LED Lighting Changes Trends in Healthcare

Posted by on Oct 21, 2013 in Behind the Design | No Comments
LED Lighting Changes Trends in Healthcare

Of all the elements needed to build new healthcare facilities or update existing ones, lighting has undergone the most changes  in selection criteria.   Lighting has been rocked by the growing use of LEDs (light-emitting diodes). This shift has changed the way architects, lighting designers, and healthcare facility decision-makers approach this specific piece of the design […]

Featured Inspiration

Posted by on Oct 15, 2013 in Featured Artists and Inspirations | No Comments
Featured Inspiration

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia A pioneer in targeted cancer treatments, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia developed a new therapy for patients with relapsed cases of acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The hospital is also studying a way to treat certain types of lymphoma and neuroblastoma with a single pill. It offered the world’s first proton-beam therapy […]

Double Vision – Overcoming State Issued Safety Code in Design

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Behind the Design | No Comments
Double Vision – Overcoming State Issued Safety Code in Design

Healthcare design has seen a cultural shift toward embracing innovation, lean operation and evidence-based design. However, new approaches are often a challenge because of local jurisdictional laws and/or health and safety codes. This year, Design Architectural and Interior Design Showcase awarded Honorable Mention to the Presbyterian Rust Medical Center in Rio Rancho, New Mexico for […]

Family Centered Care

Posted by on Sep 30, 2013 in Featured Artists and Inspirations | No Comments

The following design is another great example of a refreshing solution to  healthcare’s specific design challenges…  Family-Centered Care. Seattle Children’s “Building Hope” project, completed in April 2013, includes a 330,000-square-foot expansion with a focus on family-centered care. Among desired outcomes for the project was a design that would eliminate waiting and maximize visibility. To that […]

Color Splash

Posted by on Sep 26, 2013 in Featured Artists and Inspirations | One Comment
Color Splash

Several new thoughtful design approaches have emerged in Healthcare Architectural and Interior Design.   Each new approach stands out both for it’s form and function. In Healthcare design there are specific design challenges that must be addressed.  Things like patient comfort, family comfort, visibility and nurse and doctor mobility all need to be taken into […]

How Ceilings and Other Architectural Designs Affect Mood

Posted by on Sep 18, 2013 in Behind the Design | No Comments
How Ceilings and Other Architectural Designs Affect Mood

  How can a ceiling can affect one’s mood? “If you’re in the operating room, maybe a low ceiling is better.” Architects have always argued that the structure of building can affect our thoughts, feelings and behaviors.  But now, behavioral scientists have facts to back up those claims. What is more, researchers are just getting […]

Using Google SketchUp for Interior Design

Posted by on Sep 10, 2013 in Behind the Design | No Comments
Using Google SketchUp for Interior Design

Recently featured in Northern Nevada Business Weekly, worldwide designer Marie Wikoff claims to use Google SketchUp to create beautiful renderings.  Wikoff, owner of Wikoff Design Studio in Reno, NV specializes in healthcare design and has traveled all over the world designing. She said this about Google SketchUp: “Lately people have been asking what kind of […]