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Leaning operations in outpatient facilities

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Health Facilities Mgmt, April 2016Shepley Bulfinch’s Jennifer Aliber and Lauren Janney talk about the application of Lean principles to reduce patient wait times and increase value-added time with for patients and staff at a Massachusetts urgent care center in “Let It Flow,” the cover story in the April issue of Health Facilities Management magazine.

In the article, Lindsay Gainer of North Shore Physicians Group also discusses the “on-stage” and “off-stage” circulation and collaborative team work area in the new center, designed by Shepley Bulfinch. Chris Backous of the Virginia Mason Institute talks about the migration ...[more]

Children’s Hospital of Michigan: Blowing up the traditional design process

16 November 2015

Healthcare Design '15, Washington DC

Uma Ramanathan, AIA, Principal, Shepley Bulfinch
Joseph L. Lelli, Jr, MD, Children's Hospital of Michigan
Doug Dulin, JWA Consulting

Leaning toward efficiency

Saturday, 6 September 2014

“What do you do?”

When asked to describe what you do during the day, it’s natural to answer in the context of your current work environment. Its spaces, adjacencies, and physical parameters determine how you interact with others, how efficiently you function, and how effectively you do your job. But it doesn’t answer the question.

When it comes to the lean healthcare design, the question isn’t “how do you function in your current space?” It’s “what are you trying to accomplish?” Applying lean principles when designing a space that will optimize efficient and effective healthcare delivery means putting the outcome first.

Lean design isn’t just a matter of common sense. It’s the cornerstone ...[more]

Leaning our way to the ideal preconstruction process

Thursday, 10 September 2015

Lauren Deck JanneyIf our design process isn’t lean, how do we expect our construction process to be? This was the focus of the Lean Construction Institute (LCI) New England Community of Practice event in June where a team of designers, construction managers, and MEP subcontractors shared their approach to an ideal preconstruction process. Shepley Bulfinch worked with Turner Construction, and MEP subcontractors SullyMac and Cannistraro to create a pull plan that allows them to manage information and decisions down to a weekly basis.

Does so not only helps our team stay on schedule, it improves ...[more]

Modern Healthcare ranks Shepley among top healthcare design firms

Monday, 17 March 2014

East Tennessee Children's HospitalIn a survey released today, Modern Healthcare ranked Shepley Bulfinch 43rd among the top healthcare architecture firms in the country in the magazine’s 2014 Construction and Design Survey.

No surprise here, given our broad healthcare portfolio. Our current work includes a number of major pediatric projects, including the new Oishei Children’s Hospital in Buffalo; a major addition and renovation at East Tennessee Children’s Hospital in Knoxville; a new patient tower for Children’s Hospital of Michigan; and a range of projects for Boston Children’s Hospital. The Gardner ...[more]

Shepley Bulfinch names two to leadership

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Shepley Bulfinch has named Cathy Lange AIA as Principal and Lauren Antocci Perdue SPHR as Vice President, Human Resources.

“Cathy and Lauren’s impact is readily apparent on our practice, our projects, and our culture,” said President Carole Wedge, FAIA, in announcing the news.

“Cathy is a dynamic leader in our healthcare practice and a driver in promoting Lean principles in our project work and in our own operations, while Lauren has guided us through the expansion of our national practice, recruiting and retaining top talent and creating an open, welcoming workplace.”

Cathy Lange, AIA, LEED AP
has close to 30 years of experience in architecture, and a passion for ...[more]

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]

The Pebble Project ten years on: what next for healthcare design?

Wednesday, 1 December 2010

What does it mean to have worked on one of the first Pebble Project hospitals – before there was a Pebble Project?  It’s a funny dynamic of simultaneously looking forward and back. How can we use innovative design to enhance the quality and cost-effectiveness of healthcare delivery today, in an era of lean operations and healthcare reform? How can research conducted on those innovative projects more than a decade ago inform design today?

When Shepley worked with Bronson Methodist Hospital on its replacement hospital in the mid-1990s, there really wasn’t ...[more]