Designing buildings for an uncertain future –


Gold Award: Shirley Ryan AbilityLab

Silver Award: Children's Pavilion at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU

Bronze Award: Indian River Medical Center Scully-Welsh Cancer Center

Environmentally Friendly Award: Meridian Center for Health

All submissions for Modern Healthcare's 2017 Design Awards

Winners of Fashionable Healthcare's 32nd annual Design Awards are on the forefront of two main business tendencies: constructing versatile areas that may face up to dramatic modifications to the healthcare supply mannequin and re-connecting sufferers and their suppliers to nature in environmentally pleasant amenities.

Of the 4 awards this yr, two went to tasks that not solely included nature into the constructing's design but additionally prolonged the amenities into the outside to profit sufferers, suppliers and the better neighborhood—bronze medal-successful Indian River Medical Middle Scully-Welsh Most cancers Middle in Vero Seashore, Fla., designed by Array Architects, and the Meridian Middle for Well being in Seattle, designed by NBBJ, winner of the environmentally pleasant award.

All 4 amenities—together with gold medal winner Shirley Ryan AbilityLab in Chicago, designed by HDR and Gensler in affiliation with CWa; and silver medal winner Youngsters's Pavilion at Youngsters's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, designed by HKS—had been inbuilt versatile areas to accommodate proof-primarily based care and a future the place new approaches have but to be found.

A lot of the pliability comes from buildings' infrastructure, stated NBBJ Senior Affiliate Brian Uyesugi, who served because the lead designer on the Meridian Middle for Well being. It requires designers and purchasers to have the foresight to construct areas that may function a med-surg room right this moment and an ICU room tomorrow, added design award decide Mary Frazier, principal at New York Metropolis-primarily based built-in agency EwingCole.

“You were not seeing main acute-care amenities that truly received these awards,” stated decide Todd Robinson, of Nashville structure agency ESa. “I believe that spoke to the occasions.”

Newly constructed reducing-edge specialty amenities require most performance, even because the areas are reworked to suit into the ever-altering fashions of care.

“As healthcare coverage and reimbursement proceed to place plenty of stress on healthcare organizations, organizations are attempting to construct for the future and are not certain what that future holds,” stated decide Cecilia DeLoach Lynn, director of sector efficiency and recognition at Follow Greenhealth.

Designers and suppliers have little or no quantitative knowledge of a constructing's impression on proof-primarily based care supply fashions, though researchers are starting to trace outcomes, stated Abigail Clary, HDR principal-in-cost of the AbilityLab, previously often known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.

An uncertain future additionally requires amenities that may contribute to surroundings air pollution and devastation as little as potential whereas bettering a well being system's return on funding. Design tendencies equivalent to photo voltaic panels, bioswales, downsized HVAC ducts and most use of pure mild will grow to be customary within the healthcare amenities of the future.

Within the meantime, well being methods need to these tendencies to spice up sustainability whereas getting affected person suggestions to enhance performance.

“They're paying increasingly consideration to who their inhabitants is and the way the constructing is located within the material of the neighborhood and together with the stakeholders, fairly than reacting to their wants,” DeLoach Lynn stated. “Designers and designers are attempting to get a greater understanding of their affected person inhabitants and what is going on to work finest for them.”

Amanda Eisenberg is a contract author primarily based in Montvale, N.J.

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