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Love at first sight: The marriage of a community hospital and an academic medical center

21 March 2016

ASHE PDC Summit 2016, San Diego, CA

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, Shepley Bulfinch
Stephen Carbery, BE, MBA, Yale New Haven Health System
Mario Vieira, AIA, Shepley Bulfinch

Leap Day: Leap forward for University of Houston

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Univ of Houston Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2In a February 29 ceremony attended by members of the university community, legislative leaders, and donors, the University of Houston marked the start of construction for Health and Biomedical Sciences Building 2 (HBSB 2), designed by Shepley Bulfinch and built by Tellepsen Builders.

The building will be home to the UH College of Pharmacy, including the planned UH Center for Drug Discovery and Development; and the University of Houston’s Integrated Care Center, which will provide primary medical and behavioral health services for the underserved in ...[more]

The future of facilities: Challenges and opportunities for the next decade

17 March 2016

ACHE 2016 Congress on Healthcare Leadership, Chicago, IL

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA. Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
Wendy M. Weitzner, FACHE, Vice President, Innova Group

Couplets, integrated care, and new space demands: How is NICU room design changing?

Monday, 29 February 2016

Scott Mueller, AIAWhat trends can pediatric hospitals, staff, and patient families expect to see in NICU design? Family-forward design and strategies for addressing market and functional pressures.

Several of the sessions at the Gravens Conference on neonatal intensive care earlier this month focused on strategies for enhancing the NICU experience for parents and other family members. As a parent of a former NICU baby and now a healthcare architect for a firm with an extensive pediatric hospital portfolio, I found this heartening.

Among the new parent-supportive room types are

- Couplet Care Rooms, which combine the functions ...[more]

Yale-New Haven Hospital opens bariatric unit

Friday, 5 February 2016


Yale-New Haven Hospital has opened the newest specialized inpatient unit for bariatric surgery patients in southern New England, allowing the hospital’s Bariatric Center to deliver tailored care for patients undergoing life-changing surgery. The dedicated 15-bed unit designed by Shepley Bulfinch is located on the hospital’s Saint Raphael’s Campus and opened with a ribbon-cutting on January 5.

The bariatric unit is an added and important resource to Yale-New Haven’s team of bariatric surgeons. The new private inpatient rooms meet the vision of creating a patient-centered healing environment with specific focus on patient safety. Reinforced handrails in patient rooms, together with threshold-free showers and recessed dispensers for toilet paper and paper ...[more]

Evaluating different models of ambulatory care

Thursday, 28 January 2016

Aliber_150x150_72dpiHow do different ambulatory care models deliver care? What are the implications in terms of size, location, and staffing? How are new technologies allowing higher-acuity cases to be treated off site?

Jennifer Aliber, AIA, FACHA, writes about changing approaches to ambulatory patient care in “Ambulatory environments: eight ways hospitals are reaching out to their communities,” which appears in the January 2016 issue of Health Facilities Management magazine. This piece takes forward issues Jennifer addressed in presentations at the 2015 ASHE PDC conference and Healthcare Design ’15.

“Ambulatory environments,” Health Facilities Management, January 2016

Healthcare design: Getting started in the Big Room

Thursday, 21 January 2016

Banner Big Room in actionDesigning and building large complex projects is becoming more – well, complex. Architects and project teams are constantly looking for ways to control project costs without sacrificing quality or the user experience. Enter the Big Room.

An increasing popular tool for project teams, the Big Room model co-locates designers, contractors, and owners in one space for the duration of a project’s planning, design, and construction process. The idea is that working together in one location promotes transparency, collaboration, and equality and, in the end, delivers a better project for less cost ...[more]

Designing for behavioral health care in the ED

Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Building Design+Construction - Dec 2015Behavioral health and opioid abuse cases are on the rise around the country, and emergency departments have to be prepared to handle the influx. How can smart design help hospitals segregate and staff EDs to handle this growing patient population?

Building Design+Construction magazine highlights Shepley Bulfinch’s design approach for a community hospital in eastern Connecticut in its “Smart Solutions” feature in the magazine’s December issue. For Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Connecticut, Shepley Bulfinch’s ED layout allows for quick and flexible modification to create a five-room behavioral health component with a ...[more]