In 2013, Kaiser Permanente (KP) – a non-profit health plan and care provider – invited the world’s most talented minds to submit their designs for the hospital of the future.
The following trends were noted within the healthcare construction community as at PDC Summit.
Providing cooling/heating comfort and energy efficiency in hospitals and health care buildings is an ongoing challenge for mechanical engineers. Emphasis on building performance, indoor air quality (IAQ), and adoption of energy-efficient building codes is increasing. Designs are based on a host of variables beyond space type and understood loads including operating costs, first cost, life cycle cost, and measurement and verification (M&V) requirements.
Sterile processing is one of the unsung heroes of a hospital.
Resilience in the built environment involves reducing, adapting to, and mitigating risks.
Over the past several years, regulators have given more attention to humidity levels in operating rooms and central sterile processing departments.
A multidisciplinary commissioning project allowed a health care facility’s electrical equipment to operate as designed and established a platform for all critical information and statuses to be displayed.
The opening of the new 340,000-sf surgical tower and ED is a transformational moment for MSMC as it equips them to enhance the care they bring to their patients and community for generations.
It’s vital for consulting engineers to not only identify the applicable codes and standards but also know the building and owner’s needs.
The revisions to USP 797 and new USP 800 standards will go into effect December 1, 2019.