Craig Pickerel, project manager and architect at SSOE Group, is featured in this article recently published in Healthcare Design Magazine. The article focuses on the growing trend of emergency department (ED) expansion and the latest variations in healthcare facility design used to accommodate the operational changes and improve the end-user experience.
EDs, by design, offer rapid and diversified care, and are typically the first — sometimes only — space within a hospital a patient experiences. Quite often, EDs are the “introduction to the hospital for patients,” says Pickerel, also sharing his notion that “a well-maintained space can transform the perception of care.” Warm colors, inviting entries, and the right lobby décor can become a differentiator in the increasingly competitive emergency care market.
With a wide spectrum of care required, an unceasingly high volume of patients, and emerging competition, many organizations are responding by making significant changes operationally to better serve. Some adaptations include implementing a ‘fast-track care’ approach and positioning physicians up front to better assess patients upon arrival — utilizing space while still controlling the environment, improving care and comfort without sacrificing functionality. The designs of these spaces are being modified to more easily integrate these kinds of trends, reevaluating components such as layout, aesthetics, equipment, and furnishings to more effectively treat the varied needs of patients, while also providing a warmer experience to them.
Lauren Collier, Assoc. AIA, design technology section manager at SSOE Group, is featured in this article recently published in ARCHITECT Magazine. The article reviews recent industry trends related to cloud-based system use, going beyond file sharing and backup. Companies are beginning to incorporate the cloud into schematic design, project management, energy performance analysis, renderings, and other outsourced tasks. The cloud offers adept speed that releases us from our dependency on less-efficient company servers, and generating productive collaboration.
Peter Wilmarth, RA, an architect at SSOE Group with over 35 years of experience, offers his thoughts as to how those of us in the chemical industry can gain insight from the West Fertilizer plant explosion in his recent Chemical Processing Magazine publication. The tragic blast occurred in 2013 in West, Texas — killing 15 people and injuring over 160 — and elevated the issue of safety in relation to hazardous industrial processes.
Joel Kramer, PE, senior structural engineer at SSOE Group, was recently published in Plant Services Magazine, discussing the challenges related to the remediation of aging infrastructures and offering his expert insight on how best to upgrade with minimal disruption of production. Kramer includes applicable examples of specific projects, describing some of the strategies employed that, although simple, led to advantageous outcomes.
David Young and Jim Swope, PMP, senior project managers at SSOE Group, wrote a newly published article in Food Manufacturing Magazine discussing the advantages of pre-owned manufacturing equipment and some of the challenges related to its utilization. Between food and personnel safety, operational productivity, and overall integrity, there is a lot to think about in relation to equipment. Choosing the right used equipment can significantly cut costs while also shortening lead time—a winning combination serving to improve the bottom line without sacrificing quality.
Joe Kunkle, AIA, PE, LEED AP, principal account executive at SSOE Group, recently authored an article in University Business Magazine, turning the spotlight on ways universities are now preparing their students for an economically sustainable future, while also shifting their perceptions and values in a greener direction.