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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Kevin Day, HGA Healthcare Design Principal, and Diane Agee, CEO of Redwood Coast Medical Services, presented "Patient-Centered Care at the Edge" at the 2016 Healthcare Design Expo + Conference. In this Q&A, Day talks about his passion for healthcare architecture and innovations Redwood Coast and other providers are bringing to rural communities.
We are all getting older. This is evident in our lives and in our communities as Boomers reach retirement age. Yet today's aging population is not the typical retiree from the yesterday. People are living longer, healthier and more independent lives today. And they are delaying moving into environments for aging much later, instead choosing to remain independent as long as possible.
Cory Powers enjoys watching the roots take hold.
Powers, a 31-year-old Certified in Plumbing Design ASPE member based at the Milwaukee office of HGA, a nationwide architecture, engineering and planning firm, has been the liaison for the ASPE Young Professionals special-interest group for the past two years. And on the cusp of the 2016 ASPE Convention and Expo Oct. 28-Nov. 2 at the Phoenix Convention Center, this group – AYP for short – has come a long way since its formation four years ago, and Powers has been an integral cog in its development.
Sustainability and resiliency are common buzzwords today. But for healthcare facilities to make progress in these areas, it's important to take a practical, feasible approach that aligns with budget considerations. Thinking strategically about incorporating sustainability can help hospitals save resources and become more efficient.