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Healthcare Facility Design Trends to Lookout for in 2018

HEALTHCARE TRENDS

E4H Environments for Health Architecture, a firm focusing on healthcare exclusively, recently studied and released seven predictions for healthcare facility design trends in 2018. Lets take a look at what is to come.

📐 VIRTUAL REALITY BECOMES A CRITICAL PLANNING TOOL FOR HOSPITAL DESIGN

As VR technology becomes smaller and more mobile, architects and designers have grown increasingly able to collaborate with healthcare clients when it comes to designing these complex spaces such as operating rooms. VR benefits both parties with its interactive capabilities enabling immediate design feedback. Facility efficiency and safety is predicted to increase from VR planning. “VR headset technology breaks through the traditional limitations of a screen to put people “in” the design to experience, evaluate, and comment on everything from casework configurations to outlet quantities and furniture arrangements.”

🏥  MICROHOSPITALS

According to US News & World Report, microhospitals are now operational in 19 states. These mini-hospitals are about 15,000 to 50,000 square feet, open 24/7, and maintain between 5 and 15 inpatient beds for short stay use. This model offers greater accessibility and convenience for residents and is a cost-effective market growth strategy for providers.

📱 TELEHEALTH

We have already seen an increase in Telehealth providers in the past few years with companies like SnapMD, Teladoc, Polycom and more. Healthcare consulting firm Sg2 projects that in the next two years, the volume of virtual healthcare patients will rise 7 percent and in-home healthcare services will rise 13 percent. Sophisticated patient monitors have been installed to allow a seamless consultations especially in specialty services like radiology, psychiatry, and dermatology. Many healthcare facilities will be implementing Telehealth with treatment rooms configured to accommodate remote consultation and an infrastructure for technological equipment. Telehealth technology is also transforming lobbies, common spaces, and admissions areas with kiosks and tablets.

📋 HOSPITALS TAKING NOTES FROM HOSPITALITY INDUSTRY

The healthcare industry has recently noticed a decrease in re-admittance rates for instance, when removing out-patient services from the larger hospital environment. A more consumer-friendly environment has shown to create operational efficiencies and clinical outcomes. A perfect example of this is procedures like bone-marrow transplants (BMTs). Their treatment is unique and involves two phases of extended care; the first phase they are served like inpatients (surgery and post-op). The second, is more of an ‘in-between’ population where patients are vulnerable to infection and require monitoring for complications. For these patients a facility that feels more like a hotel than hospital, with cozier interior design; private suite-style rooms; and specialized air and water filtration systems to protect immune suppressed patients.

📈 BEHAVIORAL HEALTH DRIVES EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT RECONFIGURATIONS

With the recent national opioid crisis and rising awareness of mental health conditions, hospitals are recognizing the need to accommodate cognitively impaired clients more effectively and sensitively. Hospital leaders are taking initiative in finding a balanced way to separate patients who pose a risk to either themselves or others from Emergency Department population while ensuring all patients are treated with compassion and dignity.

🏬  MOVE TO MALLS

While delivery of healthcare services continues to improve, many day to day services and procedures can be performed outside of hospitals and in community locations for ease of access and customer convenience. Established retail locations are ideal for developers of microhospitals, outpatient imaging, urgent care, and medical office buildings. For example, E4H is helping Health Quest in New York to transform a former Macy’s into a new state-of-the-art outpatient medical services facility.

⚕ ACUTE CARE NEEDS CONTINUE TO GROW

As explained above, outpatient services will continue to move from inpatient facilities, but hospitals will continue to see growth in patient numbers. As Baby Boomers age, 10,000 Americans will turn 65 every day for the next 20 years and respectively, the total demand for inpatient care will grow. While servuces are pushed to outpatient facilities, architects must design to maximize efficiency of space and movement of medical staff to serve inpatient populations.

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How to Specify: Acoustics for Every Industry

Having trouble finding the perfect acoustical fit for your industry’s environment? Acoustics are a major architectural function and can make or break a space if not properly addressed. We have laid out a guide to specifying acoustical solutions for your space. Each configuration is made to be fully customizable to your space with various size and art options!

FLOATING SUSPENSION PANELS

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

The Floating Suspension Panels are ideal for office spaces as they are great for dividing up open workspaces or acting as a privacy buffer between workstations. With its double-sided art feature, you can chose from different graphics making any space more dynamic. The floating suspension panel can be placed in many other environments as well.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Open office space
  • Waiting rooms
  • Conference rooms
  • Between desks
  • Private Offices
  • Computer rooms
  • Libraries

THE DIVIDER PANEL

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

The Divider Panel can be utilized nearly anywhere thanks to its freestanding, mobile nature. This option is great for anyone not wanting to commit their acoustical panel to any specific area. It is also a great option to create a divide within spaces, such as waiting areas, workstations, or any open floor plan.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Office desk
  • Hallways
  • Waiting room
  • Retail signage
  • Private offices
  • Open workspace

WALL MOUNT (HORIZONTAL & VERTICAL)

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

As the most standard configuration, this system easily mounts anywhere within corporate, healthcare, commercial, and educational spaces. We are proud to recommend this system to any client needing sound improvements when addressing the overall quality of their space. It is our most effective acoustic solution and can be printed up to 100 ft. long.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Private offices
  • Conference rooms
  • Lecture halls
  • Lobbies and open spaces
  • Reception areas
  • Cafes
  • Communal areas

MULTI-FLOATING PANELS

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

Similar to the floating panel, the multi-floating panel is a great addition to any place where you would like to create a privacy buffer, while also leaving the space open to the option of collaboration. Multi-floating panels are great for waiting rooms that you wish to keep private for clients, in between workstations, or even in a private office! Acoustics are a major architectural function and can make or break a space if not properly addressed.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Open office space
  • Waiting rooms
  • Conference rooms
  • Between desks
  • Private Offices
  • Computer rooms
  • Libraries

CLOUD CEILING PANELS

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

For environments with less space but still requiring acoustical absorption, we recommend the Ceiling Cloud Panel. This system is great for educational environments and healthcare environments. Many clients have come to us from the healthcare industry needing art that inspires its patients and allows staff to focus by creating a sound space. For this reason, we recommend cloud panels for healthcare and educational environments or anyone looking for a more spatially accommodating acoustic system.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Lecture halls
  • Libraries
  • Open workspaces
  • Healthcare clinics
  • Hallways
  • Classrooms

CEILING SUSPENSION PANEL

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

The Ceiling Suspension Baffle is a great way to create a welcoming space for those in the hospitality industry. Often times, customers complain about noise levels especially in communal work areas, like lobbies or computer cafes as well as restaurants. The ceiling baffle is a double-sided art system with a high-end aluminum frame for a sleek appearance. Line hallways or cafe’s with acoustic graphics that change dependent on where you are standing for a dynamic and functional space.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Restaurants
  • Lecture halls
  • Libraries
  • Cafes
  • Communal Seating
  • Open office space

LED WALL MOUNT

SPECIFYING ACOUSTICS

With function, form, and a little extra, the LED Wall Mount is a great statement piece for open workspaces, lobbies, and private offices. A great way to impress clients while keeping your space functional and fit for business. Because of its lighting qualities, we suggest this piece be one of the first your clients see. It can also be very beneficial for lighting an otherwise dim room and creating a more vibrant workspace for employees.

WE RECOMMEND:

  • Lobbies
  • Reception areas
  • Private Offices
  • Restaurants
  • Hallways
  • Hotels
  • Open workspaces
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Contract’s 39th Annual Interior Awards

A very big congratulations to Clive Wilkinson Architects for taking home two awards this year for Contract Magazine‘s Annual Interiors Awards! Our collaborations with them include Shirley Ryan AbilityLab and Publicis Groupe which have both received countless awards for its innovation in design, custom furniture, and overall architectural excellence. Here is this month’s issue which features stories from Clive Wilkinson himself as well as some of our in-house renderings for the project!

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Large Banquette Workstation + Seating (Top) Bench Workstations with Acoustic Paneling (Bottom)

SHIRLEY RYAN ABILITYLAB

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Nurse Station (Right), Think Pod & Phone Booth (Middle), Physician Workstation (Right)

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Healthcare Tips & Tricks

How to Improve Your Home Office Space

As the global pandemic continues to hinder our way of life, many people remain at home, teleworking from the confines of their makeshift workspaces. Let’s face it, the work from home situation has become quite a drag for many of us. Finding the ideal spot to place your laptop and paperwork can be frustrating, and your coffee table is not exactly the ideal furniture piece to use as a makeshift workstation.

Now that we are reaching the end of 2020 and many people are still working from home. There are several ways to improve your work situation, which could lead to an overall better workflow and mindset. Below are a few useful tips on how to create an ideal ergonomic home office space.

A BETTER WORKSTATION FOR THOSE LONG HOURS

Your desk is the primary workspace and it’s something you should give some thought and investment into. This area is your space for creativity and inspiration for the remainder of your time working from home and therefore it’s important to make some adjustments to your workplace. For example, alternating where you sit and stand throughout the day to boost your productivity and maintain energy levels can lead to positive results.

While the sit-stand desk would be the ideal furniture piece to use when working long hours of the day, most people unfortunately do have access to one during these hard times. However, you can improvise and use an alternate product to maintain a healthy workflow; and the best alternate option to the sit-stand desk is a standing desk converter. So, what makes this a reliable option to the sit-stand? These products are very easy to install and cost effective. Standing desk converters are essentially monitor stands that are mounted on your table and can be highly adjustable, so that you have the flexibility to move your monitor with ease.

GOOD POSTURE IS THE OTHER HALF TO THE SOLUTION

Using the standing desk converter is just half the solution to maintaining a better workflow and creating a more productive workplace; the other half is practicing good posture. Some things to remember as you sit and stand throughout the day are:

  1. Keep an arm’s length between you and the computer screen
  2. Before you sit, make sure to adjust the level of your seat so that your feet are touching the floor and your knees are kept at 90 degrees
  3. Make sure your computer screen is positioned at or below eye level.
  4. Change your posture often and stretch

Practicing good posture may take some time getting used to, but the end results are worth it. Not only does it reduce back pain but also increases energy levels, it also helps your balance. According to Harvard Health, working on balance can strengthen your abilities in all outdoor sports activities; like golf, tennis, running and skiing.

BENEFITS TO NATURAL LIGHT IN YOUR ROOM

While practicing good posture and improving your work area are important factors to creating an ideal home office, having a well-lit home can alter your workflow for the better.

According to Elemental Green, most working individuals spend about 90 percent of their time working indoors. That means less exposure to fresh air and sunlight. More data from research collected over the past decade have shown that a lack of sunlight has been proven to show an increase in negative health effects. In fact, less sunlight means less vitamin D intake, which therefore can lead to muscle pain, tiredness and fatigue. Other negative health effects from lack of sunlight like cognitive issues, depression and an increase in weight have also been prominent in more recent health studies.

However, working from home can have its benefits, as you’re more in control of your workspace than inside an office building. Opening your shutters and blinds during the day can certainly prevent the aforementioned health effects and therefore improve your overall well-being. Some benefits to natural light include:

  1. Using natural light is a money saver and can reduce your electrical costs every month.
  2. Your concentration levels are increased, especially in the morning when the sunlight is at its most brightest. Letting your home soak in the sun every morning can also help increase productivity
  3. Your stress and anxiety levels will be reduced: taking the time to stand out in the sunlight for about 30 minutes in the morning can help keep you calm.
  4. Natural light can also help your immune system: Research has shown vitamin D plays a critical role in T cells functionality (a white blood cell that’s important to the body’s immune system).
  5. Natural light can also help fend off depression: staying indoors for prolonged periods of time, especially during the coming months ahead where we experience less daylight can lead to SAD (season affective disorder.) a form of depression that relates to the changes in season, especially during the fall and winter.

Exposure to natural light is just as important to home ergonomics as a standing desk converter because of the many health benefits it provides.

Teleworking during this unprecedented time has been quite a challenge, especially for those with family at home. However, the idea of changing your work situation based on these steps can drastically improve your mindset and lead to more positive results.

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Life Outside the Office Amidst a Pandemic

Life Outside the Office Amidst a Pandemic

We are already more than half way into 2020 and the novel coronavirus pandemic for the most part, has kept everyone around the world at home. The summer of 2020 has pretty much been officially cancelled as large indoors areas remain closed as well as some beaches and parks (with restrictions). While businesses like restaurants and local shops continue to implement safety procedures in order to keep their doors open. One thing remains certain, our way of life has been drastically altered due to the social distancing rules currently being implemented; masks are now required in order to enter any indoor setting, most retail stores that remain operational offer “curbside pickup” as the safest alternative to online shopping.

The concept of “person-to-person” interaction has slowly begun to fade from our very lifestyle as we continue to find new and creative ways to remain apart from each other. If social distancing has changed office life, education and retail shopping, how does it affect other aspects of social gatherings?

The New Dining Experience

One of the largest industries currently being affected by COVID-19 is the restaurant/dining experience; a visit to the bar with your fellow coworkers and friends seemed altogether like a relatively safe thing to do. There was no need to second guess whether or not you would get sick, let alone face certain death from simply interacting with another person. Since the virus has forced people to remain cautious of what to touch in public and where not to go, many have chosen to refrain from visiting their local establishments, which in effect, has taken a toll on many of these struggling businesses.

Restaurants and bars in cities across the country have either been forced to remain closed for safety reasons, and for those that are still operational, have been required to impose stricter rules regarding hygiene and social distancing. In Chicago, Mayor Lori Lightfoot has required that all establishments like bars taverns, breweries and other places that serve alcohol not to serve indoors. For establishments that do not serve customers food, are required to only serve customers outdoors. While this dampens the overall dining experience, that has not stopped people from visiting their local establishments. In Los Angeles, the city of Burbank has recently shut down streets in the downtown area to make room for restaurants to serve customers outdoors; as more chairs and tables are set up outside.

Large Indoor & Outdoor Venues

The coronavirus has also greatly effected other establishments and venues that generally have large gatherings. Places like movie theaters have been closed indefinitely due the pandemic. Large go-to theater chains like AMC and Pacific Theaters have remained hopeful for a soft opening; yet many have been met with disappointment that these places remain closed until further notice. Although, the public movie experience hasn’t completely shut down as drive-in movie theaters have been gaining popularity these past few months. In fact, large corporations like Walmart have made it a point to convert 160 of its parking lots across the country to drive-in theater, starting in August. This approach to the theatrical experience will hopefully help encourage families to leave their homes and take part in a venue that’s community driven this summer and for the coming months ahead.

Like many other venues that have been affected by the shutdown due to COVID-19, such as concerts, theme parks and art museums. Other major venues like conventions have also been forced been cancel this year; particularly Comic-Con International. The indoor venue is held in San Diego, CA every summer and is the largest convention of its kind in the world. Given the unfortunate circumstance, the event is being held online (as of this past Wednesday) for the first time in it’s 50 year history. Access to the online convention is free to the general public.

While there is a great sense of uncertainty faced during this pandemic, we can only hope that it will pass in time and that society will return to some form of normalcy in the coming months or years. Yet, the questions still remain: will our businesses thrive financially, the longer we continue to work from home? Will wearing masks post-pandemic become the new norm? Only time will tell, but one thing is certain, life outside the office has definitely changed.

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Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Choosing acoustic accommodation is essential to the function of a space whether it be healthcare, hospitality, educational, or corporate environments. Each industry having their own social setting, daily tasks, and reverberated sound issues. Having worked across various industries we have learned that fully customizable acoustic solutions are required to allow a space its full potential.

 EDUCATION

Whether in a library, lecture hall, or study area, educational spaces are amongst the top industries needing acoustical solutions. Similar to corporate and healthcare, students and staff both need up-lifting and inspiring art with the functionality of acoustical absorption. Acoustical art has a proven to positively impact learning, attention, and reading deficiencies or help those that speak english as a second language to comprehend and learn more. Noise also affects teachers, not only children or students. In fact, 80% of teachers experience vocal fatigue. Teachers are more likely to take sick days off work, as it also raises blood pressure, stress levels and causes headaches. (Sound of Architecture)

For educational environments we recommend the following configurations: Ceiling Suspension PanelsDivider PanelsWall Mount PanelsCloud Ceiling Panels

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Acoustic Cloud Panels in library

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Suspended Ceiling Panels in lecture hall

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Wall Mounted Panels in study hallway

HEALTHCARE

Medical clinics, hospitals, and aging homes are of major importance when it comes to patient comfort and staff productivity. A healing environment is often hard to achieve in such a technical setting. Poor acoustical conditions may have a negative impact on a patient’s physiological health and increase their chances of being readmitted to the hospital. Making sure that you have both healing visual aids and high performing acoustics is a relatively easy way to create a soothing environment that uplifts and inspires patients and staff. Proper acoustics facilitate clear communications, supports a more focused work environment to reduce medical error, lessens stress for staff and patients, promotes healing, and enhances patient privacy. Acoustics can also impact perceptions of privacy, comfort, safety, and security for patients and their families. (CISCA)

For healthcare environments we recommend the following configurations: Floating Suspension PanelsWall Mounted PanelsDivider Panels, and Cloud Ceiling Panels.

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Cloud Ceiling Panel in a medical facility hallway

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Acoustic Wall Mount Panel in palliative care unit

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Wall Mount Panel in medical facility hallway

HOSPITALITY

Whether a restaurant, hotel, or even airline lounge, the comfort of guests is the utmost important in the hospitality industry. Acoustics are especially important as it thrives on creating a multi-sensory experience for its customers. Currently, the modern design of most cafes, bars, and restaurants does not enable comfortable social interactions. Noise from a flood of conversation, often times closer than preferred, clanging cutlery, and the hustle and bustle of waitresses and bussers bring a level of noise that can easily be absorbed when appropriate acoustic configurations are applied.

For hospitality environments we recommend the following configurations: Ceiling Suspension PanelsWall Mount Panels, and LED Wall Mount Panels

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Alternating Vertical Suspended Ceiling Panels in a cafe

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Multi-floating Suspension Panel in lobby area

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LED Acoustic Wall Mount Panel in hotel reception area

CORPORATE

Acoustics in corporate interiors have become increasingly more problematic as offices grow to be more open, with collaborative teams and hard furniture, which create noise reverberations. Roughly 70 percent of all employees in open work areas report that the biggest impact on their productivity is the conversations of their coworkers. There have been tons of studies that argue poor acoustics in a workplace can be detrimental to work ethic and overall productivity. For instance, unwanted chatter, a loud HVAC, and music with a lack of acoustical absorption, can be very damaging to a healthy workplace.

For corporate environments we recommend the following configurations: Divider PanelsCeiling Suspension PanelsCloud Ceiling Panels, and Wall Mount Panels,

Harmful Effects of Sound in Architecture

Vertical Wall Mount Panels in conference room

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Divider Panels in open workspace

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Wall Mount Acoustic Panel in meeting area

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Contract Magazine AbilityLab

Congratulations to Clive Wilkinson Architects for being featured in Contract Magazine alongside client Shirley Ryan AbilityLab. Here is a look into this month’s issue of Contract to see our custom designed furniture pieces for the nationally awarded healthcare facility. The Shirley Ryan AbilityLab has been featured in Interior Design Magazine and been awarded the 2017 Chicago Innovation Award for Healthcare, Gold in Modern Healthcare Design Awards, US News Best Hospitals, and many more recognitions.

dTank’s scope for the project spans from custom light structures to think pods the patients will be interacting with day to day. Overall the project has more than 20 pieces of custom designed furniture and interactive medical equipment supplied by our furniture design firm. Every piece incorporates variety in design elements to defy healthcare environment norms and redefine the specifications of healing furniture. See a complete case study of our pieces including fabrication, form, and function here.

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Read the entire issue here.

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Redesigning Healthcare: RIC AbilityLab

Clive Wilkinson Architects redesigned the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago into the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab; A 27-story, 1.2-million-square-foot facility that gives patients 24/7 access to the brightest minds, the latest technology, and ergonomic furniture fabricated for research and recovery.Here are some pieces dTank designed and engineered for the AbilityLab, ultimately redesigning the way healthcare approaches interiors and healing spaces.

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Think Pod: Designed as a conference room for researchers and doctors to meet with an open roof, magnetic dry erase boards, and sound absorbent vinyl interiors for acoustic clarity. The pods are portable and highly functional with electrical outlets and monitor access.

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Physician Workstations: Cubicle style workstations with heavy duty steel framework, portable storage units, sound absorbent material, and locking capabilities.

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Mobile Storage Units: One-of-a-kind steel storage units for facility linens, tools, and folders.

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Light Fixture: Custom sky light fixture for the lobby with cable suspension and acrylic paneling to create an organic form.

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5 Standout Materials For Your Industry

Innovative materials we utilize when fabricating your commercial, corporate, educational or healthcare furniture.

CORPORATE

Over the past twenty years, dTank has developed an expertise in creating custom furniture solutions using solid hardwood for our clients in all industries. Our hardwood sources, exclusively located in the United States, handpick slabs to create the most dependable and beautiful conference tables, desks, cabinets, credenzas, armoires, and more. Solid hardwood is widely known for its durability and is more often than not the reason many choose it for their custom furniture pieces. Solid hardwood furniture can last for hundreds of years without the need of regular upkeep. Any scratches, water spot stains, dings or dents can easily be repaired and they are also much less expensive to repair than other options.

Custom dTank Credenza, bow-tie detailing with solid hardwood

Custom dTank Conference Table for Freemark Financial using solid hardwood

Custom dTank Credenza for Freemark Financial using solid hardwood

COMMERCIAL

For sleek and stunning commercial spaces, Chemetal laminate and metals are both reliable and consistent. Chemetal is equipped with endless collections and finishes, both handmade and machine manufactured by deep brushing, aging, and adding patinas. We use the Magnetic & Dry Erase features for commercial spaces to allow modification and practicality with each piece of furniture. Each piece is a unique work of art and manufactured with the utmost consistency to ensure repeatability.

Custom Magnetic Laminates

HEALTHCARE

For patients, privacy is inevitably important when visiting a clinic or a hospital. Carnegie has created a fabric that provides healthcare designers with a simple and calming solution to creating easy means of privacy. The collection includes a series of understated stripes in 3 scales and graphics which deliver a calming energy, all while meeting the demanding criteria of healthy spaces. The Beyond Wellness Collection pairs greatly with CoArt Acoustics for an acoustically sound space.

Beyond Wellness collection, Starburst

Healing Art CoArt Acoustics Ceiling Cloud Panel

EDUCATIONAL

Similar to corporate architectural design, many educational campuses are creating a biophilic layout which requires more outdoor furniture than ever. Libraries and classrooms are also becoming more collaborative and open, requiring furniture to be the most functional part of the building! Luckily, 3form‘s large scale and colorful panels allow for a creative custom pieces while maintaining the practicality of resin. With almost any color to chose from, it is great for branding school colors, adding playful designs, and creating a color coordinated visual aid for visitors.

3form’s Varia Ecoresin

HOSPITALITY

Using opulent or luxe fabrics can greatly enhance hospitality interiors and therefore a customer’s experience. Carnegie’s Uncommon Threadsis a series of panel textiles that combines technical yarns with off-loom techniques to produce highly textured surfaces. There are six patterns in the collection. The textiles are suited for contract environments such as dining and waiting areas, lobbies and lounges.

Carnegie Fabric’s Uncommon Threads

Carnegie Fabric’s Uncommon Threads

Carnegie Fabric’s Uncommon Threads

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Designing Healthcare for Millennials

As the millennials over take the baby boomers as the largest generation in America, healthcare has taken a dramatic shift in the way they approach designing for Millennials as they will be making decisions for both their children and even their parents. From Palliative Care Units to Rehabilitation Centers, revitalizing medical infrastructure, interiors, and furniture is crucial to staying alive in the wake of a new and influential generation.

Dallas-based architecture firm HKS Inc. and JE Dunn Construction Group’s report “Clinic 20XX: Designing for an Ever-Changing Present” helps us understand what it is that has changed since the Baby Boomers and what principles design firms can implement when designing clinics that are adaptive to ever-changing needs in physical, mental, and psychological healthcare. This research includes surveys taken from the two largest age cohorts, the Baby Boomer and Millennial populations.

“Frank Zilm, D. Arch., FAIA, FACHA, Chester Dean Director of the Institute for Health+Wellness Design at the University of Kansas, Lawrence, says that to address the needs of a new patient population, health care and design professionals should begin by researching places the people in question tend to congregate.”

“‘What’s the kind of environment they’re comfortable in, and to what degree can we respond to that in terms of a health care environment?’ he asks. ‘I would want to know more about the behavioral patterns and typical situations of the population, to see to what degree we can reflect or support that in the physical environment we’re trying to create in the health care world.

Recent breakthroughs have been made in healthcare and have shown dramatic results in success and retention rate. Our collaboration with Clive Wilkinson Architects for the Shirley Ryan AbilityLab aimed to dissolve the binary relationship between researcher and patients. In this setting, research, care and recovery are done hand in hand with collaborative efforts from nurses, patients, researchers and physicians making it a fully integrated experience.

As a whole, millennials ranked more things higher in general including a quiet environment; 24/7 access; internet access and integration; daylight and views; virtual or video access to a remote clinician; fitness, wellness and retail amenities; mobile apps for making appointments and tracking health information; and a spa like environment. This means incorporating furniture that can support this system such as acoustic design, desking with accessible outlets, comfortable seating, mobile furniture, and even healing art. Often times this means investing in custom furniture that help relay the architecture of your brand and further enables a tailored experience.

Essentially millennials just want more and make decisions very critically. “So, we give them clean, we give them efficient and we give them an enhanced experience that exceeds expectation,” Nanda explains. “And to do so, we have to understand them better, and raise the bar higher for our own industry.”

Mobile Think Pods by dTank, Shirley Ryan AbilityLab, Rehabilitation Center of Chicago

With the digital age and expectations of millennials, it is important for healthcare to enhance connectivity across a variety of settings. The Clinic 20XX report shows that this connectivity needs to happen both with technology and other people. Patients expect technology to be integrated every step of the way so that they can participate and be involved with their care says Kerianne Graham, RA, AIA, associate, health care architect, NBBJ’s New York City office. “Online registration, digital check-in kiosks and computer displays that allow patients and caregivers to review and discuss health information together are important to designing a positive patient experience, she says.”

Healthcare clinics, once designed around ergonomics and operational efficiency have now began to look beyond these attributes and into a technological force that can help drive user and staff experience, making both work together in a more integrated way.

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