Medical Construction & Design

JAN-FEB 2018

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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18 Medical Construction & Design | JA N UA RY/ F EBRUA RY 2018 | MCDM AG.COM Facilities' owners and operators are taking notice of fl ooring as a system rather than just another pretty fi nish. Owners and operators are eager to understand the benefi ts and challenges of the wide variety of fl ooring options to make informed decisions on what's best for their facility. Today, healthcare fl ooring should be aesthetically pleasing, sustainable in its product material and chemical makeup and have characteristics that contribute to a patient's healing, such as low VOC, fall protection and prevention and acoustical aspects. It is also important that fl ooring allows facilities' staff to maintain a clean, infection-free environment without a multiple-step cleaning protocol. Healthcare fl ooring is Today's top three trends, inspiration behind healthcare fl ooring Spotlight Flooring NATURAL LOOKS (Top) Phthalate-free vinyl plank contributes to better indoor air quality, while the wood tones provide residential warmth. The different fl oor colors draw eyes to the open seating areas and visually create distinct zones. > The color and shape of the brown porcelain tile mimics a wood plank, while the contrasting lighter curved path guides the visitor through the interior garden back to the water feature and elevators. Motivation Behind Innovation BY HEATHER FLANNERY

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