U.S. and Danish healthcare design teams are collaborating to test and explore design solutions that balance innovation, best practices, and cultural sensitivities. In Medical Construction & Design's "Developing a New International Healthcare Standard," EYP Health's Kyle Basilius and Sara Shumbera explore how the consortium is working toward the ultimate goal of developing a new international model and standard for healthcare facilities and patient care.
Energy Modeling, like sketching, should be used throughout the design process to inform and shape the design. Just like a sketch can allow you to explore some detail without knowing all the other details, an energy model can let you see the impacts of different design choices. This allows promising ideas with strong potential energy savings to be incorporated early, but just as importantly, it allows ideas that have less savings potential to be considered, and abandoned early, letting the team focus on the ideas that will have the greatest cumulative savings, an attractive return on investment, or whatever other goal they are pursuing for the project. The true value of this approach is—when used early during design—we are able to find the optimal combination of strategies in real-time, during design meetings.
Building energy use is the primary contributor to greenhouse gas emissions for colleges and universities. Benchmarking and monitoring allows institutions to identify which buildings have the greatest savings opportunities, and what technologies and changes are appropriate for those buildings. In our work with colleges and universities, we’ve identified campus wide savings potential between 18% and 56% of their current cost and carbon impacts. We have help our clients achieve these savings with proven cost effective technologies and maintain this savings over time. We have also helped our clients understand their energy use and performance and avoid costly and unnecessary audits and studies by simply tracking and comparing energy and emissions use.
Designed to embrace the concept of patient-centered care, the new hospital exemplifies Stamford Health's vision for "Healing Reimagined." The focus on high quality, personal care is visible throughout the facilities from the welcoming concourse to the 180 private patient rooms, which were designed to maximize care, safety and comfort for patients, caregivers and families. The new emergency department that is double the size of the old one, which was needed to accommodate an increasing number of patients more efficiently. The new ED offers separate, dedicated treatment areas for adult, behavioural health and pediatric care needs.
The Architect's Newspaper featured our healthcare practice group's work on The Children's Hospital of San Antonio (CHOSA) in an article called "A First for Multi-Colored Ceramic Fritted Channel Glass." The project team includes WHR Architects, Overland Partners, and Stanley Beaman & Sears.
At the Healthcare Design Conference and Expo, our project with the Houston Methodist Outpatient Center was featured as one of the official tours of the conference. Healthcare Design magazine's Anne DiNardo joined Stephanie Schwindel on the tour and shared her thoughts in a blog post.
The Planetree philosophy filters all decisions through three focused lenses – Empowerment, Dignity and Compassion – with an underlying focus on safety, effectiveness, and well-being for patients and caregivers. Embracing this human-centered approach helps hospitals reimagine the healing experience and negotiate the challenges associated with the rapidly changing healthcare arena.
Can healthcare facilities promote patient and staff wellness while also engaging with the community and incorporating other sustainability principles? Thanks to organizations like Planetree and the Urban Land Institute's Health Places Initiatives, there is a growing awareness of the link between design and well-being. In this article from Medical Construction & Design, Tushar and Laurie provide snapshots of current buildings and features that address these issues, all while applying the latest techniques for infection control.
We’re seeing a growing trend in cities throughout the nation: mandating energy benchmarking as a way to achieve aggressive energy and carbon emissions reduction. We applaud the use of energy benchmarking as a way to prioritize buildings that have the most potential for improvement – in fact, we’ve been benchmarking buildings since 2004. In our experience, however, we have seen returns superior to those published in a report recently issued by the New York City Mayor's Office of Sustainability.
Driving innovation in real-life situations can often be traced to the simple impulse to change something. But innovation is not a stroke of genius encountered haphazardly by an individual. Innovation is a discipline that EYP promotes by cultivating certain practices and attitudes about making connections: connecting breakthroughs in technology to see new possibilities; connecting new modes of thinking to tired, antiquated processes; or simply connecting existing ideas from disparate fields to each other – all for significant benefit. As a result, our designers are determined to run through several techniques in parallel to achieve a design goal. And on a totally different level, understanding how innovation happens allows our designers to create spaces within new projects that foster, nurture, and help teach innovation to building occupants including college students to corporate workers.
The availability of healthcare in the United States, especially high-quality healthcare, is uneven. The best healthcare services tend to be found in urban centers, which also have the largest populations. Hospitals and medical centers in big cities, however, have little or no room to grow, and they can't demolish outdated facilities without first having opened a new one. In this article for Medical Design + Construction, David and Bhargav cite examples of how they have helped clients meet the challenges of: land restrictions; measured growth; uneven distribution of Level 1 Trauma care; and meeting projected volumes.
High Profile featured Stamford Hospital's New Hospital, describing the role of BIM technology in the design of this Planetree-inspired healthcare facility.