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.
ErinoakKids treatment center, Erin Sauga, courtesy Stantec

For our design for an ErinoakKids treatment center, we needed to include a staircase that incorporated a large landing, since kids with mobility issues require a space to rest. So, we came up with a treehouse concept, which can be seen at the top left of this image. Photo courtesy Stantec

July 15, 2019 | Iva Radikova and Olivera Sipka, Stantec

Standard building requirements don’t have to be boring. Here’s how you can inject whimsical touch...

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July 15, 2019 | Amy Carter, Bethany Callihan, and James Crispino

Below are five strategies to improve access and patient experience.

All renderings courtesy C.F. Møller Architects

July 09, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

C.F. Møller Architects is designing the project.

All photos: Ben Benschneider

July 02, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

Called the Seattle Veterans Affairs Mental Health and Research Building, the structure is meant t...

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Beyond the corner store: Where retail health is headed

SmartExam, a virtual care platform by Portland, Oregon-based Bright.MD, attracts a significant number of patients under the age of 40 who do not have a primary care doctor and want a convenient experience.

May 24, 2019 | Lisa Feeley and Sarah Carter, Transwestern

New players are redefining what retail health might look like by embracing technologies including...

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All renderings courtesy CO Architects

May 16, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

The trapezoidal shape of the building is an eco-friendly feature.

Construction of new children’s hospital addition in NW Florida had to weather several storms

The four-story tower addition includes a 72-bed neonatal ICU and 10-bed pediatric ICU. Image: Jim Hobart/MacBeth Studio

May 09, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Patient and staff care were primary concerns during this 25-month project, says its GC.

A rendering of a drone-powered hospital that would allow patients to access medical supplies and food that would be transported to portals outside of their rooms. Image: Leo A Daly

May 03, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Leo A Daly’s Miami studio envisions a drone-powered hospital that enhances resilience to natural...

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Miura’s EX Gas/Oil Series High Pressure Steam Boiler at Greenwich (Conn.) Hospital. PHOTO: Miura Boiler


Greenwich Hospital, in Greenwich, Conn., chooses new Miura boilers.

It’s official: China opens first green hospital, designed by HMC Architects

With an eye-catching, sustainable design, Shunde Hospital aims to be the vanguard of a nationwide system of energy efficient, cutting edge teaching hospitals throughout China. The complex of buildings dominates the city of Shunde. Photo: David Wakely, courtesy HMC Architects

April 15, 2019 | Jonathan Barnes, Contributing Editor

Shunde Hospital of Southern Medical University is the official pilot green hospital for developme...

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All Photos: Nigel Young / Foster + Partners

April 12, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Foster + Partners designed the facility.

April 09, 2019 | Swapna Sathyan

The relationship between workplace design and company culture isn’t all that different from a tan...

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A rendering of a 101,627-sf medical clinic replacement building in Fort Knox, Ky., which CallisonRTKL designed and Mortenson is building. Construction should be completed in spring 2021. A new study conducted by Mortenson finds that technology-abetted virtual care could become more prevalent in the future. Image: Mortenson

April 03, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Mortenson’s latest study finds that Millennials’ inclinations toward technological solutions are...

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Courtesy HKS Architects

April 03, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

HKS Architects designed the addition.

March 29, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Francis Cauffman Architects (FCA) designed the adaptive reuse project.

March 27, 2019 | Andrew Brumbach

For many health systems, seeking ways to mitigate HAIs and protect their patients is a high prior...

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What is the role of the architect in healthcare data security?

Photo: Chris Grant, courtesy HMC Architects

March 06, 2019 | George Vangelatos, Chief Design Officer, and Michael Williams, Senior Medical Planner, HMC Architects

Safeguarding sensitive data is top of mind for healthcare administrators across the country, and,...

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The “sails” on the exterior of the new Sidra Medical and Research Center in Doha, Qatar, call to mind local dhows and sand patterns. Image: Jeff Goldberg_Esto

February 20, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Three ceramic-clad sails transport its exterior.

PSC retail and cafe element

Courtesy B+H Architects.

January 31, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The Patient Support Centre will be the first project to comply with Toronto’s ­Tier 2 Building St...

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The 22,000-sf, 12-bedroom Almost Home Kids facility in Peoria, Ill., provides transitional care for children with complicated health conditions. Images: Ballogg Photography

December 12, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Its newest location is positioned as a prototype for national growth.

December 07, 2018 | Dan Kurtz, AIA, LEED AP, Principal

A Hybrid operating room (OR) is an OR that is outfitted with advanced imaging equipment that allo...

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Avera eCARE, the telehealth program of Avera Health, operates a 34,000-sf virtual hospital in Sioux Falls, S.D., as well as satellites in three other states. The program handles up to 18,000 patient ”visits” in a typical month. Image: Avera Health

November 30, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Guidelines emphasize maintaining human interaction.  

Nautical theme at Salah Foundation Children's Hospital

Courtesy Salah Foundation Children's Hospital

November 28, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Skanska USA built the project.

November 07, 2018 | Jill Kurtz, AIA, NCARB, Senior Associate and Marcia Wall, ASID, Senior Associate

How can architecture decrease frustration, increase the feeling of self-worth, and increase the a...

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OAH outpatient surgical center
October 30, 2018 | David Malone, Associate Editor

MBH ARCHITECTURE is the architect for the project.

The 95,000-sf VA San Jose Community-Based Outpatient Clinic

The 95,000-sf VA San Jose Community-Based Outpatient Clinic, which opens officially this fall, has a modular floor plan that separates patient and staff corridors to create a more tranquil environment. Photo: Hoefer Wysocki.

October 29, 2018 | John Caulfield, Associate Editor

The Department of Veterans Affairs is making efforts to improve its construction management and a...

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Under its new contract with the U.S. Navy Facilities Engineering Command, a WSP-HKS joint venture has been assigned seven projects. Courtesy HKS.

October 22, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The contract is not exclusive to the two firms, but it lets NAVFAC assign certain projects to the...

©Hoachlander Davis Photography

October 12, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

To date, seven NICoE Spirit satellite centers have been built on the grounds of Fort Belvoir in V...

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A rendering of the $32 million, 94,000-sf medical office building for Main Line Health in partnership with Axia Women’s Health, which broke ground in June in King of Prussia, Pa. NELSON is the architect, Bohler Engineering the CE, Pisarek Enigneering the MEP, O’Donnell & Naccarato the SE, Perkins Eastman the design consultant, and Glackin Thomas Panzak the landscape architect. Image: courtesy of IMC Construction, the project’s CM.  

September 07, 2018 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

A new Transwestern report suggests a “rethinking” of healthcare delivery approaches that lean hea...

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August 22, 2018 | Patrick Licklider

Patrick Licklider, PE, CEM, GGP, LEED AP BD+C, an electrical engineer in Clark Nexsen’s Science +...

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