Through our pioneering books on evidence-based design and partnerships with organizations like Planetree, our research has informed architectural design to benefit patients, families, and practitioners, as well as healthcare institutions. Our brochure highlights representative projects that are helping our clients enhance healthcare delivery and transform the healing experience.
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.
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.
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.
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 is rooted in advancing patient-centered care through better patient and family activation, improved quality and safety, and deeper staff engagement. Most recently we designed a Planetree Designated® Patient-Centered Hospital at Stamford Health that personalizes, humanizes, and demystifies the healthcare experience.
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.
Forward-thinking design combines best practices from both American and European healthcare. The consortium of WHR Architects, KHR Arkitekter, and Arup were awarded the Bispebjerg Somatic Hospital project after an international competition.