Evidence-based design: four traits of a smart hospital floor plan

Building smart means having a plan that works, whatever the build may be. When we’re talking hospital Design-Build, a plan that works means creating spaces that best serve the needs of the patients who will be using them. We’ve got more than fifty years of first-hand experience mapping out floor plans, and we know there are a few simple traits that get the job done.

Safe and secure hospital design

Forward-thinking hospitals plan for security operations early in the hospital design phase. They consider the impact of mandatory security and safety checks on day-to-day hospital operations, and test and plan for obstacles created by the hospital floor plan that could arise during an emergency.

Sustainable hospital design

Efficient hospital floor plans account for implementing motion-activated lights in non-clinical areas in order to reduce the use of energy when necessary. During the building phase, smart builders recycle all applicable materials, earning LEED points for the structure. They also incorporate renewable materials and products with low VOC emissions into the design.

Navigable hospital design

Great facilities put navigation first. Windows that look out on exterior landmarks help visitors navigate large, complex healthcare facilities. Additionally, forward-thinking hospitals offer electronic versions of their hospital floor plans for viewing on mobile devices.

Calming hospital design

More and more, we see an increase in the use of natural light in hospital design due to the link between natural light and the healing process. Incorporating natural surroundings, such as indoor gardens, landscapes and aquariums, into a hospital’s floor plan provides a more pleasing environment for patients and visitors alike. Additionally, the use of hand-held mobile devices for clinical staff communication reduces the disruptions that patients and visitors experience from loud, obtrusive paging systems.

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