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2022 PDC Summit

Brain Break: The Benefits of a Project Pause

Mar 21, 2022 9:45am ‐ Mar 21, 2022 10:45am

Credits: None available.


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.

Learning Objectives:
  • 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.
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