Higher education facilities are dynamic by nature and are constantly evolving to cater to the next trend in learning and student comprehension. Students and professors almost always find a way to change a space to make it perform better for their needs. Designing learning environments also gives me a lot of pride because I know that the work I am doing is enabling life-enhancing instruction and life-changing innovation.Read More »
Healthcare design professionals need to challenge the status quo in today’s evolving healthcare landscape to provide innovative solutions for healthcare’s complex challenges. It’s in that same vein that we ask the question…should healthcare planners and designers think twice about designing for nurse servers? I can already here many of you asking, “But why? Caregivers love nurse servers!”
Let me explain.
It is true that nurse servers minimize the time caregivers spend walking and tracking down...Read More »
BSA LifeStructures designed the Science Engineering Laboratory Building (SELB) at IUPUI to be a sustainable multidisciplinary laboratory and classroom building that is consistent with the life and health science mission of IUPUI. To support this goal, the SELB project team is pursuing LEED Silver Certification through the LEED for New Construction rating system. Several design elements and construction practices contributed toward the pursuit of LEED Silver Certification. These sustainable...Read More »
IUPUI students and researchers have a new home for science-based courses and research. The new Science Engineering Laboratory Building will provide much needed research space for researchers and strengthen the University’s life and health sciences mission. BSA LifeStructures designed the Science Engineering Laboratory Building in conjunction with Blackburn Architects on Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’ campus. The building combines both academic and research space, creating a...Read More »
When Marian University hosted its first medical class this fall, it was in the new, state-of-the-art Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences. The Center is home to the new College of Osteopathic Medicine and the University’s School of Nursing. Designed by BSA LifeStructures, The Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences responds to changing healthcare and teaching practices that emphasize team-based curriculum, interprofessional education and experiential learning. The 140,000 square foot...Read More »
The demand for assisted living facilities is increasing to accommodate the aging baby boomer population. Healthcare facility planners and designers should take note and design assisted living environments that cater to this growing demographic. Gardens are a great way to increase resident satisfaction at assisted living facilities.
Some of the important features at assisted living gardens include: social spaces, walking paths, horticultural therapy activities, colorful plantings and water...Read More »
1. Experience, Experience and Experience
Evidenced-based design is a staple of the healthcare industry; Lean practices are implemented and tracked in many facilities; and metrics are continually referenced for finance, patient care, quality of service and many other areas. So, with all this focus on metrics, why is energy consumption any different? Yet, to many organizations, the question: "Can I have a copy of the utility bill?" is a very difficult request to fulfill. This is an excellent example of the unintentional division that...Read More »
BSA LifeStructures and Purdue University’s Healthcare Advisors are presenting on how lean design can improve healthcare facility outcomes at this years Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo. This year’s Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo (HFSE) takes place in Chicago on Oct 1 – 3. The HFSE brings together project teams who design, plan, construct and manage healthcare facilities to share their ideas, solutions and lessons learned during healthcare projects.
With the help of Purdue...Read More »
We have documented in previous posts that a new platform is being built for healthcare. Healthcare planners and designers need to develop a system that manages the population’s health and encourages wellness throughout the continuum of care.
Changing the Model
In light of constrained capital, healthcare organizations will need to plan the development of their ambulatory strategy very carefully (location and type of facility). A single ambulatory facility typology will not fit every organization;...Read More »
It’s not business as usual - a new platform is being built for healthcare, as the system resets itself for a new delivery model. Not since the Hill Burton era, have government actions impacted the healthcare built environment as they do today. On January 1, 2014 millions of Americans who have relied on emergency rooms and free clinics for primary and urgent care will now be required, by way of the Affordable Care Act, to enroll in some type of basic insurance coverage. Patients are not coming...Read More »
Passion for design is in BSA LifeStructures’ DNA – whether it’s crafting our next Lego masterpiece or designing a new cancer center. We also care about sharing our passion with students who are interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
BSA LifeStructures has a partnership with Harshman Magnet Middle School in Indianapolis that let’s seventh graders from the school experience what it’s like to be an architect and engineer. The program, called Job for a Day, lets...Read More »
How do learning environments support a university’s mission?
This is one of the questions we discussed at the recent STEM Learning Environments Think Tank. Throughout our discussion the need for alignment across all aspects of the learning environment became a key driver in how we evaluated the success or failure of a space. The group agreed that modern STEM learning environments are as dynamic as the students, faculty and researchers that use them. Whether its purpose is educational or...Read More »
What do we want students to be capable of upon graduation?
This question was asked by a university faculty member at the STEM Learning Environments Think Tank. As a higher education facility designer, this is a question we need to ask ourselves when we design flexible learning environments that are constantly changing. Learning isn't only psychological, it is also social, physical and pedagogical. Effective learning occurs when all of these aspects are taken into consideration. A building...Read More »
Memorial Hospital and Healthcare Center located in Jasper, Ind., has always been committed to improving the patient experience and reducing their energy use. The hospital recently decided to renovate its aging psychiatric patient wing to improve energy efficiency, thermal comfort and patient safety.
The patient wing, constructed in 1971, features severely limited floor-to-floor heights and also houses elderly psychiatric patients, which requires designing for specific safety standards. With these...Read More »
Baseball has made the headlines for some of the wrong reasons in the last few weeks. The scandal surrounding Yankees player Alex Rodriguez and performance-enhancing drugs gives another “black eye” to the sport.
However, a different kind of baseball story came out of the St. Louis Cardinals organization recently. Matt Carpenter, in an 0-for-23 hitting slump, was given some advice by a veteran player. Carlos Beltran, on his day off, took Carpenter into the clubhouse and offered some...Read More »