In our experience with healthcare, there are many important functions that are essential for a successful operation. Corridors are wide to assure quick and efficient movement. Accessibility should exceed typical standards. Mechanical systems require controllability. Fire-rated zones allow for isolation of other zones. Sound attenuation and privacy are important considerations as is smooth flooring with a minimum of surface changes. Allowance for bariatric patients is necessary as is infection control. These and other functional aspects become essential parts of the programming.
Design for some facilities must anticipate how future work will integrate with current phases and requires close coordination with the owner and contractor. Construction phasing is of utmost importance when designing for medical facilities. The process requires detailed observation of the construction, and clear, prompt communication of issues.
In order to fulfill requirements of medical spaces, we typically have to create isolated, fully-functioning plans that take into consideration: HVAC and electrical requirements, dead-end corridors, existing/new rated wall, exiting requirement, construction barrier walls (infectious control), corridor widths, user group coordination, demolition and new work coordination.
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