Yes, Your Renovated Laboratory Space Can be Flexible!

By: Paulina Bugyis

What are the key design features of flexible wet laboratories and teaching laboratories? I was asked this question recently, and my response included concepts related to how a facility is designed to be flexible. Because the current economy has limited the ability for some institutions to build new facilities, the concept of flexible design can seem unachievable. It is puzzling to consider flexibility in buildings that were designed 30 years ago.

So, is flexibility a design feature of only...

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BSA LifeStructures' Melissa Davis Published in 'Floor Focus' Magazine

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

The average person takes somewhere between 5,000 to 10,000 steps per day. That is a far cry from The Proclaimer’s 500 miles; however, it still seems like a lot of ground covered.

How often do we really think about the surfaces underneath all of our steps?

When it comes to interior design, the strategy for selecting flooring goes well beyond appearance. Melissa Davis, director of interior design at BSA LifeStructures, tells about the important factors that determined the best options for a...

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BSA LifeStructures Hires New Senior Director for Learning Market

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

BSA LifeStructures, a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm specializing in healthcare, higher education and research, has hired Dan Cash as Senior Director of the Learning Market in its Atlanta office. A licensed architect, Dan brings more than 30 years of experience in both public and private sectors for higher education, science and technology, government and military, healthcare, aviation, mission critical, corporate and commercial.

In his new role as Senior Director, Dan...

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Technology and Maintainability – Finding the Balance

By: John Sauer

Science Building Design

As engineers we love to apply leading edge technology in system designs for science research buildings. It is our nature to use newer, smarter and “neater” technologies when we plan. However, several other factors also push us in that direction.

Clients are seeking lower operating costs. Federal, state and local codes dictate certain prescriptive requirements. Finding the best solutions means providing standards of care through evidence based, LEED and lean designs. And as professional engineers...

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Where Will 24/7 Science Research Take Us?

By: Paulina Bugyis

I believe that one of the biggest components of the laboratory and research industry are the everyday, open 24 hours a day / 7 days a week practices.  Most research teams and investigators have the notion is that it never ends, it is a way of life, there are not delineated weekends and most likely there are no researchers that can become disengaged from their activities in the lab. That is why research facility design must aim to support an environment like a living creature, capable to respond...

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Dignity is the Reward of Successful Design

By: Andy Lane
Healthcare Design =
 
I recently had a conversation with the Nurse Manager at a newly opened patient unit. The motivation for my visit was to inquire how BSA LifeStructures’ design was performing and address any challenges that might be arising. The nurse shared many comments, but the most noteworthy was a patient experience story. When transferring the patient into her new room, the patient was overcome with emotion. “I’m not sure I deserve something this nice,” said the woman, while a few tears rolled from her...
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Boomer Nation: Improving Building Entrances For Seniors

By: Gary Vance

As baby boomers emerge as the primary users of healthcare facilities, it’s important to consider how they enter and exit buildings during their visits. This process involves assessing the entry sequence and focusing on areas like the building canopy, entry vestibule, and lobby.

One of the primary elements of the entry sequence is to address the safety and wellbeing of visitors and patients, looking at remedying tripping hazards to prevent visitor and patient falls, and injury due to...

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“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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