Architecture

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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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Staff Support: Designing Optimal Healthcare Work Environments

July 21, 2014     Barbara Horwitz-Bennett
From supportive staff workspaces to on-site fitness centers to business-class lounges, hospitals are responding to employee needs—by design.
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What Defines “Appropriate” Healthcare Design?

July 21, 2014     Debra Levin
In response to a healthcare system in financial turmoil, design choices deemed appropriate for new facilities today are a whole lot different than what the design community embraced just years ago.
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Making Of An Exterior At Mercy Health West

July 17, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Inspired by Ohio's history with art pottery, the project team crafts a colored brick tile façade and a new brand statement for a new hospital in Cincinnati.
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Sports Stadiums: A New Playing Field For Healthcare Design?

July 16, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Sports and healthcare naturally benefit one another, so why aren’t they more integrated in the built environment? An exhibit in the Netherlands proposes turning former sports arenas, such as a FIFA World Cup stadium, into environments for preventative care.
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FIRST LOOK: Madonna Rehabilitation Hospital

July 16, 2014     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis
A new Omaha, Neb., hospital for Madonna Rehabilitation will use design to drive home its mission to provide holistic rehabilitation that supports the body, mind, and soul.
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Mercy Health Goes Bold And Beautiful

July 16, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
Faced with a challenging site, the design team behind the new Mercy Health West hospital in Cincinnati maximized the location to create innovative design solutions—inside and out.
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An International Standard Of Care And Design

July 15, 2014     Charlene Marietti
Eastern experts and Western thought leaders shared concerns and trends in hospital design and care delivery trends at the 15th Hospital Build and Infrastructure China Exhibition and Congress.
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PHOTO TOUR: Oakwood Home For Adults With Autism

July 11, 2014     posted by Kristin D. Zeit
Take a visual walk through the Oakwood Home for Adults with Autism at Oakland’s Hospital near Caterham, Surrey, U.K., completed in March 2014.
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Healthcare Design Trends: East Meets West

July 10, 2014     Charlene Marietti
VOA Associate’s David Duff compared Chinese and U.S. healthcare practices and design at The 3rd Summit Forum of Chinese and Overseas Hospital Architects, part of the 15th Hospital Build and Infrastructure China Exhibition and Congress held June 21 to 23 in Nanjing, China.
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FIRST LOOK: East Tennessee Children’s Hospital

July 9, 2014     Posted by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
With an eye on strengthening its brand in the region by upping the quality of its pediatric care, East Tennessee Children’s Hospital is embarking on a new surgery center and NICU expansion scheduled to open in 2016.
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Three Ways To Cut Building Costs In The Design Process

July 9, 2014     Charlene Marietti
Eastern experts and Western thought leaders shared concerns and trends in hospital design and care delivery trends at the 15th Hospital Build and Infrastructure China Exhibition and Congress held June 21 to 23 in Nanjing, China. One U.S. architect weighed in on approaches to shaving dollars off of healthcare projects.
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Take Five With David Surette

July 8, 2014     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The director of healthcare and life sciences at Shawmut Design and Construction discusses the top five trends and issues getting his attention right now.
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Big Health Benefits Of A Neglected Hospital Space

July 8, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
With recent research showing that elevator buttons are bacteria breeding grounds, healthcare patients and workers have another incentive to take the stairs. What are architects and designers doing to encourage this?
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Designing Abroad: Cultural Considerations In Evidence-Based Design

July 7, 2014     Bonny Slater
In the final installment of a three-part guest blog series on international design challenges, Perkins+Will’s Bonny Slater discusses the need for more studies that can be applied and adapted on a global scale.
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