Medical Construction & Design

SEP-OCT 2014

Medical Construction & Design (MCD) is the industry's leading source for news and information and reaches all disciplines involved in the healthcare construction and design process.

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46 Medical Construction & Design | September/October 2014 T he healthcare industry is under- going major changes, propelled by new models for delivering healthcare with a growing em- phasis on wellness and preventive care. Sustainable design for healthcare is likewise evolving. There is an emerging focus on creating spaces that promote patient health and community well-being. Traditionally, sustainable design centered on the building itself, concen- trating on reducing a negative environ- mental impact or "doing less bad." Now, sustainable design emphasizes making things better by promoting net-positive building performance and by elevating the human experience to improve overall health of communities with facilities that are visibly healthy. While energy, carbon, water, waste, materials and land use have dominated the sustainable design conversation in the past, the human impact of build- ings is emerging as a top priority for healthcare organizations, designers and community leaders. Individual and community behavior can be infl uenced to promote health and well-being by elevating design to prioritize the human experience perspective in healthcare sustainable design. Within a healthcare environment — or any workplace environment — build- ing occupants function on three basic human scales: individual, co-workers and community. Properly considering each scale gives a new look and fresh solutions that help shape the future of facility design and healthcare services. Taking a human-scale approach to healthcare design assumes there is social and community aspects of sustainability, and further reinforces the concept that the buildings we live and work in create social connections that promote health. By breaking down the sustainable healthcare design process into the three human scales, it's easy to see how each impacts the other. Asking the right questions can lead to better design and improved experiences for staff and patients. Individual scale What ability to adapt and customize working conditions is needed for indi- viduals? How much private workspace is needed compared to collaborative space? Providing spaces for individual quiet work with the fl exibility to adjust workspace confi guration temperature and lighting to suit individual needs is important for staff satisfaction, work performance and a feeling of well- being. As the trend toward collaborative environments continues, it will remain important to provide for individual needs, including quiet spaces for concentration. These solitary spaces should be warm and inviting but not isolating, optimally adjacent to group work areas. Spaces that have visual interest without being distracting can provide a stimulating place to be productive for individual work Northeast Georgia Medical Center Braselton, under construction 40 miles northeast of Atlanta, is one of the leading sustainable hospitals in the U.S., featuring an innovative use of a geothermal system, reclaimed "purple pipe" water for irrigation and "dark sky" lighting to reduce light pollution. sustainable green The human scale in sustainable healthcare design By Stan Chiu & Patrick Thibaudeau perspectives Fresh RENDERING: HGA ARCHITECTS AND ENGINEERS

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