Tips for planning that next hybrid OR.

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News


Entering the design phase for a hybrid OR can feel like a pretty complex process. To provide clear communication for planning, Kevin Downey, shared three main elements to consider in an article published on Healthcare Design Magazine’s website.

What three areas of focus will help make the planning process for a hybrid OR more efficient and effective?
1. Planned utilization
2. Equipment selection
3. Room size and location

Continue reading to the full article at HealthcareDesignMagazine.com

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What does #TheDress have to do with healthcare lighting?

By: Kaitlin Page

#TheDress and #dressgate sparked a widespread debate last week across social media sites. If you didn't happen to catch the trending topic on social media, or national news, it all referred to a picture of a dress that someone posted with a question of whether the garment was white and gold or blue and black. A simple question with a seemingly obvious answer, and yet the responses varied - split almost directly down the middle - causing many to weigh in on why this visual phenomenon occurred. 

Explan...

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Interior Design Considerations for Pediatric Populations

By: Erin Fogarty

The physical environment of a space can contribute to or hinder a child's journey to health. It is imperative to consider all types of children that will be utilizing the facility and the design factors that will assist in their healing process.

From a child’s eye, entering a healthcare facility can be an intimidating experience with new sights, sounds, smells and a fear of the unknown. Children of all sizes, ages, and physical abilities visit pediatric hospitals each day. Each child will have...

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Simple tips to battle winter blues with light

By: Kaitlin Page


Even though we are well into the New Year, there are still quite a few days left of winter for some regions in the United States. With shorter days and colder air, I know I certainly don’t venture outside nearly as much as I do in the summer.

This seems to be a common trend for many people - we just don’t go outside when it’s cold. Curling up with a blanket next to a fire is much more appealing. As we are still in winter, people may find themselves getting a little lethargic or that it is harder...

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BSA LifeStructures expands into Raleigh, N.C.

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News


BSA LifeStructures, a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm, announced its new design team in Raleigh, N.C. The newly hired experts will expand the firm’s presence into the southeast region with an ideal location for serving clients in the states of North Carolina and South Carolina.

BSA LifeStructures is a full-service design firm celebrating 40 years. The company employs 230 professionals throughout the nation and operates with six regional offices in Atlanta, Austin, Chicago,...

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Chilled beam presentation at ASHRAE winter conference

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

 

The annual winter conference for the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) will take place January 24-28 in Chicago, Ill.

The conference features a comprehensive program filled with keynote speakers, technical seminars, social opportunities and engaging sessions for engineering professionals.

Among the presenting experts will be Doug Fick, director of practice groups, from BSA LifeStructures. Doug will participate as part of a seminar featuring...

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BSA LifeStructures Announces New Chairman

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

 

BSA LifeStructures, a nationally recognized architecture and engineering firm, announced Kevin Token, senior director, as new chairman.

Token, who is celebrating his ninth year with BSA LifeStructures, began with the firm as an engineering design professional in Indianapolis. He’s dedication and leadership later directed the development and expansion of offices in Austin, St. Louis and Kansas City. The immediate growth of regional operations and professional teams was a clear indicator of...

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Sustainability. Is it worth it?

By: Andrew Swanson

These days, every project we undertake includes some consideration of sustainability. There are a few options owners often seek; however, in all of cases, it’s important that BSA LifeStructures knows how to lead clients to smart decisions. To assist, our professional experts offer experience in key sustainable programs. Here is a brief overview of programs to consider when evaluating sustainability options for your next project.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star
Energy Star measures...

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Sizable Sustainability

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

Designing for sustainability is about finding the right solutions to reduce facility resource consumption. The benefits can easily be found in regular utility costs; however, long term accomplishments can translate to healthy systems and easier facility maintenance. And a more positive impact on surrounding environments is always a plus.

When seeking to achieve sustainable performance, a good place to start is through a goal setting process that utilizes energy modeling and CFD analysis to...

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Sustainable Landscape at Notre Dame University

By: Dan Adler

Notre Dame's Stinson-Remick Hall houses high tech research activities for the College of Engineering. The building’s traditional architecture communicates the distinct character and brand of the university’s campus. And the facility’s LEED Gold certification illustrates this highly complex laboratory building as a sustainable structure.

Outside the building, an innovative landscape combines multiple advantages in an attractive and environment-friendly design. This first-of-its-kind landscape on...

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The Buzz in the Industry... Culture of Care

By: Paulina Bugyis

As I flip through publications, magazines, emails and sometimes marketing material, I realize that we are all repeatedly using one very powerful word: Culture. I have used it myself thinking it was my own doing; however, I believe at times we assimilate trends even without knowing.

The powerful thing is that the word culture next to care is now associated in a concept of something that we can create, develop and put into practice. For example, the Animal Science Research Industry advertises how...

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An Inspired Man = Countless Improved Lives

By: Michele Lord

Inspiration is often elusive. We seek it in our vocations and relationships, our places of worship and from our leaders. I have realized recently, through a tragic experience, about the genesis of inspiration. 

True inspiration builds within us … you and me. We carry it forward and create it for others around us.

I have reflected this past week about the concept of inspiration, following the untimely death of my colleague, Rick McCain.

Rick was wired to do the right thing … for himself, his...

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The New Care Environment

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

United States healthcare delivery is changing. A common consensus is that the system will be unsustainable as solutions to fix it lack the creativity and energy to carry it into the future.

There needs to be revolutionary change in the planning, design and construction of these environments in order for sustainability to occur. The focus is on patient-centric approaches and with advancing technology the ability to overhaul and transform a built environment into a new care environment is closer...

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Dedications of Higher Education Facilities

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

It was an exciting fall as BSA LifeStructures celebrated the dedication of four higher education facilities. The new buildings offer collaborative environments for advancing education and discoveries that contribute to surrounding communities and the lives of others.  

Drug Discovery Facility
Purdue University

The new Drug Discovery Facility at Purdue University is located in the Life and Health Sciences Quadrangle creating a highly controlled environment for successfully developing new drugs. In...

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Detail-focused and "Big Picture" Bound

By: Paulina Bugyis

In the A&E industry, we work in cross-functional multifaceted teams that employ all sorts of talents, specific trades and specialties. Every member of the team has a very specific role – mine is laboratory planning and design. Through the years I have learned to focus on the details of my role, from the day that we start working on a project, to the final punch list.

In Research Facility Design and Planning, the details are technical, and mostly deal with specifications such as rough ins and the...

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A Purposeful Design that Connects

By: BSA LifeStructures in the News

The 140,700-square-foot Neurosciences Research Building brings psychiatry, neurology, neurosurgery and basic neuroscience research under one roof through an initiative between Indiana University School of Medicine, Indiana University Health and the State of Indiana.

The facility design supports science organized by research themes. It has achieved LEED Gold certification and elevates research through advanced technology and planning; however, its most valuable component is a purposeful...

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When 20th and 21st Century Bathroom Designs Collide

By: Dennis Dudenhoeffer

Patient room design in the mid 1980’s meant you did not need to travel far beyond the patient room door to find the patient bathroom. The bathroom was efficient in design with no nonsense, and no frills. In most cases it was equipped with a walk-in shower stall, a wall or floor-mounted water closet and a wall-hung lavatory.

Today’s patient bathroom certainly has the typical plumbing fixtures you are accustomed to seeing, although the specifics of how they work and look are extremely different....

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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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