ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

Enhancing the Healthcare Planning Process through Virtual Reality

04.18.17
HGA News

By Michael Hess and Ryan Spiering

Healthcare facility planning is changing as Virtual Reality enables clients/users/owners to step into the planning process as never before. High-tech buzzwords – Revit, Cloud, Mobile Apps, Augmented Reality, and Virtual Reality – are becoming the transformative tools of the trade. Virtual mock-ups viewed through headsets/glasses have enhanced the planning and design process, leading to better collaboration with user teams and improving project delivery.

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Topics: Healthcare, Technology

Up Close: Brent Peterson, PE

04.18.17
HGA News

Brent Peterson is an Industrial Engineer specializing in Lean workflow planning at HGA. He applies a research-based planning process to improve operational efficiency for leading healthcare organizations. Here, he talks about planning strategies from a Lean lens.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

HGA TO Present at the EDRA48Madison conference

04.17.17
HGA Research

EDRA48Madison: May 31- June 3
Monona Terrace Convention Center, Madison, WI 

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Topics: Healthcare, Research

HGA Awarded Certificate of Research Excellence by the Environmental Design Research Association

04.05.17
HGA Research

The Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) awarded HGA with a Certificate of Research Excellence (CORE) for the study “On-Stage/Off-Stage Clinic Design: Implications for Operational Efficiencies, Staff Collaboration and Privacy”. CORE recognizes rigorous, valuable, and impactful practice-based research that sparks innovation and promotes best practice in environmental design.

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Topics: Healthcare, Research

Embracing Green

Choosing materials to promote healthy indoor environments

New sustainable building standards are putting a greater emphasis on healthy indoor environments. Healthcare facilities, in particular, are becoming increasingly focused on promoting healthy environments that support the well-being of patients, families and staff –with particular focus on indoor air quality.  

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Topics: Healthcare, Sustainability & Resiliency

Q&A: How Health Care Engineers and Designers Can Communicate Better

Research shows the most important predictor of a team’s success is their communication patterns. But sometimes stereotypes get in the way and communication breaks down – thwarting opportunities for breakthroughs.

If you manage, design, or build health care facilities, you may have some preconceived notions of your engineering or design counterpart. Krista McDonald Biason, PE, associate vice president and senior electrical engineer of HGA Architects and Engineers, shares tips for overcoming the perceived “linguistic divide” among health care engineers and designers to achieve better solutions.

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Topics: Healthcare, Engineering

International Meeting Addresses Healthcare in Vietnam

01.31.17
Michael Hess

HGA’s Michael Hess (right of center) was among the international healthcare experts and diplomats at the recent U.S.-Vietnam Health Infrastructure Development Meeting in Hanoi.

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Topics: Healthcare

6 Behavioral Health Design Trends

HGA has designed behavioral health facilities across the country—including several mental health units within hospitals and numerous addiction treatment facilities—and has identified six approaches that not only help reduce the stigma associated with mental health issues but also fully address the needs of patients’ physical and mental well-being. Consideration of these trends in healthcare planning and design can positively impact costs, functional capabilities, and safety for patients and staff. 

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Topics: Healthcare

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

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

Ideas

HGA’s team of architecture, engineering, planning and design experts share their knowledge through research, published articles, white papers, and speaking engagements.