Would a pause result in a better design or building? What would that look like and how would it be included in projects? The pandemic provided a unique opportunity to examine the impact of design on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of patients and staff. For Yale New Haven Health (YNHH) and Shepley Bulfinch, COVID-19 presented an opportunity for a “brain break” in the design of over one billion dollars in projects at YNHH’s Saint Raphael Campus (SRC). This unexpected and extended case study had a heightened focus on building resiliency and flexibility, illustrating how a pause during design is an essential tool in designing more resilient spaces that are better equipped to face the unknown.
Explain the benefits of a “brain break” for clients and the project team, its impact on resilient design, and how to approach a brain break and navigate related conversations with clients.
Ask designers effective questions regarding how a space and buildings systems adapt to changes in patient populations and patient care requirements.
Identify lessons learned from an extended and unprecedented case study, which can be implemented on future projects to create more resilient health care buildings.
Heighten focus on building resiliency and flexibility and its impact on the physical, emotional and mental well-being of users.