Facility Management

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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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Take Five With Paula Crowley

July 21, 2014     Posted by Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
The CEO of Anchor Health Properties discusses the top five trends and issues getting her attention right now.
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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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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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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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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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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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Making Operational Readiness Part Of The Facility Planning Process

July 7, 2014     L. Kidd and R. Howe
When opening a new building, there’s plenty that has to be considered in terms of the new operational workflows that need to be supported in the new space. Here’s a breakdown of how one recent project approached the process and how it turned out.
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3 Takeaways From HCD Academy Portland

July 3, 2014     Kristin D. Zeit, Editor-in-Chief
In June, facility managers, architects, owners, interior designers, and construction executives shared the stage to discuss key industry challenges and take the pulse of progress. Here are three lessons that stood out.
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Guest Services: A New Approach

July 3, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
As loved ones take on a larger role in the caregiving process, healthcare facilities are rethinking family and visitor spaces to provide a variety of spaces for them to work, play, or simply get away.
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2014 HCD Corporate Rankings: Healthcare A/E/C Firms Correcting Course

July 1, 2014     Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, Managing Editor
Survey results from Healthcare Design’s 2014 Corporate Rankings Survey illustrate the industry’s adjustment to a new landscape of projects and client needs.
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Q&A with the USGBC’s Brendan Owens

June 27, 2014     Anne DiNardo, Senior Editor
As the topic of product transparency and materials disclosure heats up in 2014, the U.S. Green Building Council’s vice president of LEED technical development talks about the rating system’s evolution and why the market’s ripe for change.
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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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