Health Care Facilities
Health care facilities are made up of a wide range of types, from small and relatively simple medical clinics to large, complex, and costly, teaching and research hospitals. The design, management and construction of medical facilities is amongst the most complex of fields in construction and design. The services that go to make up medical installations are amongst the most involved and specialized and coordination of the various trades can test the limits of even the most experienced teams.
At ARCOR we have designed and overseen the construction of some of the most complex of medical installations from laminar flow theaters to linear accelerators to complex multi-treatment wards and operating theaters. Often all this has been carried out in existing hospitals; without interrupting services providing a seamless transition from existing to new installations.
The functional considerations of a hospital are extremely important and include both diagnostic and treatment functions that range from operating theaters to emergency rooms and hospitality functions such as food service. Regulations and codes that govern the design, construction and the operations of hospitals are therefore understandably, very broad. Hospitals are among the most regulated of all building types. Like other buildings, they must follow the local and/or state general building codes.
A team of highly specialized professionals is usually required in the planning and design of hospitals. As the whole health care system is suffering from cost pressures, designers are experiencing significant challenges balancing the construction costs of their designs and containing construction schedules while trying to comply with high standards of quality. In Construction Risk Profiling™ paying attention to ADA requirements and potentially vulnerable areas for construction defects as early as possible is always central for time and cost savings.