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Team Selection for an Imperfect World

February 28, 2011

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I was asked recently how design-build would stack up against other project delivery models if all projects went well. ‘You mean no problems’ I asked?  ‘It wouldn’t matter.’  I rationalized if all the projects went perfectly, then each owner, architect, builder and subcontractor should be happy. Team composition and work relationship are irrelevant if the project is perfect; a perfect […]

Retail Healthcare and Situational Shopping

February 25, 2011

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Research shows people spend more money when they shop “situationally”. Situational shopping is defined as purchasing items as a side activity to doing something else. An example would be surfing the web on a smart phone for a restaurant phone number and then buying tickets to a concert in the middle of your search. To […]

Your Facility Crisis: Call the Fireman or the Guru?

February 23, 2011

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A healthcare facility CEO has been tracking her facility metrics. Things seem a little off maybe, but not out of the norm and definitely not enough to call it a trend. Patient satisfaction scores are solid and there is still a little money in the bank for a rainy day. She hears a rumor a […]

Evidence-Based Practice Touches Everyone

February 21, 2011

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I think most architects would admit evidence-based design is just starting to build some serious momentum. Sometime in the future, hopefully the near future, healthcare design will be based primarily on evidence-based research—and not just by the large, international practices who have their own R&D departments. This notion was reinforced when I blogged about an excellent […]

IDB Good For ADD Crowd

February 18, 2011

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It is easy for design-bid-build (DBB) proponents to throw stones at integrated design-build.  After all, IDB is growing in popularity, so DBB sees it as a threat. Take note though, it is the professional team from DBB throwing the darts, not healthcare administrators and facilities managers. When I meet with people and discuss projects, I let […]

Patient Room Lighting

February 16, 2011

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I was going through some old conference notes and presentations in an effort to clean up my desk, and came across this good one on patient lighting from PDC 2009.  It is a white paper and Power Point from Denise Fong of Candela Lighting Design and Consulting, and here are the highlights: Background “Research shows […]

Execution: Coming to Your Hospital

February 14, 2011

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Every few years a certain one-word concept becomes the trendy topic to focus on in the business community. This trend is often adopted as the most important thing in the world to positively affect results.  Fortune 500 companies drive the trend and it filters down to other industries and smaller companies, much like the fashion […]