Compliance Issues


When is a Patient Room a “Sleeping” Room?

June 8, 2016     Sheila F. Cahnman

Newly adopted codes require that new buildings must have an outside window or outside door in every sleeping room, with a sill height no higher than 36 inches above the floor. But what does this mean for short-stay units? 


All Is Well: Q+A With Perkins+Will’s Sharon Woodworth

May 2, 2016     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

The healthcare practice leader at Perkins+Will’s San Francisco office discusses the evolution of wellness and sustainable healthcare design, the need for outcome-based codes, and why we need to start think beyond buildings to create healthcare districts.


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.


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.


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. 


5 Ways Healthcare Design Must Change

January 26, 2015     Dennis Kaiser

Healthcare is evolving, with a heightened focus on greater efficiency and higher quality of care. This shift is requiring healthcare design to evolve, too. Here are five ways to rethink the way built environments are created and what they need to achieve.


Moving VA Healthcare Forward

West Haven campus, VA Connecticut Healthcare System.
December 30, 2014     Jim Bell
It’s been a tough year for the Department of Veterans Affairs when it comes to healthcare construction projects. And despite bad press for the beleaguered state of VA Connecticut Healthcare System’s West Haven, Conn., campus, progress is being made to provide a better care environment for the state’s veterans.

Eskenazi Hospital: One Year Later

November 26, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor

What design features are improving results and leading to better patient and staff satisfaction at one of the country’s largest public safety-net hospitals? During the Healthcare Design Conference, members of the design team took time to share what they’ve learned over the past 12 months.


EBD Theory Becomes Practice At WellStar Paulding Hospital

October 21, 2014     Sara O. Marberry
The new WellStar Paulding Hospital in Hiram, Ga., is steeped in evidence-based design to create a space that showcases healthcare’s proven best practices.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Healthcare Megaprojects: Challenges and Opportunities

June 3, 2014     Sheila F. Cahnman
In the second part of a two-part series on healthcare megaprojects, blogger Sheila Cahnman explores the inherent challenges of working overseas that are exacerbated by the scale of these projects. But with thoughtful planning and project management, plenty of opportunities still exist.

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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