Medical Construction & Design

MAY-JUN 2018

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54 Medical Construction & Design | M AY/ J U N E 2018 | MCDM AG.COM The physiology of the medi- cal campus and its edifi ces has experienced a dramatic change in permeability, transparency and accessibility. Glass — the most vulnerable of all building elements — has multiplied from being a treasured 10-15 percent of a building's cladding to, in many cases, 50 percent or more today. What has driven this movement to more clearly ex- pose and reveal the inner work- ings of the healthcare machine with increasingly transparent and invisible membranes? We are truly seeing evidence of the shift in attitude toward healthcare as a more knowable and accessible aspect in modern society — intelligence and con- trol over health in all its facets is a power we've gained almost exponentially of late. We are seeing more clearly than ever into our healthcare buildings — seeing people, patients and providers. With eyes "more open" we are seeing more discernible paths into clinics and hospitals, into health processes and into healthier lives. Have we reached a level of discovery and empowerment with our health and its work- ings that we have become a more present and proactive part of the care team? Has the veil of mystery been lifted suffi ciently that we better understand both the advancement of science and healing, our part in the process and embrace what we have yet to learn together through increased collaboration? Are we approaching health with more confi dence and certainty? We can resoundingly say "yes!" Let there be light Healthcare institutions are say- ing so like never before. Aside from expanding the transpar- ency of exteriors, consider the high-light transmittance and low-refl ectivity coeffi cients available in these glazing sys- tems to allow what we've always inherently known (but haven't necessarily heeded) — the healthy aspects of light, views and connection to nature — be experienced with vividness. The advancements in the technology of glass coatings have progressed such that no longer are the dark, heavy and mirrored treatments of the past necessary to block the harmful rays of the sun. Project teams are pushing for low-lead, high- clarity solutions. Even window shades when necessary for shading or privacy are off er- ing levels of transparency like never before. One may specify an open weave that allows for 3, 5 or 10 percent transparency. Even though access to care and knowledge has increased by the proliferation of community care centers and clinics in stride with telehealth and online resources, consider how the physical depths — the interiors of — the deepest healthcare in- stitutions have been reduced by the introduction of the layering of transparent and translucent glass, synthetic and resinous systems. Armed with these weapons of wayfi nding, we are creating (Clockwise in photo): A low-lead glass curtainwall ushers in exterior views and light at Jordan Valley Cancer Center in Utah. Storefront glass with rice paper mylar fi lm opens views to the infusion therapy suite and to the dual-level interior/exterior glazed fi replace. Cantilevered tempered glass guardrails reveal views down to the main level living area and entry. BY BY B BY Y N AT AT AT HA H HA A N N N M MU U RR RR RR RR AY AY AY AY Y Y Y Y | P P P P P HO HO HO HO TO T S BY BY Y J J J IM IM M F F AI AI AI AI RC RC RC R C HI HI HI HI I HI I I I I I H I I H I H I H LD LD LD LD D LD LD LD LD LD LD L LD D LD LD LD LD LD LD LD D L LD LD D L LD LD LD L D L LD L LD L D LD D Bring down those walls with glass

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