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Manpower, Not Method

July 29, 2011


I often get caught up supporting or defending a particular way of executing a project, arguing for design-build (DB) for instance. I am a huge supporter of DB, but even I know it is not right for every organization. My message in those cases has been method, method, method. Method, however, is only part of the solution. Without […]

Design-Build An Exit from the ‘Freeway Condition’

July 27, 2011


In his excellent design zeitgeist snapshot entitled Life Style, Bruce Mau wrote about two popular cultural phenomena he calls the “freeway condition” and the “franchise”.  In our modern life, Mau argues we are captive to a life designed around a freeway condition, where everything happens so fast we ‘go with the flow’ simply for our own […]

GBI Hot on USGBC’s Healthcare Trail

July 25, 2011


The Green Building Intiative (GBI) released its Green Globes CIEB for Healthcare. The GBI offering is an online tool that helps facility managers and owners track the environmental performance of their healtcare facility. For those not familiar with Green Globes, it is a competing sustainability rating and certification initiative similar to USGBC’s LEED systems.  Both began […]

Ideal HC Team: Bad with Orders, Good with Questions

July 22, 2011


A good consultant knows you cannot advise a solution if you do not know the cause and effects. In healthcare speak, no prescription before diagnosis. Yet, how many times has a design or construction team given you a design concept or schedule before fully listening or understanding what you want? (This is where the RFP […]

Increasing Patient Loads Without Projects

July 20, 2011


From what I hear, hospitals need to squeeze more revenue out of what they already have to avoid taking on more debt, or because debt itself is not even available to use. If this is accurate, a few ideas come to mind based on conversations I have had recently. First, increase the efficiency of the facility. This […]

Why Do You Like Us?

July 18, 2011


Currently I am reading Peter Drucker’s Managing for Results, an interesting book from the viewpoint of providing business input that is opposite of conventional wisdom. In the chapter on knowing your customer, Drucker relates that many thoughts businesses have about their products and why clients hire them are likely inaccurate. According to Drucker, the points of differentiation from a company’s internal standpoint […]

Healthcare Facility Construction: Now or Never?

July 15, 2011


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