Healthcare Facilities

From hospitals to research facilities, healthcare buildings are essential to the health of the world’s population, as well as medical innovation. Designing these structures requires a delicate balance of technical requirements with the needs of doctors and patients, but when done right, these designs can save lives.

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September 29, 2015 | Nelson Udstuen, Vice President, Regional Director, CBRE Healthcare

In the United States, the environment where outpatient healthcare is being delivered is as dynami...

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Health Product Declaration Collaborative releases updated HPD Open Standard – Version 2.0

Agnesian HealthCare in Fond du Lac, Wisc. Photo: Royalbroil/Wikimedia Commons

September 11, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Advances transparent disclosure of building product contents

Hospital construction/renovation guidelines promote sound control

Glass enclosed work stations between patient rooms provides staff touch down areas with full view of patients without imposing upon their respite @ MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto, courtesy TRO Jung

August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The newly revised guidelines from the Facilities Guidelines Institute touch on six factors that a...

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7 (more) steps toward a quieter hospital

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Me. Photo: Anton Grassl/Esto

August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Every hospital has its own “culture” of loudness and quiet. Jacobs’ Chris Kay offers steps to a t...

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Shhh!!!: 6 ways to keep the noise down in new and existing hospitals

The modern hospital room, as shown here in the 36-bed emergency department at Newton-Wellesley Hospital in Newton, Mass., mitigates disruptive sounds with rubberized flooring that reduces foot and equipment noise. Retractable glass doors can be closed while still providing patient observation to the staff. TRO JB provided the architecture, MEP, and FP services on this project. Turner Construction was the CM. Photo: Richard Mandelkorn

August 28, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

There’s a ‘decibel war’ going on in the nation’s hospitals. Progressive Building Teams are leadin...

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Innovation districts + tech clusters: How the ‘open innovation’ era is revitalizing urban cores

The explosive demand for tech office space in and around metropolitan areas has led to creative redevelopment opportunities for Building Teams. The Playa Jefferson complex in Playa Vista, Calif., remade a series of nondescript, low-rise office buildings into state-of-the-art tech space for mature and startup companies. Photo: Benny Chan Fotoworks, courtesy Gensler

August 26, 2015 | David Barista, Editorial Director

In the race for highly coveted tech companies and startups, cities, institutions, and developers...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 75 Healthcare Construction Firms

Prebys Cardiovascular Institute, a seven-story facility that is the cornerstone of a 25-year master plan for Scripps Memorial Hospital’s La Jolla, Calif., campus. GC McCarthy Building Companies used lean construction principles to prefabricate headwalls and handwashing sinks in the patient rooms, ICUs, and prep/recovery rooms. Also on the Building Team: HOK (project architect), KPFF (SE/CE), exp (MEP), MWPA (landscape architect), and Jacobs Engineering Group (CM). Photo: Stephen Whalen Photography

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Turner, McCarthy, and Skanska top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest heal...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 80 Healthcare Engineering Firms

The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. Courtesy HKS, DPR

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

AECOM, Jacobs, and Burns & McDonnell top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the l...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Top 115 Healthcare Architecture Firms

The 33,000-sf Gloria Drummond Physical Rehabilitation Institute, Boca Raton, Fla., designed by HKS, is named for the late founder of Boca Raton Regional Hospital. The new facility will unite the hospital’s rehabilitative orthopedic, cardiac, and pulmonary services under one roof. DPR and HKS will also complete the 45,000-sf Christine Lynn Women’s Health & Wellness Institute on the Boca Raton campus this summer. Courtesy HKS

August 06, 2015 | BD+C Staff

HDR, Stantec, and Perkins+Will top Building Design+Construction's 2015 ranking of the largest hea...

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GIANTS 300 REPORT: Hospital and medical office construction facing a slow but steady recovery

The $180 million, 368,735-sf Kay Jewelers Pavilion, at Akron (Ohio) Children’s Hospital. The seven-story addition came in two months ahead of schedule and $60 million under its original estimate. On the Building Team: CBRE Healthcare (on-site PM), HKS, Inc. (design architect), Hasenstab Architects (associate architect), The Boldt Company (ILPD CM), and Welty Building Co. (CM). Photo: Courtesy HKS, Inc./Blake Marvin

August 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Construction of hospitals and medical offices is expected to shake off its lethargy in 2015 and r...

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Consensus Construction Forecast: Double-digit growth expected for commercial sector in 2015, 2016

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July 29, 2015 | AIA

Despite the adverse weather conditions that curtailed design and construction activity in the fir...

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David Adjaye Architects, Rwanda, Africa, Architecture, Cancer Facility, Healthcare, Children, Pediatric

Slated for a 2017 completion, the facility will be the first of it’s kind in Africa. Renderings courtesy David Adjaye Architects

July 23, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The metallic, geometric façade is based on the region’s traditional Imigongo art.

Eight healthcare building designs win AIA award

Photo: Cleveland Clinic, Brunswick Family Health Center Emergency Department. All images and renderings courtesy of AIA

July 22, 2015 | AIA

Montalba Architects' prototype mobile dental unit and Westlake Reed Leskosky's modern addition to...

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From Subway to Walgreens, healthcare campuses embrace retail chains in the name of patience convenience

Walgreens Pharmacy, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago.  Photo courtesy VOA Associates

July 08, 2015 | Craig Beam, Managing Director, CBRE Healthcare

Most retail in healthcare discussions today are focused on integrating ambulatory care into tradi...

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The main noisemakers in healthcare facilities: behavior and technology

In-board placement of bathrooms buffers corridor noise for birthing rooms at MaineGeneral Hospital in Augusta, Maine. Anton Grassl/Esto

July 06, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Over the past few decades, numerous research studies have concluded that noise in hospitals can h...

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Texas eye surgery center captures attention in commercial neighborhood

The selection of fiber cement, in itself, helped contribute to the individuality of the Eye Surgery Center, because it was the first use of the material in the area.

| June 23, 2015 | Nichiha

The team wanted to build an eye surgery center in an already established area but provide somethi...

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Heatherwick’s design for cancer center branch has ‘healing power’

Heatherwick will work with landscape designer Marie-Louise Agius of Balston Agius to complete the verdant plan and take advantage of the therapeutic effect of plants. Renderings courtesy of Heatherwick Studio. 

June 16, 2015 | BD+C Staff

The architect describes it as “a collection of stepped planter elements”

Roadmap for creating an effective sustainability program in healthcare environments

An interior view of a inpatient room in Fort Belvoir Community Hospital Oaks Pavilion. Photo: U.S. Navy via flickr

May 27, 2015 | Dyann Hamilton, Alliance Director, CBRE

With a constant drive for operational efficiencies and reduction of costs under an outcome-based...

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Rochester, Minn., looks to escape Twin Cities’ shadow with $6.5 billion biotech development

On April 23, the Board of Directors of the Destination Medical Center Corporation formally adopted the development plan for Destination Medical Center, which would be comprised of six districts spread across 550 acres.

May 27, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The 20-year plan would also be a boon to Mayo Clinic, this city’s best-known address.

AIA Committee on the Environment recognizes Top 10 Green Projects

University Center, The New School, New York City. Image: James Ewing

April 22, 2015 | BD+C Staff

Seattle's Bullitt Center and the University Center at The New School are among AIA's ...

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14 projects that push AEC teaming to the limits

The National September 11 Memorial Museum incorporates evocative artifacts of the destroyed Twin Towers, including the "Last Column" (pictured). It was honored with a Gold Award in BD+C's 2015 Building Team Awards. Photo: Jin Lee / courtesy 9/11 Memorial Museum

April 10, 2015 | BD+C Staff

From Lean construction to tri-party IPD to advanced BIM/VDC coordination, these 14 Building Teams...

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Prefab saves the day for Denver hospital

An 8x25-foot multi-trade rack containing mechanical, piping, and HVAC systems is lifted into place at Saint Joseph Hospital, Denver, by mechanical subcontractor U.S. Engineering. Photo: Ross Cooperthwaite

April 10, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mortenson Construction and its partners completed the 831,000-sf, $623 million Saint Joseph Hospi...

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Virtual collaboration helps complete a hospital in 24 months

PinnacleHealth’s new 108-bed, 188,000-sf West Shore Hospital provides acute care, surgical, cardiology, orthopedic, and stroke care services, and chronic disease management to patients on the west side of the Susquehanna River in Mechanicsburg, Pa. Photo: Jeffrey Totaro/Jeffrey Totaro Architectural Photographer

April 10, 2015 | Sara Elliott, Associate Editor

PinnacleHealth needed a new hospital STAT! This team delivered it in two years, start to finish....

Big D’s billion-dollar baby: New Parkland hospital tops the chart

The new 17-story Parkland Hospital. A seven-story clinical space cantilevers 60 feet past the Women’s and Infants’ Specialty Health unit. Photos: Andrew Pogue/Andrew Pogue Photography

April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Dallas’s new $1.27 billion public hospital preserves an important civic anchor, Texas-style.

‘Prudent, not opulent’ sets the tone for this Catholic hospital

The 93-bed Holy Cross Germantown Hospital is the first new hospital to be built in Maryland in 25 years. The 237,000-sf acute care facility resides on the campus of Montgomery College, making it the first hospital in the U.S. to be co-located on a community college campus. All photos: Alan Karchmer / Alan Karchmer Architectural Photographer

April 09, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

This Building Team stuck with a project for seven years to get a new hospital built for a faithfu...

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‘Project first’ philosophy shows team’s commitment to a true IPD

An internal “connecting bridge” (above) brings the outdoors indoors via glass panels, and provides a welcome respite for staff and visitors moving from one area of the hospital to another. Photo: Bruce Damonte

April 05, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Skanska and NBBJ join forces with Sutter Health on a medical center project where all three parti...

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BIM and the changing procurement model for medical equipment in healthcare construction

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March 31, 2015 | Julie Ford, CBRE Healthcare

BIM coordination has dramatically reduced change orders during the construction period. Unfortuna...

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VA construction program ‘a disaster,’ says congressman

The 182-bed Aurora, Colo., hospital has incurred more than $1 billion in cost overruns. The Army Corps of Engineers has taken over the management of the project. Rendering: VA

March 28, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The VA construction program took more hits recently after the chairman of a congressional Committ...

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New Joplin, Mo., hospital built to tornado-resistant standards

The $465 million structure replaces St. John's Regional Medical Center that was destroyed in a 2011 tornado that devastated the city. Rendering:

March 22, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

The new hospital features a window and frame system that can protect patients from winds of up to...

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Grumman/Butkus Associates releases 2014 hospital energy and water benchmarking survey results

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March 19, 2015 | Grumman/Butkus Associates

The survey results show that hospitals’ overall fossil fuel use has trended downward, but electri...

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