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2022 PDC Summit

Data-Driven Metrics for Right‐Sizing Your Hospital

Mar 22, 2022 3:30pm ‐ Mar 22, 2022 4:30pm

Credits: None available.


With costs going up and funding buckets getting smaller, health care designers and construction managers are challenged to find new ways to reduce construction costs while positively impacting life cycle costs. And patient floors account for the largest amount of hospital program space. In this session you will hear firsthand from the researchers who conducted and analyzed a National Bed Tower Study that was published in the journal Health Environments Research & Design. Together with the executive director of facility services from the University of Rochester, the group asks: Is there an opportunity to reassess how to approach patient-floor design and construction based on a deeper understanding of trends and metrics? With data collected from 171 current hospital projects including patient-floor GSF; patient-room size; inboard versus outboard bathroom location; same-hand versus mirrored rooms; centralized versus decentralized nursing; and column spacing; this session is an indepth analysis of what the metrics tell us. The panel will provide owners and health care facility designers with knowledge and insight to benchmark their design to national averages, see what others are doing, and potentially offer ideas to right-size their space, thus reducing costs.

Learning Objectives:
  • Assess the reference data from a decade of design and the built environment to make informed decisions for future builds or analyze current facility layout.
  • Utilize the extensive range of data to validate and/or influence current projects and future master plans.
  • Determine the changes in health care design relative to past experience and what might be possible in the future.
  • List and describe the results of narrowing the data field down to the most.
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  • Justin Fallon Dollard, Exec. Dir. Planning & Proj. Mgmt., University Facilities & Srvc., University of Rochester
  • Randy Keiser, National Healthcare Director, Turner Construction Company
  • David Kelly, Ph.D., P.E., Vice President & General Manager, Turner Construction Company
  • Mike Pingle, Regional Preconstruction Manager, Healthcare, Turner Construction Company


  • 1.00 - CEC

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