Wednesday, January 30, 2013

2013 IIDA Georgia Chapter Partners

A big Welcome and Thank You to our IIDA Georgia Chapter Partners for 2013!

On behalf of the Chapter we are excited to announce that our Partnership/Sponsorship Drive for 2013 was a great success –We had almost 90% of our 2012 Partners returning this year, and have several new Partners that we are welcoming on board as well.   They represent a variety of important products and services and I hope that you will show them your support as we move through the year.

Our Partners are the life-blood of our Chapter and we simply could not provide the infrastructure and programming without them.  Please recognize these industry friends and thank them for their generous support of the IIDA Georgia Chapter:

Daltile / Mohawk Group
Wilsonart International
Herman Miller
3M Architectural Markets
Office Creations, Inc.
Tandus Flooring
Interceramic Tile & Stone
Sherwin Williams
Shaw Contract Group
Knoll Textiles
Interface FLOR
Steelcase Inc.
NFL Officeworks
Mannington Commercial
Office Furniture Concierge
Architex International
United States Gypsum Co
OFS Brands
DeKalb Office
CFC Group
Southern Business Systems
Lighting Associates, Inc.


Cynthia Hovorka, President, IIDA Georgia Chapter
Christine Lakso, Partnership Leader, IIDA Georgia Chapter

Monday, January 14, 2013

Reimagining the Medical Office Building

Healthcare Forum
submitted by:  Heather Lombard, CDH Partners, IIDA, RID, RN

The continuing transformation of the healthcare industry and the changing Medical Office Building (MOB) gives providers, architects and developers a new perspective on designing MOBs.  Culture, workflow and technology are shifting the criteria of designing and operating the typical medical office building.

Key trends in designing multispecialty MOBs:
-Fewer public hallways
-Larger shared reception areas
-Restrooms, storage, labs and imaging, breakrooms, conference rooms are becoming shared spaces
-Exam rooms are becoming standardized pods for multiple specialties and can easily be modified
-Business offices are centralized and possibly eliminated
-Some staff will be shared and will be cross-trained and cross-utilized
-Evidence-base design principles promote well-being and therapeutic environments

Benefits includes:
-Streamlining workflow between multispecialty MOBs to reduce costs
There will be MOBs that are naturally complimentary in a collaborative setting
      Female Baby Boomers
o   weight loss
o   anti-aging
o   mammography
o   OB-GYN and
o   plastic surgery

o   sports medicine
o   rehabilitation
o   physical therapy

o   electronic medical records
o   tablet computing
o   wireless networks with touchdown workstations
o   materials selected to enhance connectivity

-Patients and employees
o   multispecialty MOBs are all about the patient experience 
o   patient’s family, physician’s, staff, and health system as a whole as enjoy the collaborative, efficient flow
o   simplified building layout makes for a pleasant, inviting visit
o   health systems benefit from reduced construction and operating costs and great employee productivity

A well designed multispecialty MOB can create an environment that facilitates cultural shifts and changing needs.  It is a one stop shop that is efficient, attractive, convenient and cost effective.

Read more: 

By Cinda Z. Terry, RID and Brenda Bush-Moline, AIA, LEED AP, EDAC
Healthcare Design, August 2012

Friday, January 4, 2013

Changing Course to Connect Campus Design

Changing Course to Connect Campus Design to a New Kind of Student

For the past two years, Gensler has been conducting studies about student preferences for learning and studying.  The most remarkable part is how campus design does and does not support how these millenials, postmillenials and digital natives grew up immursed in technologies.

Their needs for heads down focus, connectivity, and collaboration don't fit the realities of on-campus spaces.  The integration of the virtual learning seems to pair well with a renewed interest in the physical classroom - deplugging and interacting with classmates - rather than the virtual options.  What are today's students looking for when it comes to learning environments?

See the link below to more deeply understand the results of Gensler's research.