation or design project is going to face a number of challenges ranging from cost to sustainability requirements. Facility managers play a vital role in implementing the strategies that drive successful projects.
For decades, the facility manager and engineer considered water to be just there when needed. This has been changing, and it may be time to give facility managers the option to earn a professional water certification by learning how to be more efficient.
Healthcare Facilities Today will host a free webcast June 25 at 1 p.m. Eastern on how to prepare for a surprise inspection in a healthcare facility.
The number of retail health clinics in the U.S. is projected to double in the next three years due to the increasing demand of newly insured patients under the Affordable Care Act, according to a new report.
The task of keeping drains, piping and plumbing systems open and flowing in institutional and commercial facilities is challenging and unending.
As more tools adopt COBie, it is important that facility management, architecture, engineering, and construction teams have processes in place to effectively use the tools available.
The one-hour session, "A Healthy Infrastructure: Intelligent Enterprise Solutions for the Healthcare Environment" will be broadcast June 26 at 2 p.m. Eastern.
New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he wants hospital construction in flood-prone areas to meet new standards for extreme weather.
As the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission prepare to adopt the 2012 Life Safety Code, the effects on facility managers in healthcare facilities will me minimal, and at any rate positive, according to a presenter at the NFPA Conference and Expo.
The Healthcare Design Education Day series of events, hosted by the producers of the Healthcare Design Conference, continues in June with a full day of free webinars dedicated to interior design in healthcare facilities.
The center occupies 60,000 square feet on the lower two floors of a new six-story, 176,000-square-foot building on the hospital's campus.
The producers of the Healthcare Design Conference will hold the inaugural Healthcare Design Academy Aug. 8 - 9 at the Anatole Hotel in Dallas.
Many facility managers focus on the technical systems involved in fire and life safety preparation, but understanding how building occupants are likely to behave in an emergency, and taking steps to ensure that their actions help, rather than hinder, everyone's safety also is critical.
Professionals in the facilities design industry already have begun to reshape how healthcare buildings are designed, constructed and operated with the needs of baby boomers in mind.
A thorough, knowledge-based analysis from the outset is vital to the selection of a new critical facility site, as critical facilities need to be sufficiently robust to remain in operation and survive under stress, whether caused by natural or human agents.
Regard, a new customizable furniture system from Nurture by Steelcase, is comprised of approximately 150 separate components and integrates modular seating, casegood elements, space division, power and tables.
Performing a roof-condition assessment can be beneficial when deciding whether to install a new roof or repair an existing roof.
Hurricane Sandy, the second costliest hurricane in U.S. history, is a lesson in how the best-laid contingency plans can be shredded in no time when an extreme weather event hits.
When the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs embarked on construction of its first new facility in nearly 20 years, VA facilities professionals and architects worked together to create a facility that updated the agency's established criteria for hospital design to suit contemporary needs.
Due to recent disasters such as Hurricane Sandy, it may be time for healthcare facilities to take a look at existing disaster readiness plans and see where gaps and loopholes might exist.
Increasingly, managers are seeking ways to take advantage of emerging technology tools to enhance the power of their computerized maintenance management systems.
Flooring installation failures are an increasing problem that can be costly and time-consuming, but there are actions facility managers can take to ensure proper installation.
When evaluating patient space for upgrades a number of key factors come into play to make the marriage of efficiency, aesthetics, comfort and patient safety work successfully.
Pushing the envelope further on building product content transparency, the International Living Future Institute is rolling out a product labeling program on social justice and equity issues.
Because water system upgrades are typically expensive, the payback for performing them needs to make financial sense.
As the healthcare industry constructs, remodels and repurposes aging facilities for a new era of health services delivery, the symbiotic relationship between all areas of the healthcare profession come into play.
Extensive unanticipated facility repairs continue at Long Beach Medical Center, which closed after Hurricane Sandy flooded it in October.
The American Society for Healthcare Engineering (ASHE) is increasing its efforts to promote facility commissioning to its members as a way to get leaner and more efficient buildings.
The SEMCO IQHC (high capacity) Series of active chilled beams' cooling capacity has been increased by 50 percent over previous models, while dropping pump and fan horsepower needs.
From hand hygiene solutions to appropriate specified surfaces that block pathogen transmission, healthcare interiors make up a complex part of the infection control puzzle.
Moving cautiously is important when facing the potential costs and disruption associated with a chiller replacement, but there are other factors that must be taken into consideration.
While carpet extraction might seem like a straightforward process, doing it improperly can actually make the carpet dirtier faster.
A system that uses open or standard protocols gives facility managers the flexibility to use products from different manufacturers, but no single protocol is the best for every application, experts say.
As healthcare facilities professionals seek to boost overall efficiencies in operations while facing tight budgets, lighting is one area that can be tapped for definitive savings, thanks to new technologies such as LEDs.
A floor matting standard from the American National Standards Institute and National Floor Safety Institute provides guidance on floor mat selection, installation, and care and maintenance.