ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Lucile Packard Children's Hospital Stanford Celebrates Grand Opening

12.14.17
HGA News

[Photo: Beth Barton]

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford (LPCH) welcomed its first patients to its new state-of-the-art hospital December 9 as more than 100 pediatric patients and their families moved from the existing West building into the new Main building addition, marking a new era of exemplary pediatric care in Northern California. The move-in followed a ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony November 30, where hospital leadership, elected officials, community partners, donors and patients’ families celebrated the successful completion of the multi-year planning, design and construction process.

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Topics: Healthcare

Designing MRI Suites: Navigating Structural Design Considerations for Success

Each year, HGA’s integrated team of healthcare architects and engineers designs many successful MRI projects. MRI suites can cost between $3 to $5 million for construction and equipment purchase. Because of this investment, owners should be aware of critical structural considerations that can influence a good design.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

The Gen Z World: Shifts in Urban Design, Architecture and the Workplace

Celine Larkin, Melissa Jancourt and William Hodges Hendrix recently presented The Gen Z World: Shifts in Urban Design, Architecture and Corporate Workplace at CoreNet Global North American Summit. Here, they highlight takeaways from their program.

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Topics: Corporate, Research

Up Close: Amin Mojtahedi

Amin Mojtahedi, PhD, Associate AIA, is a Research Specialist at HGA and PhD in Architecture. His research focuses on the architecture of social learning and people-space analytics. Here, he talks about how research can create supportive spaces that boost individual and organizational growth.

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Topics: Education, Research

Universal Platforms - A New Approach to Facilities Design

The many challenges facing healthcare institutions are intensified when hospitals are located in rural areas. Ever-tightening budgets, aging facilities, shifting demographics, and the rapid evolution of technologies are among the concerns hospital administrators are working to address. For Critical Access Hospitals (CAH), these concerns are compounded by additional uncertainties; rumors of potential revisions to the CAH program abound, which could mean changes in reimbursement, staffing, and service delivery. All of these issues could have significant impact on the future of rural healthcare delivery, creating an environment of uncertainty for system administrators and the communities they serve.

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Topics: Healthcare

Designing a Building's Structural Resiliency in a Changing World

Structural is the longest lasting component of a building, designed to meet codes that address geological and environmental risks. Yet as we see with growing research, climate is changing and many codes may not be keeping up with evolving environmental risks.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Engineering, Research

12 Big Ideas about Building Simulation in the Planning Process

10.25.17
Molly Eagen, AIA

As we continue to strive to meet high-performance building goals such as those outlined in the AIA 2030 Commitment and other standards, incorporating environmental simulation and energy analysis into the design process becomes increasingly relevant. However, with a multitude of tools available, fast moving project timelines, and confusion about who is best poised to perform building analysis, integrating this work into design process can seem overwhelming.

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Topics: Sustainability & Resiliency, Technology

Creating Campus Value Through Developer-Led Student Housing

Across the country, our current healthy economy is creating opportunities for colleges and universities to take a new direction in developing student housing—turning to developers to finance, design and construct much-needed housing instead of financing it themselves. The reasons are numerous—from decreasing state financial support, to the lack of developable property on dense urban campuses, to limited in-house resources in market-driven development, to managing risk of future enrollment changes.

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Topics: Education, Arts & Culture

Designing Healthcare's New Front Door

Once concentrated in a central hub, healthcare services are moving outward — into retail spaces, clinics, wellness centers, homes, schools and corporate spaces.

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Topics: Healthcare

Demystifying the Library Building Process

Libraries are often the heart of a community, offering vital resources through technology, information, and social gathering spaces. As libraries continue to grow in importance, more communities are expanding existing libraries or building new. Yet the planning process can be daunting, especially for those new to the brick-and-mortar building process.

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Topics: Arts & Culture, Community

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