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Healthcare Facility Design
Second Wave of Sustainability for Healthcare by Jacob Tsimanis PE, WELL AP, LEED AP, CPMP & BCxP
Health, Nature & Sustainability: Jacobs Medical Center in San Diego by Craig Booth, Principal for the Yazdani Studio of CannonDesign
Sustainability in Healthcare Interior Design by Jennifer Bahan, Senior Associate, Director of Healthcare Interior Design at Hoefer Wysocki
Building reuse brings healthcare closer to the community by Matt Eastman, Principal, Stantec
Noteworthy: Seven healing, sustainable designs recognized with AIA Healthcare Design Awards
Featured Project: ProMedica Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio
Interior Design and Decorative Materials
Setting the Stage for Your Brand: How Well-Designed, Theatrical Spaces Are Elevating the Hospitality Industry by Aytan Litwin, Founder and CEO of White Space
Historical and contemporary design harmonize in luxury CARBONDALE-designed Dolce&Gabbana Venetian store
Noteworthy: 34th Annual Interior Design Hall of Fame Inductees Announced
Featured Project: A journey through a golden age of pearls, seas and cultures by GM Architects
In Every Edition
The Economics of Biophilia: Healthcare by Terrapin Bright Green
Eye on Pittsburgh
The latest in: Noteworthy News, Project Profiles. Building Science and Building Materials, Color, Landscape Architecture, Urban Planning, News and Events
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HEALTHCARE FACILITY DESIGN
Throughout my career I have been solving different research and practical problems related to air conditioning systems, air quality, and human comfort in build environments. While many build designs now focus on energy efficiency and carbon footprint reduction, it is also important to design with an approach that benefits the occupant’s health and well–being. The WELL Building Standard uses just this approach.
The WELL building standard is a performance-based system for measuring, certifying and monitoring features of the build environment that impacts human health and well-being through the air, water, nourishment, light, fitness, comfort and mind. While the WELL standard is not specifically designed for healthcare projects, it addresses major sustainability issues that relate to the overall health and well-being of a building occupant, which is ideal for a healthcare facility. After all, a primary reason for a healthcare facility is to ensure patients are properly cared for, both medically, and in many ways, emotionally.
One of the major issues outlined in the WELL building standard is biophilia. Biophilia posits that humans have an affinity towards the natural world and strives to address our psychological needs to be around life and life-like processes. Biophilic design is all about engaging with nature to assist with a patient’s healing process. Exposure to views and images of nature positively impact a patient’s well-being, can help improve a patient’s emotional state, and as a result speeds up the healing and recovery process. Read more
In a key move to positioning itself as a leading medical research institution, UC San Diego Health transformed what was once a community hospital into a world-class destination for patient-first care. Reflective of UC San Diego Health’s vision, “to create a healthier world – one life at a time – through new science, new medicine and new cures,” the 245-bed Jacobs Medical Center embraces the future intersections of technology, medicine and patient experience.
Connected to USCD’s existing Thornton Hospital and located adjacent to the new Altman Clinical and Translational Research Facility, the building is a translational medical center in the truest sense – embracing a “bench to bedside” model and facilitating the convergence of research, education and clinical care. Although one building, the 10-story 509,000 sf hospital functions as three hospitals – housing centers for women and infants, cancer care and specialty surgery.
Everything about the building, from its expansive art collection and carefully planned staff spaces to its significant architecture, seamless sustainability elements, one-of-a-kind surgery suite, integration of technology and meticulous details make the hospital nothing short of remarkable. Read more
The Case for Sustainability
To say a lot has changed in the healthcare design industry since I started in the early-to-mid-1990s would be an understatement. I cut my teeth on projects where we were unwelcome on the nursing floor. We were given sideways glances, questioning stares and received comments implying our work was a waste of money; money that should be applied elsewhere. Like all other healthcare interior designers, our team put our heads down and created well thought out, warm, nurturing spaces. Eventually, the results slowly turned the attitudes of the hospital staff. Now when we are on patient floors to perform site evaluations, we are greeted with quiet claps and smiles. We find ourselves answering questions like “Is our department next?”, “Is our space being renovated?” and “How soon will it happen?”
There was a paradigm shift in the hearts and minds of the caregiver and end users as it related to the benefits of good design. For years they experienced poorly lighted spaces, dull and lifeless colors, furniture that didn’t respond to how a body moves, and a flow that required them to take an extra 25 steps to complete a task. Once the proverbial curtains were opened and natural light filled the spaces, several things happened: interior colors pulled positively on the occupants’ psyche, work flow became more efficient, the patients, families and caregivers were happier and the importance of design was finally realized. Read more
Once a popular department store, a two-story, 150,000-square-foot building sits gutted and just left to waste away. An old grocery store rendered unviable. A rusty former car dealership. A struggling mall losing anchor tenants. Eyesores signaling the end of retail as we know it?
Or the future of healthcare?
Today, that department store is transformed into a vibrant healthcare complex featuring a destination cancer center with 110 clinical exam rooms. A healthcare client consolidated 20 different practices throughout South Jersey in one building, giving it the larger footprint in the region it desired. Of course, transforming a former Syms store into a healthcare complex required the vision to see the potential in the existing building. It required a total redesign: new windows and entrances punched to the exterior, the entire façade re-clad, building systems replaced, stairs and elevators relocated, floors cut to create generous and welcoming two-story spaces which open the building up. A new parking garage on the site completes the transformation and delivers on the promise of a destination ambulatory care pavilion for Penn Medicine. Read more
Cedars Sinai Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion, Los Angeles. The Advanced Health Sciences Pavilion (AHSP) is one of the first translational research facilities of its kind allowing outpatient care and research facilities to exist contiguously, enabling a new level of collaboration between physicians and researchers. Credit: John Edward Linden Photography
Seven healing, sustainable designs recognized with AIA Healthcare Design Awards
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH) recognized seven projects with its Healthcare Design Awards for cutting-edge designs that help solve aesthetic, civic, urban and social problems while also being functional and sustainable. Details for each of the awarded projects are available online.
ProMedica Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio
When global architectural firm HKS met with ProMedica to discuss the regional health system’s plans to consolidate 11 physician practices into its new Health and Wellness Center in Sylvania, Ohio, the medical provider made its expectations clear: the building needed to foster connectivity, flexibility and a sense of place within the community.
Interior Design and Decorative Materials
The Venetian Palace: CARBONDALE-designed Dolce&Gabbana store. Photo credit: Antoine Huot
Historical and contemporary design harmonize in luxury CARBONDALE-designed Dolce&Gabbana Venetian store
When asked to design the new Venetian Dolce&Gabbana flagship store, Eric Carlson and his Paris-based office, CARBONDALE, set out to create a new and different retail experience, one that customizes and enhances the cultural values and traditions of Italian quality and authenticity shared by both Dolce&Gabbana and the city of Venice.
Eric explains that when designing a store in Venice it is essential to understand that “Venice is not a shopping destination like Paris or Milan, Venice is a cultural destination.” Visitors from all over the globe come to explore a vast array of cultural traditions —the extraordinary architecture and urbanism, the International Mostra film festival, the Art and Architecture Biennale’s and Carnival. A commitment to the Venetian artistic heritage & craftsmanship to create a Dolce&Gabbana store that is first and foremost a “culture destination,” became the genesis of the architectural design direction, a challenge that was supported by Save Venice and Venetian Heritage associations. Read more
The built environment has never been more important than it is today. Moving forward, we will see Millennials continue to shape the future of the hospitality industry as they seek out aesthetically and experience-driven atmospheres. The built environment matters deeply to them, and designers are at the heart of that. The choice is simple: should designers serve the manufacturing process, or should the process serve designers? Read more
34th Annual Interior Design Hall of Fame Inductees
Interior Design (interiordesign.net) announced the honorees of its 34th annual Hall of Fame (HoF) Awards. Selected by Interior Design Editor in Chief, Cindy Allen, and a nominating committee of previous HoF members, this year’s inductees include Marcel Wanders; Lisa Iwamoto and Craig Scott of IWAMOTOSCOTT Architecture; Patrick Tighe of Patrick TIGHE Architecture; and Kengo Kuma of Kengo Kuma and Associates.
A journey through a golden age of pearls, seas and cultures by GM Architects
GM Architects envisions new interiors for the Jumeirah Resort and Spa off the coast of Bahrain, near Manama, on the ancient routes of pearl traders and fishermen. The new face of the hotel is deeply rooted in local traditions and lifestyle, and embedded with a vision of modern luxury. Read more
BAM South in Brooklyn, New York
Metal panels and coatings have been on the forefront of building design for decades. While coatings manufacturers continue to add to the library of colors and textures available to architects, the marriage of advanced coatings to sophisticated modeling and fabrication techniques is opening an entirely new world of design possibilities.
Nowhere is that more apparent than on Brooklyn’s newest skyscraper. Aesthetically, the purpose of BAM South’s multi-faceted façade is to articulate the starburst effect envisioned by its designer; but its most important accomplishment may be blazing a trail for the continued ascendance of coated metal on landmark buildings.
HEALTHIER PATIENTS, HEALTHIER PROFITS – BIOPHILIC DESIGN IN HOSPITALS
Spending in the United States’ healthcare sector is at record levels and growing. In 2016, the U.S. spent $3.3 trillion on healthcare (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS), 2016) and that number is expected to rise to $5.7 trillion by 2026 (U.S. HSS , 2016a). Reducing these costs without sacrificing health outcomes is critical for the economic stability of the hospital system and its users. Biophilic design strategies can contribute to improved outcomes as an evidence-based solution.The process of evidence-based design for healthcare settings combines the best information from other fields, in this case current healthcare design research and the physiological and psychological needs of patients, doctors, and staff (Hamilton & Watkins, 2009). Read more
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Carnegie Science Center’s PPG Science Pavilion, Pittsburgh. Courtesy of the Carnegie Science Center
CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER’S NEW PPG SCIENCE PAVILION™ AWARDED LEED GOLD CERTIFICATION
Carnegie Science Center announced that the new PPG SCIENCE PAVILION™ has achieved LEED® Gold Certification, a prestigious honor for the stunning addition to the North Shore science and technology museum.
“It was an easy decision for the Science Center to pursue LEED certification for the PPG Science Pavilion,” said Science Center Co-Director Ron Baillie. “We built this building with long-term goals in mind – to conserve resources, lower operating costs, and show leadership in the Pittsburgh area.”
The transformation of an old steel town into a growing tech and R&D hub. An eye on building projects, urban planning and sustainability efforts in Pittsburgh sheds light on the challenges faced and the solutions created by the public and private sector working together to make Pittsburgh into a top sustainable city. Read Eye on Pittsburgh.
Fired-clay brick’s aesthetic flexibility and sustainability honored by the Brick Industry Association
Health education building at University of Kansas glazed with Solarban 70XL, Solarban 72 Starphire glasses by Vitro Glass
Noll & Tam Architects’ striking design of David Rumsey Map Center at Stanford University’s Green Library
Saint Gobain Headquarters Occupant Comfort Study reveals collective benefits of a systems-based design approach
Architects and Designers Transform Walls into Multipurpose, Functional Surfaces with Fabric Wall Finishing Systems
California credit union transforms interior into modern, comfortable, open concept design with Rockfon ceiling system
KAI Design & Build Finds Inspiration for Alberici Office Renovation Through Client’s Steel Fabrication Expertise
SVA Architects Delivers Unique Design Plan to Fremont Unified School District for Horner Middle School Conversion
Main Library at Mexico’s Tecnológico de Monterrey University, featuring Solarban 90 glass, earns honor
Sherwin-Williams® Simplifies Interior Staining Projects with New Minwax® Line, Updated Color Palette and Design Center
Ford acquires Michigan Central Station with plans to transform it into new campus in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood
Soaring Growth of Urban Neighborhoods Shows Transformation into Highly Diverse, Distinct Areas Says New Urban Land Institute Report
Leading sustainability firm Verdani Partners Pursues Groundbreaking Fitwel Certifications with Clarion Partners
AIA Philadelphia’s Forum On Architecture + Design To Kick Off This Year’s DesignPhiladelphia Festival