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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]

Big Room, Big Fun

Thursday, 3 November 2016

R_150313_N13_mediumIt is the morning of our interview for the Banner University Medical Center Tucson Expansion & Renovation (BUMCT) — a $400 million, almost 1.8 million square foot project in its ultimate buildout. The interview is going well; we have practiced and rehearsed several times. We are confident in our answers and expertise. Our graphics are spot on and we have hit all of the important topics in the allotted time. With minutes remaining Mark Barkenbush, Banner Health’s Senior Project Executive of Development & Construction, throws a curve ball and asks, “How does your team ...[more]

The Big Room: it’s kind of a big deal

Tuesday, 25 October 2016

BUMCT Construction Outside Big Room CoLocation Banner University Medical Center Tucson

The practice of having design and construction team members work together to develop a building holds the promise of significant savings in time, dollars, and effort while enhancing the quality of the documents produced, the construction process, and the finished product. Although simple in concept, it requires thoughtful consideration and coordination beyond that of traditional project delivery.

A co-location, or Big Room as our team prefers to call it, is a physical vessel that helps break down traditional design and construction silos with ...[more]

‘Plan smart’ when integrating medical technologies

Thursday, 13 January 2011

In healthcare today, providing better care for patients increasingly means integrating complex technologies. As a healthcare leader planning a new or expanded facility, how can you construct and navigate a planning and decision-making process with such significant long-term implications? Start by asking the right questions.

To determine the required physical plant space for these innovative facilities, first define your current needs.

- What would you like to gain or learn when using this type of equipment?
- Do you want to introduce more than two modalities within a space?
- How important will it be to plan for future upgrades?

Answers to these questions will have a significant impact on structural, mechanical, and ...[more]

The OR Theater of the Future: Innovative Planning and Design for Intraoperative Imaging

Monday, 29 May 2006

Charles Osborne

The OR Theater of the Future: Innovative Planning and Design for Intraoperative Imaging

Shepley Bulfinch pioneered the first intraoperative MRI operating room at Children’s Hospital Boston. Here, Charles Osborne talks about the technological advance and its potential to transform the surgical suite.

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

Children’s Hospital Boston: From the Mock-up Room to Reality

Saturday, 29 March 2003

by Deborah Johansen

Children’s Hospital Boston: From the Mock-up Room to Reality

As part of the design of the Berthiaume Family South building, Shepley created a full-scale mock-up of an operating room and an ICU as a design conceptualization tool. This article first appeared in the March 2003 issue of Healthcare Design.

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]