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U.S. Healthcare: Cut Out Middlemen

September 13, 2013


In the June issue of Fast Company, the article “Giving and Relieving” profiles GiveDirectly, an organization formed to better distribute aid to the third-world’s disadvantaged. Their premise: research shows giving cash directly to needy individuals is the most efficient and effective way to improve quality of life.  The main benefit is no money or aid […]

Charrette Process Essential for Buy-In

August 24, 2011


A charrette may be the most influential tool at a design team’s disposal. For those unfamiliar with what a charrette is, I will briefly define this important activity. Charrette is an architectural term for a short, intense design exercise. In school, it meant a furious individual effort to meet a project deadline. In the working world, it is more […]

Blog Readership: 2010 in Review

January 10, 2011


WordPress offers its bloggers a year-end summary and these are some highlights from 2010.  Thanks readers, and I look forward to a great 2011. The stats helper monkeys at mulled over how this blog did in 2010, and here’s a high level summary of its overall blog health: Crunchy numbers A helper monkey made […]

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 […]

Does Flexibility Mean Over-Programmed?

July 16, 2010


Recently I read the feature article in Healthcare Building Ideas’ Spring 2010 issue about a case study in “right-sizing” healthcare.  It focused on a project case study with a large Lean component.  Part of the article included these two sentences:  “The current standard in healthcare design is to provide a completely flexible space that can […]