Category Archives: Architecture

Three Ways Healthcare Facility Design Can Save Money

Three Ways Healthcare Facility Design Can Save Money

June 16, 2015  |  Michelle Mader

The healthcare industry must figure out how to provide services less expensively. It must implement effective cost-cutting initiatives while developing policies and procedures for managing the future costs of the emerging healthcare system. And quickly, if the Mayo Clinic offers any indication. It expects a twenty to forty percent decrease in annual revenue due to… | Read More

How to Catch More Illegal Weapons at ED Security: Expert Advice

How to catch more illegal guns at hospital emergency department security

May 6, 2015  |  David Martin and Kathy Clarke

“Security presence” in the emergency department can be as simple as an officer sitting in a chair at the greeter desk. Or it can be as involved as a metal detector, a canine team, and ambulance patient wanding. The level of security that is right for your hospital is best determined by local security and… | Read More

Incarcerated Patients in the Emergency Department: How Safe is Your Facility?

March 18, 2015  |  David Martin and Kathy Clarke

Many emergency departments (EDs) care for the types of detained patients who require a legal blood draw to validate alcohol intoxication levels, or who sustain injuries from an altercation. However, a select group of emergency departments service a substantial volume of medium to maximum security patients brought from local, state, and federal prisons for emergency… | Read More

How Successful Hospital Renovation Teams Optimize a Project’s Schedule and Cost

March 3, 2015  |  Kevin Barbee, Steve Drane, Matt Smith

The days of greenfield hospital construction are beginning to fade into distant memory. In an environment of scarce capital for facility upgrades, the safe bet is to build conservatively and delay investment in new construction until we have clarity around the timing and direction of inpatient volumes. With increasing frequency hospital leaders choose to renovate… | Read More

What the Iphone Game “Diner Dash” Taught Me about Optimizing Emergency Department Throughput

February 19, 2015  |  Delia Caldwell

Like most people, within hours of purchasing my first Iphone, I discovered game apps. Since that time I have spent entirely too much time playing them. One game in particular, Diner Dash, has taught me some valuable lessons about optimizing emergency department throughput. The basic premise of Diner Dash is that Flo, the proprietress, acquires… | Read More

Isolation Unit Design Strategies for Complying with CDC PPE Guidelines

February 3, 2015  |  Kathy Clarke

Once an Ebola patient presents at the ED, they must proceed from triage or the EMS entry directly to an isolation room. We developed a range of solutions for converting or creating isolation space to comply with the October 20, 2014 CDC guidelines for PPE donning, doffing, and staff observation. Approaches vary from interim configurations… | Read More

Hospital Construction Phasing Techniques to Mitigate Strategic, Operational, and Physical Impacts

December 12, 2014  |  Minta Ferguson

Hospitals have a tremendous opportunity to save time and money by addressing the phasing of capital improvement projects early. Here, we discuss phasing techniques to activate as soon as the Master Facility Planning (MFP) stage to maximize capital and reduce the potential for schedule delays and undesirable operational ramifications. A thorough phasing strategy defines an… | Read More

Be Lean, Save Time, Save Money: Pre-Select and Standardize Medical Equipment and Engineering Systems

November 25, 2014  |  Troy Seanor AIA

Prior to the capital approval of any design and construction project, hospital Directors of Facilities and BioMed/Purchasing leaders should predetermine customized selection standards for medical and engineering systems equipment. With such standards in place, hospitals can save time and money, and compound the cost savings over future capital improvement projects. MEDICAL EQUIPMENT STANDARDIZATION By establishing… | Read More

An Integrated Healthcare Design Build Team: Less Waste, Fewer Surprises, Faster Decisions

November 21, 2014  |  Troy Seanor AIA

We believe that that design build project delivery is the best option for delivering complex healthcare projects. By removing silos, design-build results in lower overall costs and faster speed to market. In this series, we discuss several reasons why this approach generates superior solutions for healthcare providers. General contractor participation at the very beginning of… | Read More

As Healthcare Providers Integrate, So Must We

November 20, 2014  |  Troy Seanor AIA

We believe that that design build project delivery is the best option for delivering complex healthcare projects. By removing silos, design-build results in lower overall costs and faster speed to market. In this series, we discuss several reasons why this approach generates superior solutions for healthcare providers. In “Mending Wall,” first published in 1914, Robert… | Read More

DIY Lean on a Dime

October 7, 2014  |  Kristyna Culp

What if your department needs to function more efficiently, but cost prohibits hiring a Lean consultant in the near future? You can make progress in spite of this obstacle, because as the saying goes, low hanging fruit is easy to pick. We discuss the aspects of Lean you can implement internally. STEP 1: CREATE A… | Read More

In the Race for Market Share, Sometimes You Can’t Afford a Twelve-Month Design Process

August 8, 2014  |  Scott Garand

Typically when designing a new building, the team holds meetings to review design concepts, the client suggests modifications, the design team refines the design, and then a subsequent meeting is held to review the progress, often with two-week gaps between each step. This approach is linear, time consuming, and requires significant amounts of coordination for… | Read More

Did you see us in Sharknado II?

July 31, 2014  |  Steven Curtis

One of FreemanWhite’s ED projects has been featured in the “critically acclaimed” made-for-TV Sharknado 2. The St. Joseph Emergency Department in Cheektowaga, New York was heavily photoshopped into a background of New York City.You can watch Sharknado 2 here.