News Category: Insights

Inside Active Cost Management Strategies

As healthcare architects, we’re committed to ensuring that value, cost, schedule and constructability are all basic components of the design criteria. We engage in what we call Active Cost Management strategies (ACM), which allows our clients to be actively involved in evaluating and refining project costs throughout the design process. A great example of howRead More >

Design Lessons learned for Future Pandemics

As we have all learned from COVID-19, even with all of the medical advancements in our society, we are all affected by the consequences of a pandemic. Healthcare systems and organizations especially have had to develop programs to identify transmission risks and mitigate them quickly. This is particularly true for hospitals, which are vulnerable toRead More >

Elements of Design

A Closer Look at Real-Time Rendering Accurate renderings are one of the most essential tools an architect can use to help clients visualize a concept.  An informed client makes better decisions because they have an increased understanding of the design while it is still “on paper;” otherwise, they may be surprised when they see theRead More >

The Perfect Reception

Did you know that the initial experience at the reception desk often shapes the customer’s impression of an organization? It’s true! The first impression is the last impression, and we know from our own work as healthcare designers that even seemingly small details like the space around the reception desk can have a big impactRead More >

Thinking Inside the Box

Q: How can we make healthcare more convenient, accessible, and affordable, while at the same time helping to fill up the growing inventory of large vacant buildings around the country? A: By taking healthcare out of the most expensive buildings—hospitals–and placing it in lower-cost structures in local communities, bringing care closer to populations. The worldRead More >

Hidden Design Innovation

Probably no area of a hospital is more densely packed with infrastructure than the ceilings of operating rooms and interventional radiology rooms.  Structurally, this includes supports for monitor and equipment booms, patient lifts, surgical lights, and ceiling-mounted radiology equipment such as C-arms, which can be movable on a track system throughout the room.  The needRead More >