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The Hidden Advantage: Enriching the Patient Experience with Successful MEP Infrastructure

Today’s healthcare leaders are driven to provide patients with the utmost positive care experience. In today’s competitive marketplace, even the slightest step ahead can result in miles gained. A significant factor in a patient’s experience is an environment where mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems are seamlessly integrated. Read More …

4 Insights to Address Patient and User Facility Needs

A great way of gaining perspective is through experience. For me personally, as a healthcare designer, learning how a patient responds to a facility’s design requires taking on the patient’s perspective; for example, touring healthcare facilities after hours, observing how past design decisions have played out and Read More …

BWBR Launches Operational Planning Services Division

Recognizing that organizational efficiency is found in more than the physical space, BWBR has launched a new operational planning service that assists hospitals and organizations in meeting efficiency, experience, quality and safety goals. Read More …

Healthcare Facility Commissioning: Closing the gap between building performance and code requirements

Building commissioning requirements for commercial buildings are slowly being accepted throughout the country. This progression is occurring through the adoption of energy and green codes, such as the International Energy Conservation Code and the International Green Construction Code. The Joint Commission uses these guidelines, where applicable, to determine the accreditation of hospitals. Read More …

Optimizing Healthcare Construction, Operations With BIM

Building Information Modeling is an integral part of providing construction services for healthcare facilities. Whether during design, estimating or construction, the process lends itself to building virtually by demonstrating its true value. Whether saving labor through improved fabrication techniques, reducing risk by engineering a hazard out of the equation or operating a building more efficiently with a data-rich model — the use of BIM should always be where it makes the most sense. To do so requires an equal amount of commitment and coordination from clients, design teams and subcontractors. Read More …

Building Wellness: Top reasons facility assessments are critical for healthcare organizations

In the healthcare environment, decisions to demolish, renovate or build new facilities are not to be taken lightly. Many healthcare systems are struggling with increasingly obsolete buildings, systems and facilities with diminishing budgets, especially in regard to operations and maintenance. Read More …

Fire Safety: New codes, materials guide design and construction of today’s healthcare facilities

According to the latest numbers from the NFPA’s Fire Analysis & Research Division, U.S. fire departments respond to an average of 6,240 structure fires in healthcare properties per year. These fires can cause an average of $52 million in property damage annually1. Read More …

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