Double Vision – Overcoming State Issued Safety Code in Design

Posted by on Oct 7, 2013 in Behind the Design
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

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
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
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
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 […]

Rooftop Garden with Putting Green

Posted by on Sep 2, 2013 in Featured Projects
Rooftop Garden with Putting Green

Gardening can help people heal from sickness and increase their ability to function. What is it about digging in the dirt that’s so helpful? Maybe it’s the fresh air that perks us up. Maybe it’s seeing the rewards of our work: the big pile of weeds we’ve pulled or the row of seedlings we’ve planted. […]

Latest Advances in Hospital Design: The New Parkland Hospital

Posted by on Aug 26, 2013 in Featured Artists and Inspirations

Last week  Healthcare Design Magazine, American Institute of Architects, Academy of Architecture for Health, and The Center for Healthcare Design hosted a conference in Dallas, bringing more than 125 architects, engineers and designers from around the country to learn about the latest advances in hospital design. Dallas was the chosen location because the conference hosts wanted to […]