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Repurposing Commercial Spaces for Healthcare Applications: Finding the Perfect Building

It seems more and more frequently there are new medical office suites opening, breathing life into old, abandoned storefronts. These spaces run the gamut from walk-in urgent care providers to full service ambulatory surgery centers specializing in a variety of different procedures. While the availability of these storefronts and commercial office spaces is a boon … read more

Commissioning: Improving Resiliency by Testing in a Controlled Environment

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The commissioning process is one that can benefit mechanical and electrical systems in new and operational buildings. While the commissioning process can impact efficiency and impact operational costs, the focus of this blog will be mitigating risks and improving resiliency. The recent guide asks the questions: “How do we adapt these systems to work … read more

Reducing Patient Readmissions Through Lighting

Healthcare facilities are always striving to provide the best care for their patients. Part of that goal is to prevent current patients from having to return after being discharged due to an infection. Lighting systems within healthcare facilities should be designed with the reduction in the number of HAI’s in mind. Through new technologies utilizing either Ultraviolet or Visible Spectrum lighting, air-borne and surface dwelling pathogens can be killed regardless of whether or not a room is occupied.

Introduction to Infrastructure Design for Reduced Patient Readmissions

Don’t Just Stop It, Eliminate It High-efficiency filtration has always been a part of clinical and cleanroom airflow design. The benefits, which can include reduced patient infection rates, improved manufacturing defect rates, more consistent research environments, and many others, are obvious. Controlling airborne contaminant levels is a non-negotiable element in the engineering of a regulated … read more

Creating a Culture of Continuous Improvement Within the Building Design Industry

In my earlier blog titled Applying Lean Principles in the Building Design Industry, we discussed continuous improvement as one of the key principals.  This principal drives innovative solutions through the never-ending quest to be better today than we were yesterday.  It is important to think incremental.  Don’t let best be the enemy of better … read more