Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 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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44 Medical Construction & Design | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | MCDM AG.COM Over the past decade, the healthcare industry has experienced a sea of change that has prompted innovation. Hospitals need to be completely reimagined from places people go when sick, to vibrant and well-integrated community centers of well-being. This means creating new levels of integration and interconnection with the existing landscape, community amenities and systems and sustainable infrastructure and networks by thoroughly analyzing opportunities to connect beyond the boundaries of the hospital facility or campus. These successful connections are wide- ranging, highly diverse and can be as sim- ple as pedestrian pathways that enhance walkability and social connection, or as complex as districts of shared sustainable infrastructure and/or sustainable energy networks. The following are top consider- ations for pioneering this innovation: Interconnecting structure to landscape + systems Connecting to the landscape is fundamen- tal to eff ective site design. Successful inte- gration includes thinking about the exist- ing systems running through the site, the existing topography and how to connect the new structure into its landscape. The way buildings are situated on a site impacts sun and wind eff ects. Depending on the climate, designers may want to provide shelter from these elements or harness them to help impact the tempera- ture for occupants and increase the energy effi ciency of the building. A Site to SEE Pioneering vibrant, integrated community well-being through landscapes BY TIMOTHY J. SPENCE

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