Hospitals taking a leadership role in wastewater

Posted by Kent Doss on Apr 14, 2014 at 4:41 AM

Featured in Healthcare Global, October 2, 2013.

We know trace amounts of runoff from hospitals and long-term care facilities reaches potable water. Drinking water in 24 major metropolitan areas has tested positive for minute amounts of pharmaceuticals, for example.

The danger to taking a wait-and-see approach to these efforts lies in slow moving regulators and lawmakers delaying action until some perceived crisis or shift in public opinion causes them to overcompensate with drastic and unreasonable reform down the road.

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Topics: sustainable, architecture, healthcare design, Kent Doss, healthcare global, continuous improvement, waste water, advisory services, hospital design

pro•gram•ming noun \-miŋ\

Posted by Noah Tolson on Apr 03, 2014 at 7:33 AM

The thorough and systematic evaluation of the interrelated values, goals, facts and needs of a client’s organization, facility users and the surrounding community. A well-conceived program leads to high-quality design.

Array’s goal: To see to it that our clients receive buildings that are constructed as they were designed, within the allotted budget, at the expected date and operate efficiently and effectively for years after completion.

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Topics: planning, future state mapping, architecture, visioning, healthcare design, ACA, mock-ups, building information modeling, programming software, continuous improvement, advisory services, hospital design, Noah Tolson, array architects

Atria - From Courtyard to Front Door and other places In-Between

Posted by Tony Caputo on Feb 21, 2014 at 9:25 AM

An Atrium, as technically defined by the International Building Code (IBC) is an opening within a building connecting two or more stories, other than enclosed stairways, elevators, hoist ways, escalators, plumbing, electrical, air-conditioning or other equipment,which is closed at the top and not defined as a Mall. The historical definition of this spatial typology can be traced back to the open-air courtyard of an ancient Roman house (domus) and later as an enclosed space, with the advent of iron and glass roofing systems in the Industrial Revolution.

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Topics: concourse, anthony caputo, solar gain, architecture, healthcare design, central, atrium, courtyard, hospitals, continuous improvement, advisory services

The Emphasis on Women’s Health in Today’s World

Posted by Lisa Lipschutz on Feb 18, 2014 at 5:26 AM

Women’s health matters and the facilities that support the delivery of women’s services impact the care and results. I have a passion for women’s health having worked on the majority of Array’s women’s projects over the course of my 30-year career.I have both personally and professionally witnessed the evolution from the traditional, multi-room delivery process to single room, family centered care. I have also enthusiastically seen the application of these family-centered values to all aspects of inpatient care. And, consistent with population trends, I recognize the benefit of a women-centered approach to non-obstetrical women’s services. Women have unique needs and with new policies governing family planning and reproductive health, our health systems have been paying close attention and anticipating the potential increase in access to care.

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Topics: Lisa Lipschutz, children, healthcare design, women, women & children, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design, Healing Environment

When a Chair Becomes a Toilet: Why the People Are More Important Than the Mock-up

Posted by Jonathan Bykowski on Feb 10, 2014 at 3:26 AM

Published by Healthcare Construction + Operations, January 15, 2014

Mock-ups can provide an undeniable value to teams designing new health care spaces.Repetitive project elements are excellent candidates for careful testing before significant time and money is spent on construction. Conventional design approaches have long held that mock-ups should be a staple of the process to test new ideas and confirm that users’ goals are achieved. Measure twice, cut once.

Projects sometimes spend considerable money and time developing mock-ups during the design phase. There are several approaches to mock-ups, but the bigger-is-better approach seems to be leading the charts. Massive macro mock-up trends focusing on full-scale departments requiring a warehouse and truckloads of cardboard are gaining popularity. But do they add value?

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Topics: planning, architecture, design, healthcare design, mock-ups, Jonathan Bykowski, continuous improvement, advisory services, hospital design

Ten Ideas about BIM

Posted by Guest Contributor on Dec 18, 2013 at 5:51 AM

BIM is a game changer

Adopting Building Information Modeling (BIM) in architectural practices is not the same as what the industry experienced with transitioning to CAD 20 years ago. CAD simply replaced hand drafting with computer drafting. The technology was different, but the process remained the same.

BIM is both a technology and a process. This forces firms to reevaluate how they produce their design services. The winners will differentiate themselves by focusing on producing services that their clients expect, for instance, that impact time, money and quality.

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Topics: BIM, architecture, healthcare design, continuous improvement, advisory services, hospital design

Comforts of Home: Furnishing a Health Care Setting

Posted by Pat Malick on Nov 01, 2013 at 5:44 AM

Published by Healthcare Construction + Operations, October 2013

In every space people use, furniture is needed and creates an impression. For a space to be functional as well as healing, furniture needs to function in more ways than might be expected in a hotel or office.Patient room chairs may be used for rehab or used overnight by a loved one. The low tables in a waiting room might be used for a coffee break while waiting for a parent in surgery or for a child to do his homework while waiting for his annual physical.

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Topics: furniture, Pat Malick, healthcare design, interior design, ACA, healing, continuous improvement, advisory services, hospital design

Client-focused Design

Posted by Jennifer O'Donnell on Jun 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

As healthcare architects, we work closely with providers to help support their mission of delivering excellent, patient-centered care. With HCAHPS scores impacting reimbursement, hospitals are focusing on making the patient experience a top priority. We understand that our clients expect to receive the same level of client-focused care they offer their patients.

How do you translate a client-centered approach to design? Business relationships are just like other relationships you have in your life. You have to be honest, trustworthy, willing to listen, giving, supportive and truly care about the other individual’s well-being. You have to make a conscious effort to pay attention to both the small details and keep your eye focused on the larger goals. No matter what the interaction may be, your business partners, clients and colleagues are people just like you and me; people who are always looking for an enhanced experience to remember.

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Topics: planning, approach, healthcare design, continuous improvement, client, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design

Trends in Development of Medical Office Buildings

Posted by Guest Contributor on Jun 04, 2013 at 5:54 AM

Published by Healthcare Global, December 2013. The delivery of healthcare is evolving due to healthcare reform initiatives based on the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Nowhere is that more apparent than in the design of Medical Office Buildings (MOBs).

Traditionally, MOBs have been comprised of practice suites housing private physician groups occupying as little as 1,000 SF to as much as an entire floor, +/- 25,000 SF. These spaces were designed to support routine physical examinations, checkups, lab work and minor outpatient procedures.

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Topics: design trends, planning, MOB, medical office building, architecture, healthcare design, ACA, Affordable care act, continuous improvement, healthcare, advisory services, hospital design, Shane Williams, array architects

Technology’s Influence on Healthcare Design

Posted by Guest Contributor on May 30, 2013 at 11:08 AM

On May 20, 2013, DuPont Corian’s showroom in New York hosted Healthcare Design magazine’s event that explored Design Considerations for Technological Innovation in Healthcare Design. The discussion was moderated by Jennifer Kovacs Silvis, the Managing Editor of Healthcare Design, and featured the unique perspectives

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Topics: future of healthcare, technology, healthcare design, ACA, continuous improvement, advisory services, hospital design