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.
Redevelopment plan announced for Chicago’s historic Cook County Hospital

Entrance to the Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Photo: Jeff Dahl/Wikimedia Commons

April 07, 2016 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The century-old, Beaux Arts architecture-inspired hospital will transform into a mixed-use develo...

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Photo courtesy Pixabay

April 07, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Survey respondents are targeting smaller acquisitions, at a time when market cap rates are narrow...

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G/BA releases 2015 Hospital Benchmarking Survey

Prentice Women's Hospital Building in Chicago. Photo: Erin Nekervis/Creative Commons

March 11, 2016 | Grumman/Butkus Associates

A new survey from engineering firm Grumman/Butkus Associates examines electricity, fossil fuel, w...

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CBRE: Workplace wellness on the rise

Photos: Pixabay (Treadmill desk photo: CBRE)

March 09, 2016 | Craig Beam, CBRE Healthcare

As insurance premiums and deductibles continue to rise, both employees and employers are evaluati...

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Christ Hospital's Mt. Auburn, Ohio, campus brings orthopedic and spine care under one roof in a building whose design emphasizes daylighting and wellness. The Building Team on this Center, which opened last fall, included Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (architect, interior designer, SE and CE, enviromental graphics, and LEED consultant), Fosdick & Hilmer (MEP), Champlin Architecture (local architect), THP (local SE), Kleingers (Local CE), Office of James Burnett (landscape), Messer Construction (construction management). Image: @Tom Rossiter/Courtesy SOM

March 01, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The opening coincides with agreements that make this center a preferred provider for several empl...

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Healthcare providers must retool operations

The revamp of Northeast Ohio Medical University (NEOMED), in Rootstown, turned a commuter medical school into a university campus with an assortment of facilities for  use by students and the public. Photo: Courtesy Neomed.

February 24, 2016 | Susan Bady, Contributing Editor

As healthcare organizations make the transition from sick care to well care, they’re learning how...

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U.S. House moves to give Army Corps of Engineers management of V.A. projects

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: V.A.

February 19, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Bill would also put restrictions on planning and design funding.


Spending on lodging construction, like the expansive renovation of the Intercontinental New York Barclay pictured above, should increase by 10.8% to $23.4 billion in 2016. Total spending on nonresidential building is projected to grow this year by 13.7% to $439.2 billion, according to Gilbane. Image: Shawmut Design and Construction

February 10, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

But finding skilled workers continues to be a problem and could inflate a project's costs.

Mayo Clinic's breakthrough research lab puts evidence-based design to the test

Model: Centerbrook Architects & Planners

February 05, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

Mayo teams up with Delos to bring hard science to EBD research.

Factory for J57 Mini Sky City, Changsha, China. Photo: BSB

February 04, 2016 | BD+C Staff

BD+C’s inaugural Game Changers report highlights today’s pacesetting projects, from a pr...

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What healthcare owners should know before selecting a real estate developer

Photo: Pixabay

January 27, 2016 | Chris Bodnar, CBRE Healthcare

Understanding equity sources, balancing costs, and involving legal departments early in the proce...

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South Carolina governor’s push to repeal health facility construction rules gets boost from Feds

Trident Regional Medical Center in North Charleston, S.C. Photo: Mydogtryed/Creative Commons.

January 27, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Legislature may move to strike certificate of need requirements.

METAL MAX: 6 ways to use metal screens and mesh for best effect

Hamad International Airport, Doha, Qatar. Courtesy GKD USA

January 19, 2016 | BD+C Staff

From airy façades to wire mesh ceilings to screening walls, these projects show off the design po...

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Healing garden doubles as therapy trails

Photos and plans courtesy Copley Wolff Design Group

January 19, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

A Boston-area hospital takes the healing garden to the next level.

Mount Sinai Health System signs first healthcare IPD IFOA contract in New York City

Photo: David Edwards/Creative Commons

January 15, 2016 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Francis Cauffman, Syska Hennessy, Turner Construction are the primary parties in agreement.

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Shepley Bulfinch develops elegant design solution to address behavioral issues in emergency departments

Floor plan: Shepley Bulfinch

January 06, 2016 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

ED scheme allows staff to isolate unruly patients and visitors in a secure area.

Toronto’s newest hospital employs 10 robots for moving food, supplies, and equipment

Photo courtesy Humber River Hospital

January 04, 2016 | David Barista, Editorial Director

The 1.8 million-sf Humber River Hospital is loaded with high-tech gadgets. Its coolest innovation...

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San Diego's skyline is being transformed by new office, hotel, and residential building projects. Photo courtesy Pixabay

January 04, 2016 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The city's emission-reduction plan could drive influx into downtown

Wood materials aid in patient recovery in healthcare environments

Photo: Dan/Creative Commons.

December 29, 2015 | Peter Fabris, Contributing Editor

Report says patient recovery times, pain perception, stress levels improve where natural material...

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What can you do about the new off campus provider based facility legislation?

Exempla Saint Joseph Hospital in Denver. Photo: Jeffrey Beall/Creative Commons

December 15, 2015 | Charles Maggio, Managing Director, CBRE

CBRE Healthcare's Charles Maggio breaks down the impacts of the new legislation, which affects ou...

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Sustainable performance: Hospital systems’ new financial and marketing imperative

Kaiser Permanente’s San Diego Central Hospital Medical Center has been designed to consume 30% less energy than the ASHRAE 90.1-2007 baseline. Building Team: CO Architects (designer), KPFF (SE), Arup (MEP), and Hensel Phelps Construction (GC). Courtesy CO Architects

December 10, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Several years ago, the healthcare industry would have ranked in the bottom tier among adopters of...

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Perkins+Will designs headquarters for Seattle brain research center

All images courtesy of Perkins+Will / Hedrich Blessing

December 02, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The design orients labs like flower petals around a large light-filled central atrium; the effect...

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Paint company announces new product that can kill bacteria in hospitals

Doctors at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say eliminating healthcare-associated infections is a top priority. Photo: Wikimedia Commons

November 06, 2015 | Adilla Menayang, Assistant Digital Editor

The new product from Sherwin-Williams, called Paint Shield, is said to not only kill over 99.9% o...

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Hospital designers get the scoop on the role of innovation in healthcare

Kaiser Permanente’s New Garfield Innovation Center. Photo: Ted Eytan

November 04, 2015 | Robert Cassidy, Executive Editor

“Innovation” was the byword as 175 healthcare designers gathered in Chicago for the American Coll...

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Final funding comes through to complete over-budget and behind-schedule Denver VA Medical Center

Denver VA Medical Center in Aurora, Colo. Photo: Department of Veterans Affairs (via Stars and Stripes).

November 02, 2015 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Department of Veterans Affairs, cited for its mismanagement, is stripped of control over futu...

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Mortenson study: Healthcare providers optimistic, but down on Affordable Care Act

Advocate Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge, Ill. Photo: Zol87/Wikimedia Commons

October 23, 2015 | Mike Chamernik, Associate Editor

The 2015 Mortenson Healthcare Industry Study found that 76% of providers are at least optimistic...

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Photo: Ted Eytan via flickr Creative Commons

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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