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Healthcare Facilities

From hospitals to research facilities, healthcare buildings are essential to the health of the world’s population, as well as medical innovation. Designing these structures requires a delicate balance of technical requirements with the needs of doctors and patients, but when done right, these designs can save lives.
Infection control in healthcare facilities amid COVID-19 Callison - UCSD_CFSH_3_F.jpg

At UC San Diego Medical Center, CallisonRTKL designed a teaching facility that offers medical simulation training. It includes several design elements that combat infection control, such rounded corners, stepped ceilings, and encased light fixtures for easier cleaning, as well as solid surfaces with chemically bonded seams to remove gaps and cracks. Photo: Brian Henniker


July 01, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor  

Caught off guard by COVID-19, healthcare systems take stock of the capacity and preparedness....

The newly opened West County Behavioral Center will handle patient overflow from the West County Health Center next door. Images: HED

June 16, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This project went the extra mile to comply with the state’s design and construction regulations...

"The Weekly," a new virtual news program from Building Design+Construction, debuted Thursday, June 11
June 12, 2020 | BD+C Editors

The first episode, now available on demand, features experts from Robins & Morton, Gensler,...

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The 1-million-sm Basaksehir Cam and Sakura Hospital in Istanbul is designed to withstand a seismic event that might happen only every 2,500 years. Images: Ronesons Holding

June 10, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Cloud computing allowed complicated design to be completed in less than a year.

Jennifer Lawrence CICU central lobby

Photos: © Lauren K Davis

June 03, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The CICU is part of a larger redesign project for the entire hospital.

Photo by Natanael Melchor via Unsplash

The American College of Healthcare Architects surveyed 129 of its members on the impact of the coronavirus epidemic on the design of hospitals and other medical facilities.



The American College of Healthcare Architects (ACHA) has released the key findings of a survey...

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BNBMC Temporary Hospital with contractors

All photos courtesy Holt Construction

May 05, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The project is located in Paramus, N.J.

PCL Construction rolls out portable coronavirus testing centers

Canada-based PCL Construction, which has focused lately on expanding its prefabrication capacity, has introduced two models for mobile COVID-19 testing centers that can be transported from factories by trailer and positioned on site by forklifts. Rendering: PCL Construction


April 26, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

The prefabricated boxes offer walk-up and drive-thru options.

ACF units modified from existing modular pods

ACF units modified from existing modular containers. Photo: PODS.

April 21, 2020 | CALLISONRTKL

CallisonRTKL and PODS collaborate on repurposed containers for ACFs

USACE general Mark Toy briefed by Tarlton Corp. officials

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Maj. Gen. R. Mark Toy is briefed by Tarlton construction executives on the site of the alternate care facility. From left: Senior Project Manager Cameron Denison, who managed the night team; Vice President Joe Scarfino, who led the effort and managed the day team; and EVP John Doerr. 

April 14, 2020 | TARLTON CORP.

Missouri’s first Alternate Care Facility ready for coronavirus patients

COVID-19 patient rooms in alternate care facility

Typical COVID-19 patient room layout in an alternate care facility. Photo: Henderson Engineers


COVID-19: Converting existing unused or underused hospitals, hotels, convention centers, and ot...

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Isolation pods being installed at Miami Beach convention center by Robins & Morton.

Isolation pods being installed at Miami Beach convention center, which is being converted to a field hospital by 250 workers under the direction of contractor Robins & Morton.



COVID-19 alert: Robins & Morton to convert Miami Beach Convention Center into a 450-bed fie...

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The first 500 patient rooms at McCormick Place Convention Center.

The first 500 patient rooms at McCormick Place Convention Center. The 10X10-foot "rooms" have a cot, folding chair, lamp, and blanket, and a bowl containing a toothbrush, surgical masks, and earplugs.


April 04, 2020 | Walsh Construction

Walsh Construction, one of the largest contractors in the city of Chicago and in the United Sta...

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TLC Engineering Consultants' guidance on ventilation in COVID-19 patient rooms

TLC Engineering Consultants' guidance on ventilation in COVID-19 patient rooms.


Ventilation engineering guidance for COVID-19 patient rooms

The 170,000-sf replacement hospital, under construction in Uvalde, Texas, deployed a collaborative design process advocated by the project's GC Hoar Construction. Rendering and photos courtesy of Hoar Construction

March 29, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Hoar Construction’s formula emphasizes preconstruction planning and input from healthcare worke...

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March 27, 2020 | Randy Guillot, James Crispino, and Scot Latimer

We believe that part of the longer-term answer lies not just with traditional health providers,...

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MARS Radiology equipment in modules

All photos courtesy FortaPRO

March 17, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Onsite construction was completed in two weeks.

Mobile wayfinding platform helps patients, visitors navigate convoluted health campuses

As soon as visitors step out of their car in the parking garage, the mobile wayfinding platform provides turn-by-turn, Blue Dot navigation through the entire campus. Photos: Gozio Health


March 09, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Gozio Health uses a robot to roam hospital campuses to capture data and create detailed maps of...

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Valleywise health entrance

All renderings courtesy Cuningham Group

February 28, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Cuningham Group Architecture and EYP designed the project.


A look at milieu based on desired level of activation and socialization.

February 27, 2020 | Angela Mazzi, FAIA, FACHA, EDAC, Associate Principal

It’s time to take a closer look at the collection of therapeutic settings known as milieu.

Rendering of David H. Koch Center for Cancer Care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Courtesy Perkins Eastman

February 11, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor

The building creates a model for 21st century cancer care.

Huoshenshan hospital

Images courtesy Xinhua

February 03, 2020 | David Malone, Associate Editor
January 30, 2020 | Alice Wainwright

Hospital employees, though excited about technological advancements, are expected to navigate a n...

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January 15, 2020 | Tony Roesch and Emily McGowan

For patients and healthcare staff, these developments will be most evident in new tools, such as...

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One of PDA’s recent projects was the design of Vibra Healthcare’s 56,000-sf rehabilitation hospital in Rancho Mirage, Calif., which features upscale hospitality in its 50 deluxe rooms. Images: HED 

January 06, 2020 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Puchlik Design Associates, its new addition, specializes in healthcare design.

A new Medical Innovation Building will open in Grand Rapids, Mich., in two years, adding to that city's research capabilities. Photos: Rockford Construction

November 26, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Michigan State University is part of a development team for a new life sciences building.

On the campus of University Hospital in San Antonio, construction has begun on a 12-story tower that will serve women and children patients. Rendering: ZGF and Marmon Mok

November 06, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

This $500 million project represents the next phase in the hospital system’s capital improvement...

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All renderings courtesy UNC Health Care

November 05, 2019 | David Malone, Associate Editor

Skanska USA will build the project in three phases.

Max and Debra Ernst Heart Center, Beaumont Hospital, Michigan, Heart failure clinics

Heart failure clinics, like the one that just opened at Beaumont Hospital in Michigan, are helping to reduce fatalities causes by heart disease. Images: HED


October 04, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

An example of this building trend recently opened at Beaumont Hospital near Ann Arbor, Mich.

Medical offices are filling space vacated by retail, Rosedale Center in Minnesota's Twin Cities

A rendering of an expanded Rosedale Center in Minnesota's Twin Cities, which when completed will include a medical office building. Image: Rosedale Center

October 01, 2019 | John Caulfield, Senior Editor

Healthcare developers and providers like the locations, traffic, and parking these spaces offer....

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