HGA Virtual Reality study recognized among the 2017 R+D Awards by Architect Magazine, the Journal of The American Institute of Architects.When architects design, they give a lot of thought to how people will use a space, but usually much less thought to the types of people who will use it. It’s a tough problem to solve: What are the unique ways in which an elderly person, a blind person, or a child experiences space—and how should architects and other design professionals respond?
We are pleased to have several HGA thought leaders on the road presenting at these national and regional conferences through the month of May 2017:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.