Upgrading Our Hospitals Will Take a New Approach to Design

The last time you were in a hospital, did you take a good look around? What did you see?

Since the middle of the last century, hospitals have grown in size and complexity, but their physical layout has not kept pace with technological innovations and taken advantage of evidence-based design. Yes, they may look different, and feel modern and welcoming, but they have also grown, somewhat unchallenged, in square footage, materials and support systems.  One can look at a healthcare facility and come close to identifying the decade in which it was put into use.

Our Healthcare Center of Excellence (COE) helps hospitals push the boundaries of hospital design, and build for the health care delivery methods of today with an eye to the technologies of tomorrow. Andrew Quirk, head of our Healthcare COE, describes this approach in this piece on Building Design + Construction, here.

2016 IMAGE-KarolinskaHospitalSweden

Skanska recently handed over the first patient wing of the Karolinska Solna Hospital in Sweden, which designers say put the patient in the center of the planning. All patients receive a single room and a “thematic care” approach means doctors and specialists visit the patient rather than the other way around.

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