05/01/2012

Hospital Design Gets Serious

 

Motivated by improving patient experience and operational efficiency, more hospitals are earning LEED ratings.

Healthcare professionals are looking to building design to streamline and improve the patient experience.

To understand the challenges facing healthcare institutions and their impact on design and construction trends, Mortenson Construction conducted a survey at the 2011 Healthcare Design Conference. More than 300 healthcare administrators and facilities managers, architects, builders, and suppliers provided feedback.

The survey documents a prevalent need for high-functioning buildings that offer improved energy efficiency, sustainability options, and patient-focused designs.

Roughly 70% of healthcare institution respondents pursue LEED or other sustainability certifications on new projects. Others mentioned that LEED is the “responsible response” to environmental concerns and enhances their institution’s reputation.

Architects also strongly support LEED across the board, though some have reservations that the rating is a buzzword without significant savings. More than 90% felt the certification is a “significant opportunity to eliminate waste and reduce energy” and 70% thought it concretely improves energy performance.

Over 52% of healthcare providers believe that “uncertainty in the healthcare market has diminished the value of multi-year facilities master planning,” underscoring the need for facilities management processes to be flexible as well. With this attitude in mind, nearly half of architects think improving operational efficiencies will be increasingly prevalent over the next few years.

Regardless of the challenges, three in four healthcare institutions expect their construction activity to increase over the next 12-24 months, with 27% describing the growth as substantial.

The survey points to one power motivator expressed by the majority of respondents – enhancing facilities and their physical design will improve patient experience and outcomes, staff effectiveness, and employee recruiting and retention.

 

 

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Connectrac wireways offer discrete power and technology connectivity in open interior spaces of all kinds; affordably, quickly and with long-term flexibility.



When choosing a metal-clad building for your next construction project, consider Morton Buildings, Inc., and their designBUILD team, we’ll make your dream a reality.

Visit our website today to learn about the design flexibility of a Morton building and the endless possibilities of partnering with our designBUILD team.

Wood construction is both cost and energy efficient. Check out Morton Buildings and our designBUILD team online today to discover all the benefits of post-frame construction.

We Can Help You Reduce Energy by 30%

Our mission is to help our customers manage their buildings' energy costs, improve reliability, and enhance performance while having a positive impact on the environment.
CLICK HERE to find out how.


Mitsubishi Electric’s H2i R2-Series heat pumps provide 100% heating capacity down to 0° F and simultaneous heating and cooling down to -4° F delivering year-round comfort, regardless of climate zone.

 
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