Using Biophilic Building Design to Improve Patient Outcomes

Whether it’s home, work, school, or elsewhere, we spend more than 90 percent of our time indoors today. When everything from the furniture we sit on to the sources of our light are artificial, it is easy to lose the connection to the natural world that we need as human beings. This can have a […]

Taking Control of Energy Costs in Your Healthcare Facility

Healthcare organizations must juggle numerous priorities—clinical outcomes, patient satisfaction, infection control, revenue cycle management, and physician and staff satisfaction to name a few. This often leaves something like energy conservation near the bottom of the list. With patient care at the forefront, reducing energy usage may even seem counterintuitive. Building System Challenges Most healthcare facilities […]

Finding the Right Professional Partners for Your Mission-Based Organization

Mission- or value-based organizations—such as philanthropic organizations, non-profit colleges or universities, social service organizations, charitable foundations, and other not-for-profit entities—have additional considerations when looking for professional services partners. It’s not just about who can do the work best, but also who aligns with their brand and core values. Professional services partners can include any external […]

COVID Healthcare Redesign: Start with the Emergency Department

Infection control has always been important in healthcare environments, but thanks to COVID-19, the stakes are suddenly exponentially higher. Hospitals and other healthcare facilities must now take even more precautions, overhaul processes and procedures, and start thinking about both short- and long-term changes that will need to be made to physical spaces. However, the sheer […]

Material Selections to Prevent the Spread of COVID-19 in Healthcare Facilities

By Elizabeth Bishop, Interior Designer specializing in Healthcare. The COVID-19 pandemic was an unexpected blow to the healthcare system. Just weeks into the pandemic, we were talking about dramatic changes to how hospitals and other healthcare facilities should be designed and operated in the future. If you didn’t have a renovation already in the pipeline, […]

Video Fly-Through for Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital

See Inside the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Research Centre   Upon completion, the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Hospital and Research Centre in Karachi, Pakistan, will serve a region of nearly 23 million people. The facility is over 800,000 sq. ft. with inpatient, outpatient, surgical, and research modalities. A large portion of the facility is dedicated […]

Q&A Session with John Hitron, Medical Equipment Planner

Fast Facts about John Position: Medical Equipment Planner Education: University of Kentucky Interesting Hobby: Hot Air Ballooning Favorite Place in Louisville: The Falls of Ohio State Park   Although occasionally an aeronaut, John Hitron, Senior Architect/Medical Planner, is anything but flighty. With his feet planted firmly in architectural soil, he sat down for a few […]

3 Reasons You Need a Medical Equipment Planner on Your Design Team

When designing clinical spaces in a hospital or other medical facility, it’s important to assemble the right team. This includes individuals on the design side—such as architects, engineers, and interior designers—and on the clinical side—such as physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and others who will be using the space every day. It also includes a very important […]

Q&A Session with John “J.R.” Robertson, Healthcare Studio Lead

Fast Facts About John Robertson Discipline: Architecture Education: University of Kentucky Favorite Movie: Hoosiers       John “J.R.” Robertson comes to Schmidt Associates from Louisville, KY, architecture firm Arrasmith. Our two firms joined forces earlier this year to provide even greater service and expertise to our clients and communities. J.R.’s more than 30 years […]

Schmidt Associates Welcomes Louisville Architecture Firm

Joining forces means expanded services and support for clients and the community Schmidt Associates announced today that it has welcomed the team at Arrasmith in Louisville, Ky., into the firm. Arrasmith’s experience in healthcare—including university lab, hospital, and medical research facility design—will support the joined firm’s Healthcare Studio. Full-service healthcare architecture and engineering is now […]