Monday, 29 February 2016
What 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]
Monday, 2 November 2009
I was surprised when someone recently asked in passing if there was really anything behind the term “integrated design.” or if it was just the latest buzzword in architecture. I couldn’t imagine anything more off base, but it did get me thinking.
If you were tasked with solving an enormously complex problem utilizing a team of highly trained professionals, each representing different, but related, disciplines, wouldn’t you want to create a situation in which all the various expertise on the team could be leveraged to its maximum potential?
If a successful solution to the problem ...[more]
Thursday, 29 May 2014
Shepley Bulfinch celebrates World Interior Design Week
Although the design process is defined in phases that follow a linear path design itself isn’t. This is especially true in a project’s early stages. Design in its early stages requires exploration and we embrace the collaboration across the disciplines to achieve our design goals.
The art of creative problem solving has always been based around knowledge. It is this creativity born from the interior designers’ knowledge that informed the model of our internal practice of having the interior designer team integrated instead of in a stand-alone ...[more]
Thursday, 20 March 2014
The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has named Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center one of two recipients of ACHA’s inaugural Legacy Project Awards. The awards were presented in Orlando on March 18 at the American Society of Healthcare Engineers (ASHE) Planning, Design, and Construction Summit.
Dartmouth-Hitchcock represents a paradigm shift in hospital design, incorporating and foretelling some of the most significant healthcare delivery and design issues of the past 25 years. This includes
- A patient- and family-centered campus
- A focus on managing first cost and ongoing operational costs with a series of connected, yet discrete buildings
Tuesday, 1 November 2011
Shepley Bulfinch’s design of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is cited as a model of how to design for flexible implementation in Richard De Neufville’s new book, Flexibility in Engineering Design, published by MIT Press in September. The original design of the medical center, which opened in 1991, enabled subsequent vertical and horizontal expansion.
The book offers a high-level overview of why flexibility in design is needed to deliver significantly increased value. It describes in detail methods to identify, select, and implement useful flexibility. For Dartmouth-Hitchcock, that meant development and execution of a ...[more]
Wednesday, 27 January 2010
Building on the award-winning tradition set by our 2009 poster, which received an AIGA Best of New England Design award, the poster for this year’s Summer Design Fellowship was designed by world-renowned graphic design firm Experimental Jetset out of Amsterdam. The poster, which is mailed out to accredited architecture schools across North America, is often posted in common areas within the architecture or design department. I’d like to share some insights about the design process, strategy, and design thinking behind the poster itself.
- Dan Vlahos