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Design firm research on in-house projects

Tuesday, 1 February 2011

What are the benefits – and challenges – facing architecture firms seeking to advance knowledge-based design by conducting facility evaluations on their own projects? Angela Watson and Mardelle Shepley discuss the process for practitioner-focused facility evaluation (PFE) in the Design & Health Scientific Review section of the January 2011 issue of World Health Design.

In the article, Angela and Mardelle present a study conducted using different methods of practitioner-focused facility evaluation, drawing information from Shepley Bulfinch projects at Concord Hospital; Mass General/North Shore Center for Outpatient Care (including the ...[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]

Plan for change: future flexibility in OR design

Monday, 28 September 2015

Hybrid OR, Banner Health - University Medical Ctr TucsonScaling up in size, incorporating hybrid technologies, and designing for future flexibility are three aspects that Shepley Bulfinch’s Mario Vieira, David Meek, and Srey Sherman talk about in “Ready for the cutting edge” in the latest issue of Healthcare Design magazine. The article includes a reference to Shepley Bulfinch’s two hybrid ORs completed by the firm as part of a recent surgical services renovation at Banner Health’s University Medical Center in Tucson.

David Meek also discusses mock-ups and hands-on medical staff participation in ...[more]

Interior design: Partnership and the design process

Thursday, 29 May 2014

Joe Rondinelli IIDAShepley 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]

Optimizing patient safety in bathroom design

Thursday, 27 September 2012

What are the trade-offs when you design a patient bathroom? How do you navigate the balancing act of optimizing patient safety and ADA compliance?

Healthcare principal Jennifer Aliber discusses these in “Safety zone: designing the danger out of patient bathrooms” in the September issue of Health Facilities Management magazine.

The article also features two sidebars: one by Cindy Lee on bathroom design for the visually impaired and one by Ray Gerbi  on infection control.

“Safety Zone,” Health Facilities Management, September 2012

Design with a difference: healthcare in Haiti

Thursday, 2 June 2011

Shepley Bulfinch welcomed Partners In Health co-founder Dr. Paul Farmer (“Mountains Beyond Mountains”) to our Boston office today, where he spoke at the unveiling of plans for a new rehabilitation and training center in Haiti.

We partnered with colleagues from Boston’s healthcare and design communities to deliver this pro bono project, joining with Partners in Health, Partners Healthcare, Spaulding Rehabilitation Network, and the Mass Design Group to address the immediate and long-term demand for rehabilitation services in Haiti.

Carole Wedge welcomed 80 guests to this morning’s event. “We got as much as we gave in this process,” she said, pointing to the design response forged by a tight timetable, limited ...[more]

Impact of Daylight and Windows on ICU Patients and Staff

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Angela Watson, in an article co-authored with Mardelle Shepley, Raymond Gerbi, and Stephen Imgrund, disucusses the research and methodology behind the decision to introduce daylight into the ICUs at Concord Hospital in New Hampshire. The article appears in the April 2009 issue of World Health Design.

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Dartmouth-Hitchcock featured in Health Facilities Management

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

ACHA Legacy Project AwardThe ‘enduring success’ of Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center is celebrated in “Test of Time”, which appears in the April issue of Health Facilities Management.

The special report details the American College of Healthcare Architects’ inaugural Legacy Project Awards, which were presented to Dartmouth-Hitchcock and to Griffin Hospital last month in recognition of their contribution to the legacy of excellence and innovation within healthcare architecture.

At a time when the rising cost of healthcare draws increasing attention across the country, both projects offer powerful lessons on the value of taking a long view in healthcare ...[more]