A Healthcare Facility’s Design Planning Process


The design team made sure that they had thorough knowledge and know-how pertaining to the regulation and rules which includes accreditation, federal regulations, local regulations and also the state regulations. These regulations were used as the foundation by which the rest of the design was to be established. Medical equipment more than any other equipment is put under high scrutiny, this comes after consideration that patients with no self reaction mechanism or their sensory neurons could incapacitate, which would expose them to hazardous conditions, like being connected to equipment that is conducting electric current hence this kind of patients cannot help themselves in such conditions especially under critical conditions. It could lead to the death of a patient. With the relevant knowledge on the issues of regulations, it becomes easy cost-effectively to have the equipment, increased safety of the product and fast clearance to use them (Jennifer, 2011).

When considering a health care facility there usually arises challenges that arise from conflicting demands that arise from numerous sources, these sources include the issues of cost balancing, needs that are functional, adhering to the regulations and the objectives in mind. These goals included reduction and controlling of the environment that is prone to risks and also hazards; prevention of injuries and also accidents; maintenance of a safe environment that is sensitive to the needs associated with the customer and also alleviating stresses that are associated with the environment to the patients, the staff and also visitors (Jennifer, 2011).

During the initial planning, the team responsible for the design specifications developed a list containing design elements that were put into consideration larger share space, amenities and also considered extensive services that would be rendered to patients. This being the foundation on which the design would rely, then further concepts that were more fanciful but realistic also were incorporated after which the overall budget was developed. The final design plan incorporated design from all the participants involved with an aim of removing waste, errors, delays, and that materials which were used for building were feasible to attain the facility’s objective within the budget (Jennifer, 2011).

The team developed a schematic design that focused on the facility’s design needs which entailed including functional areas that are related closely to each other to reduce the distance existing that would exist between points that were used frequently, the schematic design also sought to bring into control the movement of people and also objects, this process provided adequate housekeeping and also areas for record-keeping that were adequate, the schematic design brought carefully considered enough security for the facility and also addressed the issue of aged patients and those that are disabled by creating enough space for navigation for mobiles beds and wheelchairs and also using a bench that is portable, the schematic design did give assistance to the design team by providing a facility that is therapeutic, accessible and also cost-effective (Sonja, 2011)..

It was clear in the mind of the designers that to accomplish a design that was patient-focused situated in an environment of healing, giving satisfaction to a range of patients and also the staff group and community, at the same time be able to accommodate technological evolution and impact from the environment, patients would desire to be comfortable. To be able to satisfy these requirements would definitely result in patient safety, outcome, and eliminate patients being transferred to other facilities (Jennifer, 2011).

So that the design team could encourage the use of emerging trends in technology the designers organized a flexible facility design, to accomplish this design team included modular spacing concepts that were open-ended, the design included sustainable green elements into the plan that included solar panels to stores enough energy to be used by the laser equipment that requires a massive power supply, and appropriate waste disposal and efficient use of water.

Color selection implications and noise issues

The design team with a medical planner, architect, interior designers and landscape designer teamed up to discuss what design to implement in the facility. With an understanding that patients are usually fearful and unsure of their state and safety, a complex facility does lead to further stress of the patient, stress has the capacity to inhibit the immune system and can also dampen a patient’s spiritual and emotional resources, which would result to hampered recovery and healing of the patient. With this in mind, the design team’s objectives were to eliminate or reduce the stress associated with the environment, offer distracters that were positive, offer social support and provide the patient with a sense of self-control. The design team incorporated Artwork and aesthetics which have the capacity to enhance soothing and also calming effects emanating from the space, mitigating waiting time with positive destructors, incorporating visual and noise privacy by installing acoustic treatment on corridors adjacent to the health facility and separating the staff work areas from the facility, eliminating medical odors that can create stress, use of lights that are appropriate and give support to natural circadian rhythm or lights that emulating natural light patterns. The design team ensured that there was the maintenance of air condition similar to the one that is outdoor (Jennifer, 2011) where possible.

Equipment and electronic items needed

The cyberknife equipment was installed and a voluminous reference book was issued to aid its users to understand it better, all the team members of the project were required to read it. The book entailed the detailed requirements like for shielding, installing of lights that were specific, required locations for the medical hookups for gas, the requirement for specific door types, requirements for a control panel and also storage equipment were all necessary for the successful operation of the facility, It was required that the manuals be read, comprehend the terminologies, conduct interviews with the patients, and also talking to the employees of the hospital who would be using the equipment to treat the patients on a daily basis (Sonja, 2011).

Description of the role of stakeholders in facility planning and development

The team that undertook the design included the chief nurse executive, project manager, and the design team that incorporated a medical planner, architect, interior designer and landscape designer.

The chief nurse executive offered leadership in the sense of the priorities for the organization of the hospital based on the broader strategic plan. Providing a culture of innovation that put into consideration high-quality operations care to patients in relation to the design and also offered adequate funding for the project (Jennifer, 2011).

The project manager was responsible for outlining and managing the whole project from the start to the end and allocating all required resources to the specific phases of the project.

The design team working together with the rest of the time came up with the relevant design of the facility.

Examination of budget planning and cost estimates

The project was not a major project, it took two weeks to complete, and hence the budget plan was not complex.

Standard Cost Plans

Allowances for Project Specifics, Site Specifics, Environmental Requirement, Percentage allowances for Travel and Engineering, Staging Costs, Design and Contract Contingencies, Locality Adjustment, Fees and other Client and Area Health Service Costs, Allowances for foundation design internal partition and site conditions

Gantt chart that details an implementation plan

  • The initial step for the project involved planning which entailed sharing of the vision
  • Schematic design and verification of the schematic design
  • Implementation of the design
  • Installation of the cyberknife equipment.
  • Testing functionality of the facility
Gantt chart that details an implementation plan
Gantt chart that details an implementation plan


Sonja, M. (2011). Cutting edge healthcare facility design. Web.

Jennifer, W. (2011). Guidelines for Design & Construction of Hospital & Health Care Facilities. Web.

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