Nom­i­na­tions sought for an­nual De­sign Awards

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

Mod­ern Health­care is ac­cept­ing en­tries for its 31st an­nual De­sign Awards com­pe­ti­tion.

Con­tem­po­rary health­care de­sign has evolved far be­yond daz­zling fa­cades, grand ho­tel-like en­trances and heal­ing gar­dens. Max­i­mum func­tion­al­ity for pro­fes­sional staff, flex­i­bil­ity to ac­com­mo­date chang­ing ser­vice needs and pa­tient-cen­tric in­te­rior de­signs have be­come key pri­or­i­ties in health­care ar­chi­tec­ture. In­creas­ingly im­por­tant is a build­ing’s “sus­tain­abil­ity,” fo­cus­ing on en­ergy con­sump­tion and en­vi­ron­men­tally sound con­struc­tion pro­cesses.

The mis­sion of this pro­gram is to rec­og­nize fa­cil­i­ties that stand out in meet­ing those cri­te­ria. Gold, sil­ver and bronze ci­ta­tions will be awarded. New this year is recog­ni­tion of an “en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly” health­care fa­cil­ity, one that, for ex­am­ple, demon­strates in­no­va­tion in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, choice of build­ing ma­te­ri­als and man­age­ment of wa­ter con­sump­tion and other re­sources. The awards pro­gram also in­cludes a cat­e­gory for a “se­nior-friendly” fa­cil­ity, one that in­cludes a num­ber of fea­tures and ameni­ties to meet the needs of older pa­tients.

The com­pe­ti­tion is open only to reg­is­tered ar­chi­tects. All types and sizes of pa­tient-care-re­lated fa­cil­i­ties are el­i­gi­ble, built or un­built. Nom­i­nated fa­cil­i­ties can be in the U.S., a U.S. ter­ri­tory or an­other coun­try.

The dead­line for en­tries is June 24. For more in­for­ma­tion on the cri­te­ria and the en­try process, visit modernhealth­­ig­nawards.

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