Browsing All Posts published on »October, 2010«

Hospitals as Cities

October 31, 2010


It does not take a lot of imagination to see similarities between hospitals and cities. The analogy has been made before. Despite the positives of cities, the comparison with hospitals and cities is pejorative. Studies show cities invoke stress in people.  Newcomers are intimidated; visitors feel threatened. Likewise, hospitals can create the same emotional reactions […]

Paperless: Real or Ideal?

October 27, 2010


NOTE:  Over the next week or so, I will become a featured blogger for both Healthcare Design (HD) and Healthcare Building Ideas (HBI) magazines. When I create content for those blogs, I will provide a short link here to those posts.  Likewise, the HD/HBI blog posts will have a short end note or link to this blog, “Owner’s […]

Politics and Projects

October 25, 2010


I do not consider myself a political animal; there are many, many others my age who are far more astute on the subject, in addition to being more educated, strategic, socially connected and proactive, on how to work politics in their favor. Some people innately understand politics as a tool, an important game, an essential function. My views […]

Blog Update

October 23, 2010


I believe it is important to constantly improve blogs to keep things fresh and relevant. As you may have noticed, this blog’s title has migrated from “IPD Toolbox” to “Owner’s Toolbox” to reflect its broader goal in providing relevant information for current and future building owners, specifically healthcare facility owners. Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is one tool in the owner’s […]

Limits to Punch List Responsibility

October 22, 2010


My entire architecture career I harbored a secret fear when executing a punch list:  I felt that if everything was not perfect, I was letting the owner down as the architect, and maybe it was my fault. It took many years and projects for me to realize that since it takes a quality effort of more than the architect to turn out […]

Help Bring Money to the Table

October 20, 2010


Hospitals make money in three ways:  payments for service (Medicare, Medicaid, private payment), increases on investments, and increased philanthropy. In this economy, many projects are left in suspended animation due to reduced income from all three sources. Design and construction professionals are not in business to make donations or cut fees, but postponed healthcare projects hurt everyone. Instead, design-builders […]

Proton Treatment Technology

October 18, 2010


For me, the two most rewarding aspects of healthcare design are 1) being able to learn about and design for leading medical technologies, and 2) designing projects that have a positive impact in the lives of others. Haskell’s most technologically-advanced project, which satisfies both of the healthcare design rewards, broke ground two months ago:  the California Proton Treatment […]