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Design Challenges: A Cancer Patient’s Perspective

As a marketer for an architecture firm, part of my job is to put myself in the shoes of a healthcare system client, consider their wants and needs for their facilities and work with our team to deliver the right plan and message to meet their expectations. Through my work, I’ve learned so much about specific healthcare spaces, such as ambulatory surgery centers, inpatient hospitals, sports medicine, NICU space needs and cancer treatment facilities.

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Prefab + Collaboration = Winning Combo for Dignity Health – St. Rose Dominican Siena

With the enactment of the healthcare law, the rebounding Nevada economy and a substantial increase in population, Las Vegas, Nevada has been more than a little motivated to expand and improve its healthcare offerings. A major player fulfilling the need is Dignity Health’s St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, including its Siena campus in Henderson, Nevada. Because of its proximity to the strip, former CEO Rod Davis requested the finishes mirror the tone and feel of the area’s signature hospitality industry. Read More …

Presence Center for Advanced Care: Creating sustainable populations one outpatient center at a time

Research has shown that access to health and wellness propagates active and sustainable communities. There is an emphasis on improving population health by a comprehensive and holistic approach to wellness.

This has never been more evident than in Chicago, Illinois, at the newest outpatient center on the campus of Presence Saint Joseph Hospital. Read More …

New Sentara Leigh Hospital Tower Marks Milestone for Replacement Project

The March 2015 opening of the five-story West Tower at Sentara Leigh Hospital in Norfolk, Virginia marked the latest of many milestones in a long journey to replace the 38-year-old, 250-bed hospital within its own footprint. To fully appreciate the Sentara Leigh story, you have to look back almost a decade to the adoption of a master plan for the 31-acre campus, which includes six outpatient buildings. Read More …

Speeding Up Hospital Construction

Located in Dallas, Texas, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center (UT Southwestern) is one of the leading medical education and biomedical research institutions in the United States. With more than 2 million outpatient visits and nearly 91,000 hospitalized patients annually, UT Southwestern has continued to expand its medical facilities to accommodate demand. Read More …

Serving the Brave: Austin VA Outpatient Clinic provides community of care for veterans

More than 25,000 veterans in the Austin, Texas area no longer have to travel 70 miles to receive a full spectrum of healthcare, education and social services from a Veterans Affairs facility. Quadruple the size of its predecessor, the new Austin VA Outpatient Clinic was designed “to care for those who have borne the battle.” At the time of its completion, the 275,000-square-foot facility was the largest leased freestanding VA outpatient clinic in the U.S. Read More …

Tradition Medical Center Embodies ‘Start Smart, Design Smart, Build Smart’

Designed and built at the height of the recession, the 90-bed satellite hospital opened its doors Dec. 18, 2013 — on schedule, despite 63 rain days during construction, and several million dollars under budget. Read More …

Generative Space Ushers in Flourishing Environments

The concept of “generative space” was developed in 2003. Since then, the research-based concept has given birth to a new generation of facilities that share one common element — they are places of flourishing for the full spectrum of users.
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Ecotherapy: Healing the body by healing the Earth

The term “biophilia,” which literally translates as “love of life or living systems,” is used to describe the theory that suggests there is an instinctive bond between human beings and other living systems and that this bond is essential to good physical and mental health.1 We have a natural attraction to all that is alive and vital — all humans have “the urge to affiliate with other forms of life.”2 Read More …

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