Healthcare

Behind the Design: Tracy Baker, Architect and Boise Healthcare Studio Lead

Pull back the curtain and get to know the people behind the design. The solutions we develop for clients and communities are brought to you by passionate individuals devoted to delivering better built environments — places that support healthy, productive, sustainable ways of living. Our next #PeoplePassions blog post features Tracy Baker, an architect, healthcare studio lead, mentor, team-bonding enthusiast, proponent of alternative transportation, cyclist, and fan of the pub crawl. ...

Designing Educational Facilities for the Next Generation of Healthcare Workers

There are an estimated 175,900 job openings for registered nurses each year through 2029 — and these are not positions our country or communities want to leave unfilled. The figure comes from a 2019 report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, and it highlights the need to continue building this essential workforce. It also correlates to building and updating learning facilities to best train healthcare workers so they can step into their fields well prepared to keep the nation safe. It’...

USP 800 Compliance: Best Practices for Designing Compounding Pharmacies

Designers are tasked with creating built environments that are safer and smarter than yesterday. Some of these choices are evident to a casual observer — clearer access to emergency exits, for example — but many are unseen and vitally important. This includes the technologies and systems used in buildings to contain hazardous materials. When it comes to compounding pharmacies, this work may require room pressurization controls, improved ventilation, and proper protective barriers. As st...

COVID-19 design solutions: Rethinking air circulation in patient and operating rooms

When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic struck, some of the "behind the scenes" first responders were engineers. Given our team's work in healthcare design for clients such as Billings Clinic, Bozeman Health, and SLC Health/St. Vincent, our mechanical engineers were tasked with developing solutions for air circulation and ventilation in patient and operating rooms to prevent the spread of airborne infection. With so many unknowns about COVID-19, it was critical to provide areas where p...

A dialysis center with a difference

Over the course of working with Billings Clinic for 20 years, one thing’s been abundantly clear — this client puts patients first. This philosophy can sometimes mean taking the time to rethink how we design healthcare facilities and the patient …...

#WLAM2019 | Holistic healthcare design

For World Landscape Architecture Month, we're taking a look at some of the ways we can push the boundaries in landscape architecture. The projects cover an array of concepts: how nature-driven design can facilitate well-being, site development that supports local ecosystems, and the use of virtual reality in landscape design. The project capsule below demonstrates how design can mirror familiar landscapes, offering comfort on the journey to healing. Redefining the patient experience ...
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