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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.
Vassar Brothers Medical Center's 752,000-sf patient tower

The 752,000-sf building represents the first significant transformation of Vassar Brothers Medical Center in 133 years. Images: Brad Feinknopf

January 16, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The pavilion includes a 66-room Emergency Department.

An aerial rendering of Ohana Center for Health

The under-construction Ohana Center for Health in Monterey, Calif., reflects a growing need for mental heathcare. Images: NBBJ

January 09, 2021 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

NBBJ is among the firms tapping into this trend.

Download a PDF of all 2020 Giants 400 Rankings from Building Design+Construction magazine

Pictured: Arlington (Va.) Public Schools Heights Building Photo by Jim Tetro, courtesy Gilbane


December 16, 2020 | BD+C EDITORS

This 70-page PDF features AEC firm rankings across 51 building sectors, disciplines, and specia...

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The Weekly show, Dec 10, 2020: The future of medical office buildings, and virtual internship programs
December 10, 2020 | BD+C Staff

This week on The Weekly show, BD+C editors spoke with leaders from SMRT Architects and Engineer...

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December 04, 2020 | Seth Kelso, Project Director, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.

5 infection control principles used in high-containment facilities.

2020 Science & Technology Facilities Giants: Top architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the S+T sector

Photo: Gaëtan Bussy from Pixabay


December 03, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

HDR, Jacobs, and Turner head BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest science and technology (S+...

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2020 Healthcare Sector Giants: Top architecture, engineering, and construction firms in the U.S. healthcare facilities sector

Photo courtesy Pexels


December 03, 2020 | BD+C STAFF

HDR, Jacobs, and Turner top BD+C's rankings of the nation's largest healthcare facilities secto...

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Renderings courtesy HOK

November 23, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project will be New Jersey’s first comprehensive cancer center.

The Weekly show: Nvidia's Omniverse, AI for construction scheduling, COVID-19 signage
November 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

BD+C editors speak with experts from ALICE Technologies, Build Group, Hastings Architecture, Nv...

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The SPIRE Smart Building Program, World’s first smart building assessment and rating program

Photo courtesy UL and SPIRE Smart Building Program



The SPIRE Smart Building Program will help building owners and operators make better investment...

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Facade and ground level with cars in front

Photo: Albert Vecerko/Esto

October 22, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The New York Presbyterian David H. Koch Center wins a Silver Award in BD+C’s 2020 Building Team...

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MRMC exterior

All photos: Jim Herndon

October 20, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Learn why the Methodist Richardson Medical Center Vertical Expansion, in Richardson, Texas, was...

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Shirley Ryan Therapy Gardens

Therapy Gardens at the SHirley Ryan AbilityLab by HDR | Gensler in association with Clive Wilkinson Architects, a 2020 recipient. Photo: Dave Burk

October 02, 2020 | AIA

Awards program highlights trends in healthcare facility designs.

The new Health Science Education Center is designed and built to promote student-faculty interaction and training. Image: Peter Seiger

September 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The Health Sciences Education Center includes two floors for simulation and immersive training....

Cairo Hospital aerial

All renderings courtesy Foster + Partners

September 16, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project focuses on natural light, greenery, and views of the outside.

2020 GIANTS 400 REPORT landing page Washington College_Semans Griswold Environmental Hall, Ayers Saint Gross

Semans-Griswold Environmental Hall, designed by Ayers Saint Gross, is home to Washington College’s Center for Environment and Society and commands a picturesque site on the Chester River. The river is a living laboratory that provides students with an immersive experience in support of the building’s programs in environmental science and sustainability. Photo courtesy Ayers Saint Gross


August 28, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The 2020 Giants 400 Report features more than 130 rankings across 25 building sectors and speci...

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A 12,560-sf addition to Meritus Health Center in Maryland went from concept to completion in four months. Design-to-permit alone took less than six weeks. Image: (c) John Cole

August 27, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Lean practices, and early engagement with the county’s permitting department, moved this projec...

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Advocate Aurora's newest Ambulatory Health Center cut a month off of its construction thanks to integrated project delivery that included subs, which is still a rarity in nonresidential building.  Images: John Magnoski

August 21, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Prefabrication played a major role in quickening construction.

The Department of Veterans Affairs' new care center, in Omaha, Neb., offers eight primary clinics. Images: Courtesy of Leo A Daly

August 13, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Clinic programming enhances patient privacy.

Shenzhen Children's Hospital aerial at night

All images courtesy B+H Architects

August 05, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

B+H Architects is designing the project.

Parnassus Aerial

Parnassus Aerial

July 16, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The hospital is part of UCSF’s academic medical center.

Infection control in healthcare facilities amid COVID-19 Callison - UCSD_CFSH_3_F.jpg

At UC San Diego Medical Center, CallisonRTKL designed a teaching facility that offers medical simulation training. It includes several design elements that combat infection control, such rounded corners, stepped ceilings, and encased light fixtures for easier cleaning, as well as solid surfaces with chemically bonded seams to remove gaps and cracks. Photo: Brian Henniker


July 01, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor  

Caught off guard by COVID-19, healthcare systems take stock of the capacity and preparedness....

The newly opened West County Behavioral Center will handle patient overflow from the West County Health Center next door. Images: HED

June 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This project went the extra mile to comply with the state’s design and construction regulations...

"The Weekly," a new virtual news program from Building Design+Construction, debuted Thursday, June 11
June 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The first episode, now available on demand, features experts from Robins & Morton, Gensler,...

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The 1-million-sm Basaksehir Cam and Sakura Hospital in Istanbul is designed to withstand a seismic event that might happen only every 2,500 years. Images: Ronesons Holding

June 10, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cloud computing allowed complicated design to be completed in less than a year.

Jennifer Lawrence CICU central lobby

Photos: © Lauren K Davis

June 03, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The CICU is part of a larger redesign project for the entire hospital.

Photo by Natanael Melchor via Unsplash

The American College of Healthcare Architects surveyed 129 of its members on the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the design of hospitals and other medical facilities.



The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has released the key findings of a survey...

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BNBMC Temporary Hospital with contractors

All photos courtesy Holt Construction

May 05, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project is located in Paramus, N.J.

PCL Construction rolls out portable coronavirus testing centers

Canada-based PCL Construction, which has focused lately on expanding its prefabrication capacity, has introduced two models for mobile COVID-19 testing centers that can be transported from factories by trailer and positioned on site by forklifts. Rendering: PCL Construction


April 26, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The prefabricated boxes offer walk-up and drive-thru options.

ACF units modified from existing modular pods

ACF units modified from existing modular containers. Photo: PODS.

April 21, 2020 | CALLISONRTKL

CallisonRTKL and PODS collaborate on repurposed containers for ACFs

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