“Your Team, Your Way”: A Fan-Centric Approach

By: Gary Vance

As a college basketball fan, you might have noticed a significant change during the 2014 NCAA Men’s Division 1 Basketball Tournament (NCAA March Madness) coverage of the Semi-Final games, presented by CBS Sports and Turner Sports.

What was significant about the television coverage was how “fan-centric" it was. The “Your Team, Your Way” teamcasts are team-specific presentations tailored to the individual teams competing in both games. The teamcast concept provided “unprecedented local flavor,...

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Understanding the Benefits of Public-Private Partnerships

By: Shawn Mulholland
Indianapolis architecture and engineering
 
During a recent conversation with a general contractor, I learned that 17 of his top 20 largest business development prospects are Private Public Partnership (P3) projects. Has this new project delivery process become the norm? In the architecture, engineering and construction industry’s constant effort to seek new and more efficient ways to deliver projects, public clients are more interested than ever in exploring the benefits of the P3 delivery method.
 
As defined by the National Council for...
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BSA LifeStructures Adds Kansas City Office, its Sixth

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Kansas City Architects

BSA LifeStructures, a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm specializing in healthcare, higher education and research, today announced it will open an office in Kansas City, KS. This marks the sixth office for the firm that also has operations in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago, Indianapolis and St. Louis.

Kansas City’s large healthcare, higher education and research markets make it an ideal location to serve new and existing clients throughout the states of Kansas, Missouri and the...

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Before you Build: Five Key Planning Imperatives

By: Terry Thurston

Healthcare Facility DesignDon’t let your building be an excuse to prevent you from improving patient outcomes and experiences

Many of today’s healthcare facility designs have outgrown technology and care delivery needs. The reality is that the strategic and capital planning process, master planning, programming, design and construction typically spans several years. With the uncertainties of healthcare reform and the impact of reimbursement schemes, there is a sense of urgency to deliver safe, effective and efficient...

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BSA LifeStructures and Business Furniture Corporation Host Student Design Charrette

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Higher Education Facility Design

Designers from BSA LifeStructures and Business Furniture Corporation hosted a day-long design charrette with Ball State University students to help design learning spaces for the University’s Applied Technology Building. The charrette gave interior design students the opportunity to play a part in the renovation of the department’s studio and classrooms. The charrette dissected ways to optimize space, furniture and teaching tools to enhance learning.

The charrette featured thirteen students from...

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Presentation - Using Simulation to Orchestrate Memorable Learning Experiences

By: Geoff Lisle

Brett Hatchett and I recently presented with Dr. Paul Evans, Vice President and Dean of the Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine, at the Society of College and University Planners (SCUP) Regional Conference. The presentation highlighted the value of simulation space in creating memorable learning experiences for students. The key to successful simulation is the experience. A successful simulation...
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The Realities of Healthcare Design

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

The truest form of measuring success is through results – gauging and tracking the impact of design solutions. In the healthcare world, results are defined by patient outcomes and satisfaction. This video explores the link between the built environment and patient satisfaction results. Discover how design can create a positive patient experience.

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The Top Blog Posts of 2013

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News
Hospital Architecture
Is 2013 over already? 
 
There were lots of good blogs written in 2013, but here our top posts.
 
 
Doug Abrams shares the value of visioning sessions and how good design hinges on the discovery phase – or pre-design – growing to understand the site, program and spirit of the project. 
 
 
Most roofs are ugly. They usually have little flare and contain all the mechanical systems that designers want to hide...
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PRESENTATION – The Relationship Between HCAHPS and Facilities: How to Improve Scores in New and Existing Healthcare Facilities

By: Terry Thurston

Joe Mynhier and I recently presented on the relationship between design and patient satisfaction at the annual meeting for the Missouri Society for Healthcare Engineers. Our presentation centered on the design solutions that BSA LifeStructures has identified to make a positive impact on patient experience. These design solutions provide healthcare...
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How to Create Spaces for Life-Enhancing Instruction and Life-Changing Learning

By: Brett Hatchett
 

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.

The above document highlights how BSA LifeStructures designs higher education...
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Challenging the Status Quo in Healthcare Design: Nurse Servers or Not?

By: Kathy Clark

Healthcare Facility Design

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...

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Showcasing Sustainability at the Science Engineering Laboratory Building

By: Andrew Swanson

Higher Education Facility Design

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...

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BSA LifeStructures Completes New Science Engineering Laboratory Building at IUPUI

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Higher Education Facility Design

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...

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BSA LifeStructures completes Marian University’s Michael A. Evans Center for Health Sciences

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Higher Education Facility Design

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...

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The Value of Gardens at Assisted Living Environments

By: Dan Adler

Healthcare Facility Design

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...

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The 7 Attributes of Highly Effective Healthcare Planners

By: Gary Vance
Healthcare Planning and Design
With the current pressure healthcare organizations face due to the uncertainty of reform, reimbursement and future regulatory decisions, it is imperative that sound principles are used to make facility planning decisions. In order to ensure these sound principles are understood and accurately applied, healthcare organizations must engage highly effective healthcare planners. Included below are the seven attributes that healthcare planners should posses.

1. Experience, Experience and Experience

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Is Energy a Metric?

By: Doug Fick

Sustainable Design

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...

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The Top Facility Considerations for the New Model of Ambulatory Care

By: Phil Cartwright
Healthcare Architecture
 
As my colleagues documented in previous posts, the healthcare environment must adapt to a new model, focused on ambulatory care environments, that better serves the population’s health and wellness needs under healthcare reform. Healthcare organizations can no longer afford to have 10,000 to 100,000 square feet of space only be operational eight to 10 hours per day, five days per week. It is critical to plan ambulatory settings strategically and be creative with both operations and staffing.
 
The...
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BSA LifeStructures to Present at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Healthcare Architecture

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...

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Why Healthcare Should Take a Page from the Banking Industry’s Playbook

By: Kathy Clark

Healthcare Facility Design

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;...

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