Healthcare Construction Considerations
The importance in planning and efficiently executing a healthcare construction project is paramount for the success of that project. A wide range of factors need to be carefully considered well before ground is broken or renovations begin. From preventing infection to minimizing disturbance to the patients or staff within the facility, there is no one perfect method of hospital construction.
In recent years, hospitals and healthcare facilities around the nation have discovered that high performance or sustainable construction practices help to lower energy costs for the life of the facility. Going green in healthcare also helps lower infection rates and support clinical efficiency for treating patients. Implementing emerging and readily available technologies into the construction process, such as motion sensors for lights, doorways and faucets goes a long way in helping to prevent the transmission of infection as well as lowering the cost energy the healthcare industry spends, which, according to GreenProgress.com, is an estimated $5.3 billion annually.
As projects are executed, the team leading the healthcare construction management must also be aware of other emerging trends. The use of evidence-based design makes sure facilities under their management support clinical efficiency and protect patients. Healthcare facility renovation or additions must also minimize disturbance to other areas of the facility, allowing for unrestricted movement and collaboration not just between hospital staff, but between the hospital construction company and its workers and the hospital staff.
One of the major concerns with any healthcare construction project is air quality and its effects on patients or hospital staff. McCarthy led the commercial construction industry more than ten years ago in developing and employing clean air standards for indoor air quality during construction. McCarthy is also the first construction company in the U.S. to develop and implement a fully integrated quality program, Quality Without Question. This program works to improve areas of construction such as building enclosure coordination and water infiltration prevention. We've also calculated our overall carbon footprint and are focused on reducing it.
As new trends and ideas emerge in healthcare, hospital construction companies need to stay up-to-date on new technologies, new methods and new ideas. McCarthy's focus has always been on high performance. The McCarthy Green Team, a formalized group of engineers and other LEED Accredited Professionals, communicates and investigates regularly all things green. To discover why green construction for your next healthcare project can benefit the future of the building and the future of generations to come, contact McCarthy today.