Send en­tries for an­nual De­sign Awards com­pe­ti­tion

Modern Healthcare - - COMMENT -

En­tries are now be­ing ac­cepted for the 32nd an­nual De­sign Awards pro­gram.

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

The goal of this pro­gram is to rec­og­nize fa­cil­i­ties that stand out in meet­ing those cri­te­ria. Gold, sil­ver and bronze ci­ta­tions will be awarded. Once again we will present an “en­vi­ron­men­tally friendly” award to a health­care fa­cil­ity that, for ex­am­ple, demon­strates in­no­va­tion in en­ergy ef­fi­ciency, choice of build­ing ma­te­ri­als and man­age­ment of wa­ter con­sump­tion and other re­sources. The awards also in­clude 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 only open to reg­is­tered ar­chi­tects. All types and sizes of pa­tient-care-re­lated fa­cil­i­ties are el­i­gi­ble, built or un­built. Nom­i­nated fa­cil­i­ties can be any­where in the world.

The dead­line for en­tries is June 23. For more in­for­ma­tion on the cri­te­ria and the en­try process, visit mod­ern­health­care.com/des­ig­nawards.

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