In a recentblog post, Jennifer Kovacs, Managing Editor of
HEALTHCARE DESIGN magazine, talked about our recent visit to University Hospitals' new Ahuja Medical Center in Beachwood, Ohio. The trip really was a privilege as it gave the editorial team a chance to see a building as it receives its final touches—from décor to equipment installation to staff move-in.

As much as we enjoy looking at the multitude of glossy images of beautiful healthcare interiors or impressive hospital designs that cross our desks each week, there is nothing that quite compares to being able to actually stand inside the structure and realize the work and dedication of integrated teams that have brought the building to this point.

To be able to see the color of artwork and walls, observe the set-up of patient rooms and waiting areas, experience the effect of daylighting, touch fabrics and textures, notice the effectiveness of sound-proofing as construction workers go about their work, and feel the calmness of the surroundings aided by unobtrusive wayfinding, is something that helps us greatly in envisioning the interior design and building process.

The benefits of visiting a site are countless as it provides us with a rare opportunity to "get it."

So again, thank you to
Gilbane for inviting the
HEALTHCARE DESIGN magazine team to what we felt was a pretty neat experience.