Texas A&M University, with support from Herman Miller, the Academy of Architecture for Health Foundation, and Alberta Infrastructure, conducted a research study of recently constructed North American hospitals to measure net gross ratios, building gross ratios, and the allocation breakdown within building gross components. This session presents the methodology and procedures used to measure the projects, and the important lessons learned in calculation methods. A survey and analysis of the past and present rule of thumb ratios used by the profession will be discussed in relation to the results of the study. The status of the research study, current results, and interesting conclusions that could impact assumptions in contemporary hospital space programming will be shared.
Describe how precision and consistency of area calculation methods can improve benchmarking internally and externally.
Explain how area allocations in recent hospital designs compare to past and present 'rules of thumb'.
List components that make up the elements calculated as part of the building gross ratio.
Discuss the value of consistently applying the methods from this study in your own practice.
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