The patient-focused design of the 32,516-m2 (350,000-sf) St. Elizabeth’s Hospital in O’Fallon, Illinois, offers more space, greater efficiencies, and a modern appearance. Providing both the desired appearance and required performance, metal ceiling panels help create the building’s four exterior canopies.
Architecture and interior design firm Chicago Design Network has promoted Simon Paca and Brandon Simak, LEED AP, as new partners. The two join firm principals David McCarty, Deborah Winchester, and Edwin Linn.
A new infection control risk assessment (ICRA) protocol ensures all projects done in healthcare facilities limit death-causing contaminants such as mold and dust. These protocols include establishing a negative pressure environment, building and sealing soft walls, controlling contaminates, and more. This assessment program is important for the building trades, specifically floorcovering installation, as it plays such a significant role in healthcare facilities.