The healthcare industry steadily is shifting toward community-based services with more outpatient clinics, micro-clinics, wellness centers, and ambulatory surgery centers. This outmigration of care from a centralized Medical Center reflects a growing emphasis on population health—engaging patients as active partners in their healthcare process through education, wellness, prevention, and convenience.
With advances in radiation technology and a growing focus on the patient experience, many radiologists are becoming more involved in planning and designing Imaging Centers. Successful Imaging Centers involve a collaborative process between the architecture and construction team and the radiology and healthcare staff.
Josh Stowers, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, is Associate Vice President and Public|Corporate Practice Group Leader in HGA’s Minneapolis office, where he leads strategic business growth. Here, he talks about changes in the workplace.
While talking with deans, faculty and facilities planners of fine and performing-arts programs over the years, I have been struck by their concern for the student experience. All express a personal commitment in their students’ education and development—but they also voice concern about financial challenges impacting campus arts facilities.
Peter Erni, LEED AP, is a Principal in HGA’s Los Angeles office, where he leads strategic growth of arts, cultural and community work for higher education, civic and arts clients. Here, he highlights how arts and community projects can have a positive impact on college campuses.
The University of Kentucky is the flagship university for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, receiving $331.3 million in grant and contract awards for the 2017 fiscal year. The university’s research goals are to solve local problems by developing solutions with a global impact. As one of only eight public institutions in the U.S. with colleges of Agriculture, Engineering, Medicine and Pharmacy on a single campus, the University of Kentucky has a lot of potential for innovation and discovery embedded into its culture.
It won’t surprise you that 2017 was a record year for billion dollar disasters. From hurricanes in Florida, Texas and Puerto Rico, to wild fires in California along with the impacts from tornadoes, hail and drought, these events added up to a whopping $306 billion, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 2017’s totals exceeded even 2005, the year Hurricane Katrina struck. While 2005 may have previously seemed like an outlier, an anomaly, it is now part of the clear upward trend in severe storm occurrences caused by a changing climate.
Academic laboratory buildings are designed to meet industry standards for safety, often focusing on indoor air quality, ventilation, life-safety systems, lighting, and controlled entrances/exits. The structural integrity of academic lab buildings is additionally important, and structural engineers will design the building’s structural components with the strength and stiffness required to resist building code live load, snow, wind, and seismic forces.
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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.