The grand avenues that radiate from Detroit’s city center once accommodated the people who lived, worked, and shopped in the area. Over time, they devolved to serve fast-moving cars fleeing the city. Reviving the street life along these avenues could help revive the city. Here is an idea for such a transformation.
As designers, we support healthcare providers in fulfilling their oath: first, do no harm. What happens when we merge those oaths in the context of society’s most challenging patients: mental health patients? This research exploration takes an historical tour of how society stereotyped mental health patients and neglected their environmental needs, with the goal of transforming mental health environments.
Hari Priya Rangarajan (),
Jordan Thompson (Perkins+Will)
This article outlines the use of process modeling at Perkins+Will to determine the appropriate size of waiting spaces and number of seats for outpatient clinics in a medical office building in the Southeast. Inputs to the process model included provider schedules, length of time for each process during a patient’s visit, and probabilities of the number of people accompanying each patient to a visit.
Sudhan Chinnappan (HCA),
Amanda Mewborn (Piedmont Healthcare)
Healthcare Environments tend to use color, pattern, and childlike imagery liberally to reduce perceived pain and stress. This paper examines the effectiveness of this strategy across pediatric age groups.
Jamie Huffcut (Gensler),
Tama Duffy Day (Gensler)
The practice of green building has caused significant changes in the construction industry, exposing architects to new legal liabilities. The objective of this paper is to investigate, identify and clarify the understanding of architects’ professional liability risks associated with the design and construction of green buildings and how to manage those risks.
This article outlines the use of a Lean design process, enabled by simulation modeling, to determine the appropriate size of an emergency department based on current patient volumes and projected patient volumes in 12 years. The results of the study were used to reduce facility size and construction costs without compromising on patient care.
Amanda Mewborn (Piedmont Healthcare),
Sudhan Chinnappan (HCA)
A Perkins+Will design team used lean modeling to reduce patient wait times at a large hospital. This hospital had over 100,000 annual emergency visits, and often had no open exam rooms and waiting areas during peak hours. The design team optimized operations to increase capacity and decrease wait time while minimizing new construction.
Marvina Williams (Perkins+Will),
Jeff Tyner (Perkins+Will)
The objective of this paper is to investigate architect’s responsibilities and obligations during construction, resulting in a better understanding of the scope and limits of architects’ services and the risk architects face.
It is a commonly held belief that the construction of rail transit systems and more specifically the stations along the system, drives real estate development in the areas they serve. In practice, however, the success of this concept has not been consistent. The goal of this article is to provide a methodology for analyzing the real performance of each station relative to its potential.
David Green (Perkins+Will)
This article discusses a research/teaching collaboration between Perkins+Will and the University of Cincinnati and a unique design studio that was initiated as part of this collaboration.
Todd Snapp (Perkins+Will),
Michael Hodge (Gensler),
Ming Tang (University of Cincinnati)