Growing Together at Stanford Children’s Health

Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford located in Palo Alto, is undergoing a $1.2 billion expansion set to open in summer 2017. It will add 521,000 square feet to hospital grounds as well as 149 patient beds. The project has been in development since 2006.

Riding the Curve to High Operational Efficiency

By Michelle Mader
The health care industry is rapidly moving away from the traditional fee-for-service delivery model toward a value-based, population-based delivery model; however, large, regional providers are still largely supported by fee-for-service care. To remain cost-competitive, health care organizations must encourage their providers to move toward a more cost-effective delivery model. In order to enable their providers to make this move, organizations need to change existing infrastructure to create a leaner working environment. They must achieve these goals with the lowest possible capital investment because the landscape is anticipated to significantly change over the next 10 years.

Design Team Receives Praise for New Denver Health Building

By Sue Rose
RTA Architects teamed with Denver-based Hensel-Phelps Construction to create the largest community health center in the Denver Health system in a medically underserved area of the city.

Dining Facility at Brigham and Women’s Hospital Showcases Design Trend

The new, $11 million Garden Café @ 75 Francis, located in the Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, is scheduled for completion in September. The new dining experience represents a trend in health care design that is intended to enhance the end-user experience for patients, visitors and hospital staff, according to Cambridge, Mass.-based Bruner/Cott Architects who worked on the renovation project, which began in early 2015.

Construction Beings on OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) on June 16 hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for its new Knight Cancer Institute research building. The new $160 million, 320,000-square-foot facility will house myriad research programs focused on early cancer detection, computational biology and immuno-oncology, among others.

Combining Privacy & Safety in Health Care Design

By Jeff Razwick and Jean-Francois Couturier
Privacy is a patient’s right even more so than it is a courtesy. While much has been made of protecting a patient’s medical information and files, it is equally important to safeguard a patient’s physical privacy during exams, consultations and hospital stays. Physical privacy provides comfort and dignity at a time when those in medical-need can be at their most vulnerable. As such, it is important that privacy solutions in exam rooms and other patient-sensitive areas are easily adjustable to balance ongoing staff monitoring with auditory and visual privacy.

Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center Honored at Annual Award Ceremony

The Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center design-build team of Taylor Design, McCarthy Building Companies Inc., SmithGroupJJR (all companies working out of a California-based office) and Los Angeles Department of Public Works was honored at the 46th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council (LABC) on June 16 at the Beverly Hilton. The event, which drew an audience of 500 leading design and building professionals, along with top city officials, recognized 35 architectural and design projects for setting new standards of design excellence, innovation and sustainability.

Construction Concludes on Stanford Children’s Health Specialty Services Center

Level 10 Construction, based in Sunnyvale announced on June 21 that it has completed construction of the $47 million Stanford Children’s Health pediatric specialty services center in Sunnyvale.

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Breaks Ground on Surgical Tower

The M.T. Mustian Center at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare (TMH) recently started construction with Birmingham, Ala.-based Brasfield & Gorrie. Demolition and site work was already underway for new surgical tower during the groundbreaking ceremony on June 3. The project, expected to take 30 months to complete, will wrap up in early 2019. It will bring modern design and equipment to the hospital’s adult intensive care and operating rooms.

Kaiser Permanente Makes Aggressive Green Goals for 2025

Kaiser Permanente, an Oakland-based health care system, set new and aggressive environmental goals for the year 2025, including becoming carbon net positive and sending zero waste to landfills. There is not yet an estimate for the cost of the changes taking place, but operations, investments, grant making, public policy, research and community collaborations will need to create new strategies.