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  • Healthcare systems are challenging the value of delivery of care versus facility ownership and management. Many are questioning initial capital investments that add to a stable of a depreciative real estate and are looking to enter into build‐to-suit, long‐term lease agreements in another owner’s building. New medical office buildings, including outpatient facilities in dense urban environments...

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  • Array’s first wellness week and Movember initiatives have concluded, providing many takeaways for staff across our eight offices. Activities like mocktail happy hours, steps challenges and beard-growing competitions encouraged camaraderie. While wellness week focused its education sessions on “health in the built environment” rather than health and wellness overall, both efforts brought staff t...

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  • Words are powerful. Graphic designers have an amazing ability to elevate words to communicate objectives, which can promote the greater good. We can move people, evoke desire in them and make a difference, all because we have persuaded them through our artfully designed and branded campaigns. Naturally, we as humans are attracted to beauty.

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  • The first video-sharing site, ShareYourWorld.com, founded in 1997, was ahead of its time. While it disbanded in 2001 due to bandwidth limitations and financial insecurity, it paved the way for sites like YouTube to “go viral”. When computer and videography technologies began to catch up to one another in the early 2000s, internet-based video began to surpass the presence of the televis...

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  • Often, when a client is moving a physician group to new space, we, as designers, need to move very quickly to have the desired space move-in ready so there is no disruption of patient services. I recently worked on an accelerated design and construction project to ensure a busy pediatric care practice did not experience any downtime.

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The Future of Labs

  • I had the opportunity to present to the Trespa Scientific Surface Solutions Division at their Global Sales Conference in Barcelona, Spain on June 14, 2017. With representation from China, India, Europe and the US, my presentation focused on laboratory trends and primarily on how the US design and construction markets operate, especially with the role of the lab planner, which is quite ...

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  • Whenever a new project starts, the client is excited about the prospect of a new unit or building designed for them. So much so that I sometimes think the clinicians might show up to the first meeting ready to swing a hammer or pour some concrete as though they were starting a home improvement project. But at times that initial surge of excitement and energy on the project is tempered ...

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  • Did you think, as I initially did, that A3s are only for problem solving? It turns out they aren’t; there are several flavors. For us at Array the meeting account A3 is closest to the Status Report style, albeit on a more incremental project level.

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  • Being a hospital patient can be a stressful and scary experience for both patient and family. The patients find themselves pulled from their comfort zone and can easily feel separated from loved ones during their stay. Their most intimate experiences are now shared with complete strangers.

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  • One of the first questions asked when working with healthcare systems to design a space is, “Do you have standards”. The term has come to have a negative connotation over time due to the challenges and failures of previous standards programs. Often systems struggle with maintaining accountability for standards implementation; the standards become either out dated or so prescriptive tha...

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  • The FGI Guidelines for Design and Construction has been used for decades to implement minimum standards for healthcare buildings. What began as a federal document to implement Congressional legislation from 1946 has since evolved into a document reviewed and revised on a regular cycle of four years.

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  • USP <800> is the current buzzword in clinical pharmacies. But what exactly does it all mean? Generally, it means more safety precautions for those receiving, storing, mixing, preparing, transporting and administering hazardous drugs, as well as creating separate spaces for these hazardous drugs, both compounding and storage. These spaces are required to comply in clinical pharmacies, b...

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Achieving BIM Nirvana

  • As Building Information Modeling (BIM) continues to permeate the AECO industry, firms are developing data-rich design models that address both immediate and downstream criteria. Models tend to grow in size almost exponentially, often becoming unwieldy for project teams to manage. With little-to-no educated direction, ill-informed maintenance regimes and management practices can lead wa...

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  • Lean is a management philosophy and improvement methodology that is applicable in any organization or industry. Even in the non-transactional, low-volume and high-variation world that is professional services, Lean provides both the framework and an approach for empowering people to drive increased quality rigorously. Although the knowledge industry, which author Jim Benson famously re...

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  • The Challenge My son, Ramzi, and I were getting into a rut. Every morning we’d wake up and get ready for school. After a few minutes of cuddling on the couch and having a little snack to start the day it would be time to get dressed and head to school. That’s when the wheels fell off. He’d say he was too tired or couldn’t get his clothes on. I would start calmly but very soon get frus...

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  • While all of our designs affect healthcare, not all are the typical ‘face’ of healthcare – an emergency department expansion, a new physician’s office or an outpatient surgery center. Some of our spaces most patients will never experience. I am part of a team that is designing an off-campus clinical laboratory, which will process thousands of specimens a year for several area hospitals...

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  • Featured in Medical Design & Construction, January/February 2017. While no one would argue against the clinical benefits that the private patient room model yields, it’s worth pausing to analyze the physical forms that are natural offsprings of current code mandates and operational practices. As our designs rapidly evolve to keep pace with industry changes, we must not forget elements...

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  • The Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly known as the Intern Development Program (IDP), is a program by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards that facilitates Architectural Licensure. Candidates need to achieve their “three Es” – Education, Experience, and Examination – to become licensed professionals.

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  • I recently had the opportunity to represent Array on Philadelphia University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment Advancement Council. The Council comprises industry members from a variety of markets and roles. We are asked twice a year to participate in a half-day workshop to provide direction to the academic leaders as they develop new programs.

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  • As mentioned in Part I of my Pediatric Patient Room of the Future blog, the patient and their families, as well as the potential of rapidly-changing technology, dictates that flexibility in all aspects of planning and design be at the forefront of every endeavor. In this blog, I will focus on Safety & Infection Control and the Healing Environment.

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  • It is overwhelming how many books, articles and blogs there are about Lean and Six Sigma. Google “Lean Six Sigma” and there are more than two million results. But I haven’t found anything yet that explores one important aspect when applying these techniques to building design:

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  • Array Architects’ technology division, Array Analytics, an innovative Software as a Service (SaaS) solution provider for the healthcare industry, has partnered with Esri, a global market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), to accelerate product development and significantly expand its market presence. Healthcare systems will find this geospatial solution to be instrumental ...

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  • Healthcare projects in New York State involving new construction and renovation typically require application to and inspection by the New York State Department of Health (DOH). From the New York State DOH:

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  • No matter the size, scope or phase of a project, each one can benefit from Array’s process-driven lean design approach; even when the project is a departmental master plan. Thinking about our approach from a master plan perspective, and a limited scope master plan at that, made me realize just how flexible an approach it is. 

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  • As an emerging professional in the field of architecture, I find that the most rewarding experiences come from the ability to make a difference in the lives we serve and the future of the architecture profession, students and recent graduates.

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  • Why Are Standards Not Standardized?

    In my professional experience, I've come across numerous office cultures and ways of doing things. I've always wondered how hundreds of hours might be spent developing documentation and procedural standards, only to have a firm "come up short" in terms of adoption. With this in mind, I've developed a few educated conclusions as to why a lack of adherence typically occurs:

  • Converting a Med/Surg Unit to Suit Behavioral Health Standards

    As part of a multi-site Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) for Mercy Health, Array converted a shuttered med/surg floor at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky. This project was not without the inherent challenges of making a non-behavioral health space compliant, safe and comfortable for patients and staff. What made it rewarding was the cooperative effort of the design team to make ...

  • A Case for Adaptive Reuse in Healthcare

    There are a variety of factors informing a healthcare system's decision to expand its outpatient service offering.

  • Four Parts of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit of the Future: Part 1

    There are unique aspects to healthcare design, pediatric design and in particular, the design of world-class academic institutions in urban environments. In the past, I’ve discussed my top 10 list for pediatric waiting room design. Pediatric inpatient units of the future must not only respond to known, documented evidence-based design attributes, but planning considerations and design ...

  • Taking the Pulse of Healthcare Real Estate Strategies

    Array recently co-sponsored an event about how healthcare institutions in New England, primarily the Boston Area, are approaching ambulatory care. We invited a cross section of developers, property owners, facility leaders, real estate leaders and designers; all who have a great understanding of this particular market. It was enlightening to hear what stakeholders are facing these days...

  • A Growing Need for Critical Access Hospitals

    I recently read on the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) website that 66 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. The closure rate is increasing. It was six times higher in 2015 than in 2010. A study the NRHA commissioned revealed that 673 rural hospitals are “vulnerable or at risk for closure.” Of this group, a large number are Critical Access Hospitals (CAH).

  • Importance of Ambulatory Site Selection & Evaluation

    As the healthcare landscape shifts, many providers are delivering care in innovative ways. With the goal of integrating into their patients daily lives, providers are also searching for new, conveniently-located facilities capable of accommodating a wide array of ambulatory services ranging from a simple exam, consultation or blood draw room to more complex procedures, including surger...

  • Designing Outside the Four-Walled Box of Your Office

    Often when we are working with a client to design their space, we have a number of meetings in which we review renderings, materials, etc. While we always like to go to the client with a polished presentation, sometimes clients can struggle to articulate their design goals for a project. A great way to help clients think outside the box is to have a work session in our office.

  • From Mowing the Lawn to Designing Hospitals

    I know what you’re thinking, how did mowing the lawn lead to me designing hospitals?

  • Why Current and Future State Mapping is Crucial

    We are continually looking for ways to transform the way we design, as well as how we involve our clients and end-users early on in our design approach. Mapping current and future states has become an integral part of our design approach, allowing us to learn and better understand more details about our clients. We use process mapping as a tool to work with the client and look at all t...

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  • Recently I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker for a Master-level class at Kent State University’s College of Architectural and Environmental Design. The class was part of their Healthcare Master of Architecture program, and focused on Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) and the physical environment. Over my 20 years of professional practice, 14 of which have been dedicated to hea...

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  • In an effort to provide a full spectrum of health services to each of its communities, Mercy Health System identified Behavioral Health as a priority service line for improvement. As mentioned in the previous post, the System sought to bring parity to their hospitals and redesign their behavioral health services system-wide.

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