For parts of a hospital that will be replicated multiple times. building a mockup room can be the best way for staff to experience how the room and its features affect patient care.
Concrete slabs contain and continually absorb and emit moisture over time, potentially causing costly problems with impermeable flooring like warping, mold, discoloration, and failure of water-based adhesives. The failure of water-based adhesives is no longer a mystery. The question is how to deal with this reality.
Smaller healthcare projects such as interior remodels and tenant improvement projects have been traditionally managed through the design-bid-build approach. The question we should raise is, why can’t design-build work even better for the smaller, less complicated projects?
As we continue to help clients with their ability to prepare for or deal with patient care surges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we wanted to share the influences we expect will impact design trends in the future.
Architects are paying more attention to the detailing and materials in the building skin. Your architect needs to understand when NFPA 285 is applicable and exactly what NFPA 285 requires. The most important part of that understanding is the loophole that exists in NFPA 285.
Leveraging new and current technology to improve our design methodology is at the core of what we strive for. One tool we use improves design team coordination and thereby our deliverable documents and building information modeling.
Healthcare designers and builders have very different deliverables related to a project, but they share the same common goal: to design and build things that matter and that may contribute to a positive experience when circumstances suggest otherwise.