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Insights & Solutions

Webinar
July 2018 Webinar
Specialized designs and technologies, often mandated by the ADA Accessibility Standards, are inadequate to meet the needs and abilities of older adults.  In contrast, universal design is an appropriate, but underused strategy for design for aging.  On the one hand, universal design is seen as merely another name for specialized designed, while on the other hand, it has been dismissed as an unattainable utopian panacea.  This webinar will trace the history of universal design, from its beginnings as a utopian concept in the world of physical objects and spaces, to the struggle for attainment through the often times contradictory Principles, to a practical reconceptualization in the world of emerging and evolving digital technologies. The webinar will describe what UD is and what it is not; why it’s potential to be a panacea for design for aging is unattainable in the physical world from which it emerged, and how it is poised to become a reality and fulfill its promise through the world of digital technologies.
Executive Summary
July 2018 Executive Summary
This summary compiles the executive summaries of six Safety Risk Assessment Issue Briefs to provide a high-level overview of the latent conditions of the built environment and their related design categories found in the CHD SRA toolkit.
Webinar
June 2018 Webinar
With no known precedent, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia pursued a vision to develop a new pediatric patient care unit: one that would meet the requirements and licensure of an acute care unit, but would provide a safe and supportive environment for patients with a comorbid developmental, behavioral, or psychiatric diagnosis. A multidisciplinary team worked together to envision, plan, and design an environment to support a new model of care for this unique population. Key elements of the project—a remodel of an existing unit—include patient, family, and staff health; circadian lighting; biophilic design; and safety.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
June 2018 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
Based on the project team’s expertise in behavioral health best practices, a recommendation to separate these populations was implemented. Follow-up data will be collected prior to the start of construction in the fall of 2018, and again once the new/renovated facility is in operation (projected for 2021). HDR is willing to share the research plan and design and baseline resident findings.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
June 2018 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
When Northeast Georgia Health System decided in 2015 to build a new 100-bed hospital on a greenfield site in Braselton, they invited staff within their existing system to participate on the design team—many of whom would not go on to work in the new building.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
June 2018 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
Research included findings about the care and treatment of persons with infectious diseases, lessons learned from Ebola outbreak sites, and key research about infection control. Our preliminary studies found that the unit design allowed for both flat-bed trucking and overseas shipping. Moreover, setup is possible in most locations, from existing hospital parking lots to rural settings. Next steps identified by the team would include a full mock-up with observational studies, patient input, a full engineering study, and cost analysis. 
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
June 2018 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
Corgan was tasked to design these two new environments to work as one and, through a collaborative visioning process, a single vision was achieved. The project ultimately included a 40,000 square-foot inpatient renovation and a 27,000 squarefoot outpatient renovation.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
June 2018 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
This body of work culminated in the creation of a Patient Field Guide to introduce the new hospital tower to patients and their families. The Field Guide highlights the hospital’s many thoughtfully designed features and amenities, while also situating the building contextually within Piedmont Atlanta Hospital’s health campus and the surrounding community.
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EDAC Advocate Firm Project
June 2018 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
By focusing on the patient experience and applying an on-stage/off-stage design philosophy, the design team hoped to streamline wayfinding to reduce stress and avoid wasting patients’ time.
EDAC Advocate Firm Project
June 2018 EDAC Advocate Firm Project
When Dublin Methodist opened in 2008, it was considered one of the first hospitals to comprehensively incorporate evidence-based design (as it was understood at that time). The success of the hospital and its subsequent growth have necessitated the fit-out of all-shell space, as well as the use of soft space for clinical functions. A master plan was recently completed to accommodate the hospital’s expansion.