Photo by John Edwards
ON THE COVER: A view up the spiral staircase at the University of Washington Medical Center Surgery Pavilion, completed in 2003. The $92 million project was designed by NBBJ in partnership with Keating/Khang. Hoffman Construction Co. was the general contractor/construction manager.
This year's special publication on the design and construction of health care projects starts with a look at a new state law regarding patient safety during
Next, we look at changes to the hospital environment, including hospital gardens
and hotel-like amenities.
We discuss how, starting in 2007, the state intends to adopt
AIA/FGI guidelines as
standards in health care design, construction, management and maintenance.
Then, we travel over to Issaquah, where Swedish Medical Center has built the state's first freestanding
New technologies are also in the spotlight, such as building information modeling,
or BIM, which allows project teams to build in a virtual environment before
One example of the use of BIM in health care design and construction
is the Swedish Orthopedic
Institute, where early error detection helped save time on the project.
Finally, we take a look at how the baby boom generation is reshaping what it means to grow older, and what that means to the future of health care design.