Facility Planning Essays

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Facility Planning Part II

Facility Planning Part II
In this paper I will discuss the regulatory requirements and their effect on the design and equipment, Color selection implications and noise issues, type of equipment needed, electronic items needed, examination of budget planning and cost estimates, and description of the role of stakeholders in facility planning and development.
Hospitals are among the most regulated of all building types. Like other buildings, they must follow the local and/or state general building codes. However, federal facilities on federal property generally need not comply with state and local codes, but follow federal regulations. To be licensed by the state, design must comply with the individual state
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Hospital patients are often fearful and confused and these feelings may impede recovery. Every effort should be made to make the hospital stay as unthreatening, comfortable, and stress-free as possible. The interior designer plays a major role in this effort to create a therapeutic environment. A hospital's interior design should be based on a comprehensive understanding of the facility's mission and its patient profile. The characteristics of the patient profile will determine the degree to which the interior design should address aging, loss of visual acuity, other physical and mental disabilities, and abusiveness (WBDG, 2010).
Some important aspects of creating a therapeutic interior are: * Using familiar and culturally relevant materials wherever consistent with sanitation and other functional needs. Using cheerful and varied colors and textures, keeping in mind that some colors are inappropriate and can interfere with provider assessments of patients' pallor and skin tones, disorient older or impaired patients, or agitate patients and staff, particularly some psychiatric patients (WBDG, 2010). * Admitting ample natural light wherever feasible and using color-corrected lighting in interior spaces which closely approximates natural daylight * Providing views of the outdoors from every patient bed, and elsewhere wherever possible; photo murals of nature scenes are helpful where outdoor views are not available * Designing
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