6 Hospital Construction Trends

6 Hospital Construction Trends

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Hospital construction trends are shifting from unwelcoming glass boxes to green buildings that incorporate nature, offer state-of-the-art treatment equipment, and are more patient-friendly. As a general contractor and construction management company, we at Ausonio strive to stay on top of the latest developments in construction to deliver quality care to your patients. A few are detailed below:

New & Innovative Medical Facility Construction Trends

  1. Smaller Medical Facilities
  2. Less Intimidating Hospital Exteriors
  3. Designing Healthcare Floors For Traffic Flow
  4. No-Touch Features In Medical Restrooms
  5. Facility Design for Green & Sustainable Healthcare
  6. Emergency Screening Areas

1. Smaller Medical Facilities

There are many small communities in the United States without local emergency rooms or care centers. As communities seek quality healthcare, micro-hospitals that require minimal staffing are becoming a popular option. Our knowledgeable Ausonio team has extensive experience in building and renovating smaller local clinics (Coast Valley Imaging, Salinas Valley Imaging, and Pinnacle Healthcare, to name a few) and is passionate about improving health in our communities.

2. Improving Hospital Exterior-Friendliness

Studies have shown that patients are more likely to seek healthcare and have a more positive outcome when a hospital feels more friendly and inviting on the exterior. In response to these studies, medical facility construction is incorporating outdoor spaces and softens the exterior appearance. Ausonio has a strong relationship with Natividad Medical Center in Salinas and routinely performs improvements throughout the hospital. In the past few years, we have made significate ADA pathway and parking improvements to make the exterior more appealing to the incoming patient.

3. Healthcare Floor Design for Traffic Flow

A hospital can quickly become a maze of corridors and pass-throughs after updating older buildings or including add-ons. By realigning the floor plates and defining floor uses, these issues can be eliminated, which makes the medical facility easier to use and navigate.

4. No-Touch Features In Medical Restrooms

COVID-19 highlighted the importance of keeping high-touch fixtures in restrooms as clean as possible. Hospitals are now looking into upgrading faucets, toilets, soap dispensers, and other sanitary items with no-touch fixtures.

5. Developing Green & Sustainable Healthcare Facilities

Using LEED design for new hospital construction reduces the number of materials that go into the waste stream during its construction. It also makes it easier to run an energy-efficient building after construction has been completed.

6. Emergency Screening Areas

In response to the pandemic, hospitals set up temporary screening areas made of temporary materials and furniture. As a result, hospitals are now including designated screening areas that handle patients with specific ailments before admitting them to the hospital.

Construction Services Near Salinas, CA

Serving Monterey County, San Benito County, and Santa Cruz County in California, Ausonio Incorporated can help you turn your hospital construction plans into reality. We engage in green building practices and are a LEED commercial contractor. Get in touch with us to learn more about our construction management.

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