Tag Archives: Healthcare

Layering security controls for healthcare projects

Looking down a hospital hall way lights

It is not difficult to imagine the need for security in healthcare environments. Where are the eyes and ears ensuring the safety of a newborn transported from labor and delivery? Can family members visiting a sick relative be confident their valuables are safe at bedside if they leave to grab a snack? What security precautions are taken when a rear exterior door to the hospital is propped open so staff can take a break?

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Prescription for Energy Savings: Reducing cost and consumption with upgraded cooling tower fans

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The average hospital uses three times the energy of typical commercial buildings, and U.S. medical facilities spend $8.8 billion annually on energy. Between lighting, medical equipment, HVAC, and plumbing, energy consumption in medical facilities outpaces any other type of building. For large hospital systems, annual costs can reach into the tens of millions of dollars—no small amount in an industry of thin margins.

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Designing Stone Wool Ceiling Assemblies

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Stone wool’s various attributes are making the material attractive for use in suspended ceilings in educational, office, and healthcare projects. This article touches on such assemblies’ acoustics, air quality and light reflection impacts, along with information about fire performance, humidity, and dimensional stability. Design professionals must also understand the aesthetic possibilities, including flexibility with edges, sizes, colors, surfaces, shapes, and textures.

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Designing to Prevent Infection

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U.S. healthcare organizations increasingly face the most daunting medical challenge since the pre-antibiotic age thanks to an aging population and ever-increasing multi-drug resistant and environmentally adaptive pathogens. Architects and designers have an important role in providing successful patient care. They may design an environment that inadvertently accumulates, propagates, and circulates pathogens or one which is the best ally in continually mitigating the bioburden that spreads disease. What should be done?

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