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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]

Beam me up: construction begins for Children’s Hospital of Michigan

Tuesday, 25 August 2015

The New Children's Hospital of MichiganA beam signing ceremony today signaled the official start of construction on the new Children’s Hospital of Michigan in the heart of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC) Midtown Detroit campus. Patients, their families, community members, and DMC executives and staff joined the celebration, inscribing messages and well wishes on the 1.65 ton beam, which was placed as the cornerstone of this project.

The new Children’s Hospital of Michigan will house pediatric researchers, clinicians and innovators in heart health, emergency medicine, critical care, neonatology, hematology/oncology, nephrology and other disciplines. ...[more]

Tennessee children’s hospital marks construction start

Tuesday, 2 September 2014

ETCH groundbreaking - children with shovelsEast Tennessee Children’s Hospital (ETCH) hosted a groundbreaking ceremony on August 19, marking the start of construction for a major expansion on its Knoxville campus. Community leaders, hospital staff, and young pediatric patients and their families gathered to celebrate the occasion on the site of the planned five-story building.

“It will provide a lot better space for families and a lot better opportunity for us to take good care of their kids,” said hospital CEO Keith Goodwin. “We have to give [our medical staff] the kind of environment that allows ...[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 architect achieves American College of Healthcare Architects Board Certification

Monday, 19 September 2016

Healthcare Planner Scott Mueller Shepley Bulfinch Congratulations for Board Certification American College of Healthcare Architects ACHA

Shepley Bulfinch is proud to announce that Scott Mueller, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, has earned board certification from The American College of Healthcare Architects. Scott has over 18 years of healthcare programming, planning and design experience. He has worked extensively in NICU, ambulatory, inpatient and medical office building settings, marrying his passion for medical planning with his desire to create lean and cost-effective patient and staff-friendly spaces. We recently sat down with Scott to find out a little more about his passions, motivations, and ...[more]

Virtual reality and design on a human scale

Friday, 6 November 2015

Justin MillerEveryone in the design community is talking about Virtual Reality, and that’s not surprising. It seems like every new design tool and technology comes with a promise to help us work more efficiently and more effectively. As a rookie user, I have to say that my VR experience has opened my eyes to the future of design.

When Angeline from our IT team mentioned that she’d been developing a virtual tool that would let users experience their 3D SketchUp models in VR, I jumped at the chance to test it on the NICU (neonatal ...[more]