Best Practices When Considering Hospital Floors

By Aaron Hartung
From cleanliness and accessibility to heavy wear, hospitals face a unique set of challenges. Flooring is no exception. It’s a crucial part of creating a quality care setting. Below, are various factors to consider when choosing flooring for a health care facility and also steps on how to incorporate evidence-based design into a hospital flooring plan.

Insight Into Feasibility: Part II

By Scott Heywood
A feasibility study is designed to uncover the strengths and weaknesses of any project. Not only does this evaluate a project’s potential for success, it helps document every aspect of planning, engineering and construction while revealing the full scope of the project. To complete a feasibility study in full, precise documentation during each phase of the project is critical. In Part I of this article, the benefits of communication and accessibility were discussed, now specifics of the study are explored a bit more thoroughly.

Commissioners Approve Initial Contract for Lincoln County Medical Center Complex

Lincoln County commissioners announced Nov. 17 plans to move forward with a contract for the construction of the emergency medical services portion (EMS) of the new 10,000-square-foot Lincoln County Medical Center complex in Albuquerque. Albuquerque-based Jaynes Corporation will work as the general contractor and Albuquerque-based Dekker/Perich/Sabatini will be responsible for design.

Overcoming Challenges For a Successful Expansion-Renovation Project

By Kevin Miller and April C. Woods
Health care expansion-renovation projects pose many challenges, including designing a mechanical-electrical-plumbing (MEP) system that integrates existing, renovated and new building components; minimizing construction impacts on operations, revenue and patient care; and scheduling to enable timely commissioning, state licensing inspections and re-occupancy.

Samaritan Medical Center Breaks Ground on Cancer Center

A groundbreaking ceremony held Oct. 31 marked the start of construction on the Walker Center for Cancer Care in Watertown. The new 22,000-square-foot facility will provide comprehensive care for local and regional cancer patients.

SoilFreeze’s Refrigeration Technology Saves Costs During Health Care Construction

SoilFreeze, based in Seattle, provides a unique technology that can reduce time and costs during construction projects. As the only U.S. construction company specializing in ground-freezing technology, SoilFreeze provides services like structural shoring, groundwater cutoff and soil contamination remediation for health care facilities and other commercial buildings.

Mental Health Care Facility Breaks Ground in Sussex County

Before the groundbreaking ceremony took place Nov. 2, a standalone psychiatric facility did not exist in Sussex County. Now, a new $25 million psychiatric hospital in Georgetown is expected to bring 133 jobs as well as crisis care to the people who need it most.

Jefferson Health Care Opens $21 Million Emergency and Specialty Services Building

On Oct. 23, Jefferson Health Care welcomed patients to its new 52,900-square-foot Emergency and Specialty Services Building (ESSB) in Port Townsend. The welcoming ceremony included speeches from U.S. Representative Derek Kilmer, D-Washington, guided tours and refreshments.

Sound Masking Addresses Noise and Speech Privacy in Hospitals

By Niklas Moeller
In order to comply with the speech privacy requirements established by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in 2000, hospitals are increasingly installing sound masking to address scores related to the quietness of patients’ rooms at night.

Brigham and Women’s Hospital Opens Doors at New Facility

Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s Building for Transformative Medicine located in Boston opened its doors to patients Oct. 3. The building is designed to serve patients suffering from chronic neurologic, orthopedic, and rheumatologic conditions like Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease and rheumatoid arthritis.