ARCHITECTS and ENGINEERS

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

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

Making the Case for Practice-Based Research and the Imperative Role of Design Practitioners

11.04.16
HGA Research

By Kara Freihoefer, PhD, NCIDQ, EDAC, LEED ID+C and Terri Zborowsky, PhD, EDAC

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Topics: Healthcare, Research

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

Ideas

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