ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Panelboard Bonding in Patient Care Vicinities

Article 250 of the National Electrical Code ( NFPA 70) addresses grounding and bonding requirements for electrical installations — addressing topics ranging from bonding jumpers to grounding of electrical equipment to ungrounded systems and even a section on how to prevent “objectionable currents.” What this Article doesn’t address is the specific requirement in health care facilities for bonding of  panelboards in patient care vicinities. This requirement is above and beyond the requirements identified in Art. 250.
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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

Change Management and Workplace Design

Q&A with The Registry

What are employees’ greatest fears about change management? 

The biggest fear here is the word “change.” Let’s face it, no one likes change. I wish we had another word for this because “change” gets a bit overused these days and everyone has their own definition of what it should mean. In terms of how this impacts workplace design and management; it comes down to communication, and a lot of it.

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Topics: Corporate

Bathroom Design Perspective

01.04.17
Cory Powers, CPD

Communicating with architects and designers about projects can avoid a lot of headaches down the road.“Okay, so who uses their feet to flush the toilet?” Cue a huge laugh, and then about 90 percent of the room’s hands were raised. This was one of the questions I asked at a recent design team charrette with our architects and interior designers. The initial thought of any question relating to the personal realm of the bathroom can be quite uncomfortable, but once you begin to get into the dynamics of this room in our buildings, you can really understand what these spaces can mean for our clients. 

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Topics: Engineering

Reaching Higher: Planning Learning Spaces for Allied Health Sciences

12.20.16
Richard Smith

Pictured: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln's combined Student Health Center and College of Nursing.

Nearly 20 percent of new jobs in the United States are in healthcare and allied health professions, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As such, colleges and universities are stepping up their focus on science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and allied health sciences programs to meet growing market needs for trained healthcare professionals.

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Topics: Healthcare, Education

Up Close: Marc L’Italien, FAIA

HGA Design Principal Marc L’Italien, FAIA, is a nationally recognized architect with 30 years’ experience providing strategic planning and design expertise for leading arts, community and higher education clients. Here, he talks about how great design enhances the college campus experience.

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Topics: Education, Arts & Culture, Community

Drafting: A Generational Study

11.23.16
Cory Powers, CPD

According to the American Institute of Architects (AIA), "By definition, construction documentation encompasses the preparation of drawings and specifications that set forth the detailed requirements for the construction of a building project. Drawings thus represent the illustrative dimension of construction documentation, while specifications represent the written. The two are complementary, with neither having precedence over the other." 

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Topics: Engineering

New Approaches to Planning Emergency Departments

Emergency departments are evolving as healthcare organizations address the changing needs of their patient base. EDs often serve as a melting pot where diverse demographics converge with a range of medical emergencies.

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Topics: Healthcare

Environmental Simulation in the Design Process

In today's era of changing climate, it is becoming increasingly important to make informed decisions related to building performance in order to achieve goals. Reducing energy consumption is tied to many interrelated factors, including mechanical systems, façade, shell, orientation--and climate.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency

Having it All: New Trends in Clinic Design

It’s no secret that healthcare organizations across the country are shifting more and more services out of acute care settings. The move makes sense on a number of fronts, not least of which is the ability to reduce costs and improve outcomes all while increasing access and growing market share.

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Topics: Healthcare

Planning for the New Pharmacy Requirements

The healthcare industry is continuously evolving as new codes and building standards transform facilities and care delivery. Among approaching code changes impacting healthcare campus planning are USP 797 and USP 800 pharmacy compounding requirements by the U.S. Pharmacopeial Convention (USP).

The USP requirements help practitioners adhere to tested procedures for safe medication compounding in a controlled, germ-free environment.

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Topics: Healthcare

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