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Using Psychiatric Facility Design To Inspire Integrated Care Spaces

September 18, 2014     James M. Hunt
In order to answer the industry push to treat both general and psychiatric patients in one location, the proper physical environment to support integrated care is essential. In order to make these spaces safe—and attractive—for all, there’s plenty to learn from design solutions already being applied in psychiatric care settings.
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Bringing Daylight To Surgical Areas

September 12, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
A growing design strategy involves bringing more natural light into nontraditional areas, including surgical environments. Speakers at the 2014 Healthcare Design Conference share some effective design strategies and the lessons learned from international projects.
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Redundancy: The Key To Keeping The Power On At Your Data Center

August 26, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Designing specific protective measures into a data storage facility can help owners and operators avoid unplanned outages.
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Upgrading ORs Without Missing A Beat

July 29, 2014     Karan Hoffman
From MEP infrastructure to appropriate phasing, there are plenty of things to consider when undergoing an OR renovation.
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Designing Healthcare Environments To Prevent HAIs

July 23, 2014     Dan Swanson
Thoughtful approaches to building system design at the start of a project—including how those systems will be maintained over time—play a significant role in preventing healthcare-associated infections.
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Room To Upgrade With Technology

July 2, 2014     Jaques Black
Implementing new technologies into existing spaces has become a major factor in construction planning, bringing new challenges and complexities to projects.
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Patient Bathroom Designs Balance Style And Safety

June 25, 2014     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
Design directives inspiring today’s patient bathrooms put safety first but incorporate hospitality touches, too, leaving designers with plenty of options to consider and pursue.
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Giving Facility Managers A Seat At The Healthcare Design Table

June 18, 2014     Robert Harris
An insider offers an impassioned plea to involve facility managers in the design and construction process—and explains why it’s critical to long-term project success.
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Designing Abroad: How Sustainability Is Making An Impact In The Middle East

June 17, 2014     James Atkinson
In part one of a three-part guest blog series on international design challenges, HDR’s James Atkinson looks at how extreme climate, solar energy, and the desire for better healing environments are driving sustainable solutions overseas.
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Monitoring Utility Usage Can Save Owners Thousands

June 16, 2014     Richard McKown
A Web-based utility usage dashboard offers insights into performance and savings while it also serves as a troubleshooting tool.
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Dell Children’s Third Bed Tower: Project Breakdown

June 11, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Details on Dell Children’s new bed tower—opened May 2013—including costs, design team, and suppliers.
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Dell Children’s Pathway To Platinum

June 11, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The hospital’s new bed tower pushes its tradition of sustainable design forward in water and energy conservation and healthy materials sourcing.
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Using Technology To Aid Environmental Monitoring

May 22, 2014     Brian Yarborough
A mobile app helps Skanska monitor tolerances for pressure, noise levels, and air particulates during a NICU project for Tampa General Hospital.
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Reinventing The Simulation Center OR

May 16, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center partners with the Department of Defense to explore design possibilities in trauma care by building a simulation operating room with moving walls and flexible ceiling grids.
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Camp Pendleton Replacement Hospital Mirrors Military Traditions

April 25, 2014     Sara O. Marberry
Naval Hospital at Camp Pendleton, completed in November 2013, reflects the ideals of the patients it serves and raises the bar for military healthcare facility design.
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