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IN FO C U S
S T R A T E G I C A P P R O A C H E S to D E S I G N C H A L L E N G E S

practice that compares
a metric back to a standard in a particular industry. In healthcare design, this process allows designers and architects to compare
existing or proposed building performance
data against best practices. The purpose is to
understand differences in multiple designs,
between facilities or competitors. Ultimately,
benchmarking provides a quantitative tool
to align decisions and selections with established project objectives.
Common planning benchmarks used in
healthcare design involve square feet per key
planning unit (KPU), such as a patient bed,
imaging modality, or operating room. These
benchmarks are based on codes, research, and
precedent, and factor in a certain amount of
space necessary to support one KPU in a hospital. However, these metrics should also consider functionality and operations. For example,
a hospital that elects to have a patient/familycentered care designation requires a larger
patient room and more family sleeping space,
which drives up the typical benchmark ratios
for square feet per patient room.
Benchmarks can be an incredibly helpful
design tool, whether sizing an entire campus
or informing a departmental study. However,
when benchmarking is performed in a vacuum
without a standardized process, the results can
be misleading. Both the American Institute of
Architects and Building Owners and Managers Association offer guidance on standardizing processes for calculating areas. The simple
mechanics of determining the amount of space
per KPU is very important; in order to compare
designs, the process of performing the area
calculations should be handled the same. Are
all comparisons using the inside face of demising walls or do some go to the mid-point of the
walls? Are shafts, stairs, and elevators included
or excluded?
For example, take the traditional rule of
thumb of 2,500 square feet per bed for overall
sizing of a hospital. In a nutshell, this benchmark implies that all the support spaces necessary to deliver inpatient care,
including food, logistics, and diagnostic and treatment areas, have
been tallied and divided by the to-

BENCHMARKING IS A

PROCESS IMPROVEMENT

DAVID SENIOR

8 C O N S I D E R AT I O N S F O R
BENCHMARKING

A keen understanding of the information behind a benchmark is key
to making sure you're using the right data to guide your next project
By Katie Fricke

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Healthcare Design - June/July 2017

Healthcare Design - June/July 2017
Contents
Editorial
Show Talk
Photo Tour
Pack Your Bags
First Look
Love Story
Starting Point
Process Improvement
Product Spotlight
The Center
Face Time
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