This Interactive Design Tool Provides a Deeper Understanding of How to Make Healthcare Facilities Safer and More Efficient for All

Posted by on Jul 14, 2017 in Behind the Design
This Interactive Design Tool Provides a Deeper Understanding of How to Make Healthcare Facilities Safer and More Efficient for All

Last year, Marie Wikoff of Wikoff Design Studio in Reno, Nevada, acquired the Evidence-Based Design Accreditation and Certification (EDAC). The accreditation is highly sought after because individuals with this level of expertise can improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs through design. The Center for Health Design provides industry tools that EDAC healthcare design professionals can […]

Three Design Tips to Create a First Impression That Lasts

Posted by on Jul 8, 2017 in Behind the Design

The condition of a healthcare facility speaks volumes to patients, their friends and family and to the staff providing service. The old adage is: You only get one chance to make a good first impression. Below are some quick tips to ensure that healthcare designers can make a first impression that lasts.  Define the First […]

Pediatric Waiting Rooms – Ease Tension with Colorful, Kid-Sized Chairs and Furniture That Can Be Easily Cleaned

Posted by on Jun 16, 2017 in Behind the Design
Pediatric Waiting Rooms – Ease Tension with Colorful, Kid-Sized Chairs and Furniture That Can Be Easily Cleaned

When designing a pediatric waiting room, the goal is to make kids feel comfortable. Familiarity is comforting to kids, especially when they are in a strange place. Using colorful, kid-sized waiting room chairs that can be easily cleaned is one way to bring familiarity, safety and comfort to the waiting room. Standard lobby chairs do […]

A Look at Strip Mall Clinics

Posted by on Mar 24, 2017 in Behind the Design

Modern Healthcare The modern approach to healthcare service is to provide patient centered care. One example of patient centered care is decentralized clinic locations.  Decentralized clinic locations are more convenient for patients and operate at a lower cost. The reduced operating cost is good for the patient because it decreases the cost of care. Because of […]

Tips to Present a Stand Out Design Concept to Clients

Posted by on Feb 23, 2017 in Behind the Design

Truly inspired designs are the result of experience, understanding and imagination. Below are tips to present a stand-out design and make an impact on your clients. The examples are in accordance to healthcare design but the tips will easily span across all areas of design. Listen Having the ability to listen to the client is […]

Modern Approach to Healthcare Lighting Design

Posted by on Feb 9, 2017 in Behind the Design, Uncategorized

Design professionals must be able to incorporate new lighting design technologies and scientific developments into their work. As a healthcare design professional, I know that humans’s perception of light changes as they age. That knowledge helps guide many lighting design decisions. I also know that daylight improves patient well-being and experience but true daylight is […]

Biophilic Design Explained

Posted by on Jan 26, 2017 in Behind the Design, Uncategorized
Biophilic Design Explained

Biophilic Design is an extension of biophilia which literally means the “love of nature.” A Biophilic Design incorporates natural materials, natural light, vegetation, nature views and other experiences of the natural world into the built environment. Biophilic Design Supports Behavioral Health It is understood that humans have an inherent need to affiliate with nature. It […]