Architecture prof compiles best health facility design principles

A client's clear vision is one of 12 principles compiled by Kirk Hamilton, interim director of the Texas A&M Center for Health Systems & Design and professor of architecture, that lead to the creation of successful, new healthcare facilities. Hamilton compiled the list from a series of interviews of experts in healthcare administration, design and construction. 

The list, published in a white paper, “Owner Organization for Successful Project Outcomes,” includes the experts’ ideas about improving processes to create and maintain the complex built environment required to support the U.S. healthcare system. 

The interviews were part of a research program hosted by the National Institute of Building Science’s Academy for Healthcare Infrastructure to address what it calls “the overwhelming uncertainty facing almost every segment of the American healthcare industry.”

In addition to a clear client's vision, other principles Hamilton compiled in the paper are:

  • Clear, documented project objectives;
  • Qualified, experienced staff; 
  • A stable of pre-qualified consultants and contractors;
  • Standards that simplfy decisions and do not stifle innovation;
  • A hierarchical command structure for the project team;
  • Timely, effective communication;
  • Constant attention to cost and schedule control;
  • Project leaders in the same room during planning;
  • Explicit rewards for excellent individual performance;
  • Project leaders that believe in the benefits of collaboration, and
  • Trust among project team members.

The white paper was one of five papers created in the AHI’s research program presented at the academy’s 2016 forum Jan. 11 at Building Innovation 2016: The National Institute of Building Sciences Fourth Annual Conference & Expo in Washington, D.C.

Other white papers in the AHI initiative include healthcare design and planning experts’ views on developing a flexible healthcare infrastructure; improving overall healthcare business success by considering project planning and project delivery; potential future directions in healthcare and the daunting task of improving healthcare services while lowering costs. 

posted March 28, 2016