Architectural Design Ideas

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All Is Well: Hospital Staff Step And Retreat

April 29, 2016     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis

The Children’s Hospital Colorado South Campus features a glass stair tower for employee use, with striking views and areas for respite that inspire taking steps instead of waiting for the elevator. 

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FIRST LOOK: Sentara Norfolk General Hospital

April 28, 2016     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis

See a sneak peek of a 374,000-square-foot, three-story addition to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital in Norfolk, Va. 

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All Is Well: Designed For Living

April 28, 2016     Peter G. Smith and Jennifer Stukenberg, BWBR

The vision for Mayo Clinic’s Dan Abraham Healthy Living Center in Rochester, Minn., is a destination for personal well-being, reflection, and exploration. 

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Designing Healthcare Spaces To Support Healthy Lifestyles

April 21, 2016     Deborah Smith

The healthcare built environment is evolving from a place where sickness is treated to a place where health is promoted and wellness is maintained. The solutions being brought to the table by the design community to support that initiative are plentiful, and this latest blog from the AIA-AAH outlines a few worth considering.  

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Design That Meets Ebola At The Door

April 19, 2016     Gerard Georges

A facilities assessment project in West Africa to identify deficiencies and opportunities for treating Ebola patients yielded a triage prototype that can be used anywhere.

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A Rural Healthcare Roadmap

April 12, 2016     Kirsten Staloch

Critical access hospitals and other remote healthcare sites face unique challenges and provider goals, calling for healthcare spaces that support those needs. A recent research study identifies some proven paths for design.

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FIRST LOOK: Washington Adventist Hospital

April 7, 2016     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis

See a sneak peek of the new Washington Adventist Hospital opening in Silver Spring, Md., in summer 2019. 

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Historic Renovation Offers Lessons In Adaptive Reuse

April 7, 2016     Steve Wiser

A landmark building offered the ideal site for a Louisville, Ky., nonprofit healthcare provider, but retrofitting the 80-year-old space to support modern care delivery was a historic challenge.

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New Terrain: Designing Outdoor Rehab Spaces

April 1, 2016     Brenna Costello

Rehabilitation patients are often challenged by what were once routine movements, such as traversing an incline or stepping up onto a curve. To help ease their transition from hospital to home, facilities are designing terrain parks and agility courses that challenge and help patients regain independence. 

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Rehabilitation Care: Preparing For The Future

March 31, 2016     Sharon Schnall

Rehabilitation treatment is a growing healthcare sector, with several market conditions— from baby boomers’ needs to fitness trends to the Affordable Care Act—shaping the facilities of today and tomorrow. 

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The Intersection Of Healthcare And Politics

March 30, 2016     Christine Guzzo Vickery

Healthcare and politics have long been intertwined. Lessons learned from how government interventions affected care delivery in the past can help designers anticipate how best to create clinical care environments that respond to this current wave of reform. 

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Creating Short-Stay Environments For The Chronically Ill

March 23, 2016     Sheila F. Cahnman

Health systems are starting to dip their toes in a new model of care that concentrates on patients who require significant clinical management and provides an alternative to inpatient or emergency settings. The move calls for a potentially unique healthcare environment, and a project in-progress offers an example of what might be done. 

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The Home Stretch: Designing Rehab Centers

March 18, 2016     Sharon Schnall

Well-designed rehabilitation centers provide responsive environments to patients over both short- and long-term stays, re-creating independent living as much as possible to help ease the transition back home.

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PHOTO TOUR: Cedimat Cardiovascular Center

March 10, 2016     posted by Kristin D. Zeit

Take a visual walk through the Cedimat Cardiovascular Center in the Dominican Republic, opened in November 2015.

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Union Village: Engaging A City

March 10, 2016     George Vangelatos

As the IPD team behind the massive, in-progress Union Village health village in Henderson, Nev., proceeds with the project, one of its architects sheds light on ways the local community is being involved in the design and construction process and the rewards that come from making the effort. 

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