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Karen Allen

I am a Senior Project Manager and Registered Interior Designer at Array Architects with over 15 years of healthcare design experience. With a background in hospitality design, I transitioned to healthcare design after 5 years. My part time job during high school/college in a hospital business office pretty much set me up to return to the healthcare world where I knew I could make a difference in designing a healing environment for those who needed it the most.

Recent Posts

Safer Interiors by Design

Posted by Karen Allen on Jan 11, 2013 at 6:37 AM

Foremost in the mind of a healthcare interior designer is to provide an interior environment that trulyis contributing to the healing process of its inhabitants. At no point should the design, the lighting, the finish or furniture selections be detrimental to the health and safety of the facility’s occupants.

Ultimately, we want everyone to be able to walk in a facility without falling. We want all occupants to breathe in clean, non-harmful air. We do not want viruses or harmful bacteria on any surfaces. In the event of a fire in a facility, we want everyone to be able to exit safely and not inhale any harmful substances. We want the facility’s finish materials and furniture to be properly specified so they will not support combustion or flame. We do not want anyone in a noisy or distracting environment that could increase fatigue, stress, and mistakes.

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Topics: architecture, healthcare design, interior design, ACA, KarenAllen, Array, architects, continuous improvement, hospital design, array architects

The Wax-Free Patient Care Tower

Posted by Karen Allen on Jun 18, 2012 at 3:59 AM

Featured in Facility Care, July 15, 2014.

With environmental and health concerns top-of-mind, when discussion turns to new flooring standards at hospitals, the administration’s preference often  includes a variety of flooring types that can be maintained wax-free. With the right products chosen for the right departments, proper education of environmental services staff and the understanding that ‘high sheen’ does not translate to ‘more clean,’ facilities can maintain their wax-free initiatives for the life of the floor.

While a number of products are touted to have “wax-free” properties, it is quite common for a hospital to resort to waxing their newly installed floors within a few months. Why does this happen?

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Topics: architecture, waxfree, healthcare design, interior design, KarenAllen, Array, renovation, hospitals, architects, continuous improvement, healthcare, hospital design, array architects