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.

Health Care Design Caters to Autism Spectrum Disorder

By Viviane Chan
More and more people are being diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). For health care construction and design professionals, this means that a greater understanding of the special requirements of this growing patient demographic is needed to create spaces that are optimized to their wellbeing.

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.

Incomplete Construction Leads Lawmakers to Ask for Change

When plans to build a Veterans Hospital took shape in 2010, no one expected things to get so complicated. Six years later the Veterans Hospital, located in Aurora is still under construction and on Sept. 23 lawmakers asked the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate if Veterans Affairs (VA) executives lied to congress to conceal excessive construction costs.

Insight into Feasibility

By Scott Heywood
An accurate feasibility study makes it possible to support a facilities group request for the funding of a new project with clarity and confidence. A solid feasibility study will not only show what needs to be done, but also how it can be done within a precise time frame and within a well-researched cost estimate. The feasibility study empowers a facilities team to be as knowledgeable and persuasive as possible before presenting to decision makers.