Three weeks ago I toured a new critical access hospital in West Virginia and saw a lot of something I feel more hospitals should have: plants. This hospital showcased potted plants, flowers and small trees in larger spaces like the lobby and waiting areas. I particularly enjoyed a few corridors that had multiple plant sconces with greeny-growies, […]
Two weeks ago I was zipping around in a rental car with satellite radio, a treat because of the various themed stations I rarely get to enjoy otherwise. One of the stations I spent some time listening to was the Bloomberg feed, which attempted to explain Americans’ inconsistent and fearful interaction with the stock market […]
Read my latest post for the blog at Healthcare Building Ideas magazine here.
Any hospital or system which has a strategic master plan at least four years old possesses a largely useless study. Since 2007, economic and legislative changes have put previously-scoped capital project plans back in play. For some, that means revisiting whether a project is necessary; for others it may mean redefining the program, or maybe even starting a project […]
An architect colleague and I were talking about an architect’s responsibility to his client. Our discussion morphed into the gray area of design: an exploration of “street legal” design decisions which an owner has a difficult time living with. The goal of our debate was not professional “errors and omissions” in hospitals, and definitely not illegal work […]
Value is a word that is generic enough to be used without anyone really pinning down its meaning. It sounds good, but is used way too often without definition. For a definition of value, I offer: “a collection of more favorable benefits gained through trade of something (usually money) with less usefulness.” This is really the core of commerce: increased utility […]