“We have to look at value per square foot as opposed to cost per square foot.”

Emerging trends and the direction of the healthcare industry and how it affects planning, design and construction was the topic for Connecticut Building Congress’ February program. Andy Morse, Arcadis USA, Inc and a member of CBC’s Program Committee moderated a discussion among health care owners and representatives from A/E/C firms to discuss the changing facility needs for an industry in transition.

Kurt Baur, AIA, ACHA, Director of Healthcare Architecture, Fletcher Thompson, when asked if it was worth it to build new facilities, responded, “it is absolutely worth it. So many facilities have gotten older, inefficient and ineffective.” He added that new and upgraded facilities “need to make the process of patient care more efficient”, from the facility standpoint as well as the patient’s standpoint.

“Hospitals are seeing a shift in reimbursement rates from quantity to quality, as outcome-based incentives become the standard,” added Stanley Hunter, Master Plan Project Director, Stamford Hospital. “In addition, the number of large projects is going down, but there is great need in the communities, where acute care is so important.”

Another challenge to the healthcare industry comes from competition between healthcare facilities which is driving a need to improve efficiency in other areas. “There are tremendous incentives around energy efficiency,” added Anthony Caputo, CHFM, Director, Facilities Management, Norwalk Hospital. Advances in technology are also increasing demand for “IT infrastructure that allows for ‘tele-medicine,’” where care and evaluation services are dispensed in the communities, or even in paitents’ homes, and information is then transferred to the large hospitals, where the patients will receive care.

Claudio Capone, FACHE, Director of Business Development, St. Mary’s Healthcare System, talked about yet another way new facilities are improving efficiency. “What’s inside the facilities is very different – much more acute care than before.” The interior design must improve patient experience – there is competition and seekers of care have a number of options from which to choose.

For a design perspective, Bill Karanian, Chief Operations Officer, The SLAM Collaborative, shared that balancing the risks with the need to innovate is a challenge. “We need more predictable outcomes, ant that starts with architects. We have to look at value per square foot as opposed to cost per square foot.” The focus in design needs to address the increasing need for “collaborative spaces used for interdisciplinary functions.”

The CBC will hold its next program on Tuesday, March 10* at Central Connecticut State University (Memorial Hall) 1615 Stanley Street, New Britain, CT. February 10* at the Cascade in Hamden.  Come hear about the CT Department of Economic and Community Development’s Brownfields, Waterfront, and Transit-Oriented Development Program and what it has been doing to improve our State’s economy and reputation as a leader in Brownfield redevelopment. Learn about how two completely different development projects benefitted from this funding—one that experienced reinvigorated commercial activity along Stamford's waterfront, and another that supported a grassroots effort to kickstart the initial step in transforming a former manufacturing complex into a vibrant venue for the creative arts in centrally located Cheshire.

*In the case of snow cancellation, the event will be held the following day, Wednesday, March 11, 2015, same time and location

News media are invited to attend as our guest.

Visit www.cbc-ct.org for registration and sponsorship opportunities.

Andy Morse (standing) watches while the panel discusses coming trends in healthcare facilities. Seated (l-r): Stanley Hunter, Bill Karanian, Kurt Baur, Anthony Caputo, Claudio Capone

All photos from the Event

For immediate release – February 13, 2015

Theresa Casey, FSMPS, CPSM
Executive Director
Connecticut Building Congress

Rich Bergan
Marketing Co-Chair
Connecticut Building Congress

Dave Walsh
Marketing Co-Chair
Connecticut Building Congress



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