Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2018

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12 Medical Construction & Design | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2018 | MCDM AG.COM Industry news, awards, etc. Harborview Medical Center has installed a nearly 100 kilowatt solar array on the roof of the West Hospital building. The solar array will be the largest on any hospital in the state of Washington and will help off set the energy costs of the medical center. McKinstry, a Design-Build fi rm, managed the project. The solar array was installed by A&R Solar. Grants from Seattle City Light's Green Up program and the Department of Commerce helped fund the project. Seattle City Light's Green Up program, which provides funding for local renewable energy programs and projects, awarded Harborview $50,000. The Department of Commerce's Energy Effi ciency Grant Program helps state and local agencies pay for energy-effi ciency upgrades and solar installations, and awarded Harborview an additional $47,000. Harborview's Solar Array Largest Among Washington State Hospitals Large projects, baby boomers give boost to healthcare starts In 2017, healthcare starts have fi nally exceeded the 68-76 million square foot range they have been tethered to over the past seven years. Thanks to several large hospital projects, healthcare construction is expected to gain 7 percent to 81 million square feet accompanied by a 5 percent gain to $27.2 billion. During the fi rst nine months of 2017, there were 36 healthcare projects valued at $100 million or more that broke ground, led by such projects as the $1.4-billion Penn Medicine Patient Pavilion in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a $550-million medical center in St. Louis, Missouri and the $465-million Marcus Tower at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia. Despite 2017's gain — assumed to be the result of pent-up demand after years of depressed activity — a great deal of uncertainty remains for this sector. Continued uncertainty is expected to cause healthcare starts to remain little changed in 2018, with starts slipping 1 percent to 80 million square feet while the dollar amount rises 2 percent to $27.8 million. Still, longer-run growth potential remains for the healthcare market. Nearly 28 percent of the U.S. population is over the age of 55 and that proportion will only grow as the large baby boom generation continues to age. POPULATION PUSHES PROJECTS — Source: Dodge Construction Outlook 2018 Image: elenabs/Thinkstock Denver, Colorado-based Bennett Wagner Grody Architects has joined CannonDesign . Founded in 1989 and in its 28th year of practice, the fi rm specializes in education and healthcare markets. SmithGroupJJR now offers mechanical and electrical engineering services in- house at its Los Angeles, San Francisco and San Diego, California offi ces for the fi rst time in the company's 164-year history. Director of Engineering Services and sustainable design expert Don Posson has relocated from Washington, D.C. to Los Angeles to lead this expansion initiative. CBRE Group, Inc. has completed acquisition of Heery International, Inc. (Heery), the project management and design engineering business of the international infrastructure group, Balfour Beatty LLC . Heery will continue to be led by senior executives Ted Sak and Glenn Jardine. A new white paper from Ecore addresses the importance of the proper surface in the healing environment and the infl uence of noise management on clinical care. Titled "Managing Noise in the Healthcare Space through Flooring Specifi cation," the white paper explores how sound can affect the patient experience and impact the quality of care provided. Learn more at IN BRIEF SUSTAINABILITY 36 PROJECTS $100+ MILLION VALUE 81M SQUARE FEET 7% INCREASE HOSPITALS BREAKING GROUND IN THE FIRST NINE MONTHS OF 2017:

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