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Aesthetic Considerations in Healthcare Flooring

Course Description

In the healthcare segment, designers understand the influence aesthetics can have on patient care and healing and staff morale. Interior-finish features and characteristics such as color, design, shine and surface treatments can significantly affect both maintenance protocols and the overall sense of well-being that can be created within healthcare facilities. In addition, incorporating wayfinding and biophilic design principles can create a space more conducive to health and recovery. The A&D community is increasingly utilizing an evidence-based approach to design. Evidence-based medicine relies on objective, repeatable data derived from studies and clinical trials to make decisions on appropriate medical procedures and care. Similarly, evidence-based design relies on data and measurable results from a clinical, operational, and business perspective to make design decisions in the built environment. And where verifiable data does not yet exist, designers may use rational inference to determine the best courses of action and design decisions.


Learning objectives:

  • Understand how color, shine, and surface treatments affect aesthetic profiles in healthcare
  • Learn the role of wayfinding and biophilic design in creating more people-friendly spaces
  • Be able to explain the relationship between aesthetic design and maintenance protocols
  • Better understand how product features affect durability and long-term aesthetic value

Presenter: Paul McKinney, Healthcare Segment Director, Gerflor USA


EDAC Course ID:
May 1, 2024 to May 1, 2027
Class Frequency:
Lecture/Educational Format