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  |  Channel: Cities, Health, Process, Regeneration, Resiliency, Sustainability, Water
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RELi is a comprehensive response to the urgent need for resiliency in Design + Planning. Sustaining a reasonable level of safety and quality in our day to day lives now requires that we collectively respond to the weather extremes, economic disruption + resource depletion that are becoming common place globally, regionally, and locally. Resiliency involves... Read more »

By Doug Pierce (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Health, Intellect, Workplace
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Stand Up to Work is an original study designed to assess the health impact of newly introduced adjustable workstations in a traditional office environment. We intend to assess the sustainability of behavioral changes that may be induced by the intervention. Funders: ASID

By John Haymaker (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Health, Healthcare
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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.

By David Treece (Smith Group),
Hari Priya Rangarajan (),
Jordan Thompson (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Health, Healthcare, Process
PWRJ_Vol0402_05_The Impact of an Operational Process on Space

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.

By Marvina Williams (Perkins+Will),
Sudhan Chinnappan (HCA),
Amanda Mewborn (Piedmont Healthcare)
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  |  Channel: Health, Healthcare
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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.

By Samira Pasha (Texas A&M University),
Jamie Huffcut (Gensler),
Tama Duffy Day (Gensler)
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  |  Channel: Health, Healthcare, Process
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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.

By Marvina Williams (Perkins+Will),
Amanda Mewborn (Piedmont Healthcare),
Sudhan Chinnappan (HCA)
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  |  Channel: Health, Healthcare, Process
PWRJ_Vol0402_05_The Impact of an Operational Process on Space

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.

By Amanda Mewborn (Piedmont Healthcare),
Marvina Williams (Perkins+Will),
Jeff Tyner (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Energy, Health, Process, Sustainability, Water
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This paper discusses building commissioning, particularly focusing on capturing design intent throughout the project lifecycle. Cost-implications, benefits, and roles of agents are discussed. Tools and applications aimed at facilitating the process are presented.

By Ajla Aksamija (Perkins+Will)
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  |  Channel: Energy, Health, Sustainability, Technology
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North House is a prototype of a net-positive energy solar powered residence. It implements a Distributed Responsive System of Skins (DReSS), Central Home Automation Server (CHAS), and an Adaptive Living Interface System (ALIS) to achieve a net-positive energy profile. It is part of a larger interdisciplinary and inter-institutional exploration of responsive envelopes.

By Geoffrey Thün (University of Michigan),
Kathy Velikov (University of Michigan)