Health care facilities are unique and have clearly defined characteristics based on the needs of the facility or population being served.
Be prepared to rethink the conventional wisdom about underfloor air systems in healthcare facilities. The UFAD scheme reduces energy consumption and allows the spaces to be reconfigured without dramatic renovation costs. Justin Maconochie How do you make a roomful of healthcare design and infection control experts utter a collective gasp?
The technology pencils out on the initial cost side, too. But when the upfront savings on mechanical system components less ductwork, smaller fans, etc. Corby expects to see more healthcare organizations give UFAD a closer look as they search for ways to create more flexible and adaptable outpatient spaces.
Look forward to heightened scrutiny of facility quality and operational performance. Using the tool, they score their facilities on everything from the quality of the furnishings to the distance a patient walks from the parking lot.
Justin Maconochie No other building sector is more keenly focused on the performance and continual assessment and improvement of its buildings than healthcare. This emphasis on quality will be further emphasized with the coming implementation of the Affordable Care Act, which is expected to place heavy pressure on healthcare providers to take a cleaver, not a surgical knife, to operating costs.
That means outpatient care centers will have to deliver more care—and higher-quality care—at less cost. You can expect greater scrutiny of the quality of your work, especially as it pertains to the efficiency, flexibility, and profitability—not to mention the patient experience—of outpatient facilities.
Is the reception area clearly visible immediately upon entering the building? Are there landscaped areas at or near the entry? How visible is the exterior signage from the primary access road?
How effective are the primary landmark elements in wayfinding? What is the quality of the furnishings? Kranzo says his team created the scorecard in an effort to develop facilities that are as balanced as possible across the multiple categories.
The prescriptive criteria were developed based on evaluations of three recently renovated ambulatory centers, and were used to inform the design of the new Holland facility. Most elements are scored using a plus-three, minus-three system, allowing for gradations and some interpretation.
That then feeds how we utilize our capital and budget on a given project. Abbott Construction GC —used tilt-up concrete for the shell of the structure. To deliver world-class facilities on constrained budgets, Building Teams are getting creative in the selection of materials, finishes, and construction methods.
The most startling of these was the use of tilt-up concrete construction for the shell of the structure—a construction method that is more popularly associated with big-box stores and warehouses than modern healthcare facilities.
That was the problem before the design team. To break up the box, the team varied roofline angles and introduced glass curtain wall, storefront windows, wood and metal accents, and vertical reveals in the concrete panels.
These are the kinds of low-cost, value-added solutions Building Teams are going to have to provide if they expect to succeed in the outpatient facility market.
To break up the massing of the tilt-up concrete box, the design team incorporated wood and metal accents and vertical reveals in the concrete panels. Exposed wood elements were also used in the interior of the Everett Clinic project to create a warm, modern design aesthetic.
Benjamin Benschneider A growing number of healthcare organizations are turning to so-called Lean principles as a means to increase efficiencies and reduce cost in their day-to-day operations.
The core tenets of Lean dictate that organizations identify and remove all waste in their products, services, and processes——everything from lengthy waiting times for patients, to excessive costs for supplies and equipment, to unnecessarily long walking distances for clinicians and staff.
Implementing Lean operations can involve mapping and evaluating thousands, if not hundreds of thousands, of processes for continual improvement. Because the design, construction, operation, and maintenance of facilities all play a major role in these Lean efforts, healthcare clients will be looking to their Building Teams to take part in their Lean efforts on new construction projects.
This requires a deeper level of team collaboration much earlier in the planning process than some AEC firms may be accustomed to. This may include facilitating integrated design events and building full-scale mockups to get input not only from your Building Team partners but also from patients, staff, and facility operations professionals.
And if the client is not fully committed to Lean, expect a rocky road, says Rossen.
Such an arrangement could be considered a violation of EBD principles. To solve this conundrum, the Building Team on the Smokey Point Medical Center specified integrated systems furniture with a mix of demountable partitions and tables and chairs that makes it easy to reconfigure exam room spaces.
The same approach was applied in the main lobby, where the front desk and check-in areas use demountable partitions and systems furniture instead of permanent construction.HCS Week 1 Individual Assignment Facility Planning - Part I HCS Week 2 Discussion Question 1 HCS Week 2 Discussion Question 2 or an OB unit; a family clinic, an outpatient clinic, or a long-term care facility.
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Question HCS Week 4 Team Assignment Facility Planning Part III. Read the following information: Health care facilities are unique and have clearly defined characteristics based on the needs of the facility or population being served.