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rooms to accommodate larger groups of family members, which may
increase the overall benchmark.

USE IT WISELY

Cataloged data. To determine whether 2,500 square feet per
bed is an appropriate best practice for a project, an organization needs to collect and record numerous data points of area
calculations for similar facilities or
departments. Being able to see trends in the data
WHAT MAY FIRST APPEAR
and identify outliers in square feet allocated for
projects requires a database of multiple projects
TO BE A SINGLE, STATIC
that's accessible and consistently generated.
TARGET IS ACTUALLY
Typical data collected and maintained for a full
A FLUID NUMBER THAT
hospital may include overall area per bed, grossing ratios, percentage of space allocated to engiADJUSTS WITHIN A RANGE
neering infrastructure, and total KPUs by service
OF SQUARE FEET.
line. Additional department-specific data, such
as square feet per KPU as well as departmental
grossing ratios, are also helpful in understanding the amount of circulation needed for various departments. For example, the ability to query
multiple academic medical center metrics would illustrate the challenge
in planning around 2,500 square feet per bed for this facility type and help
build a case for additional space allocation in future planning. Then, department-level benchmarking would help identify the specific units that
may be undersized.

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Based on these considerations, a benchmark
like 2,500 square feet per bed can vary significantly from hospital to hospital. An organization's facility should be carefully compared to
hospitals of a similar size and context, and the
details around the composition of the benchmark should be known and documented to
make sure that an apples-to-apples comparison is realistic. What may first appear to be
a single, static target is actually a fluid number that adjusts within a range of square feet
to reflect operational decisions, culture, and
building era. This refined benchmark can
then provide a quantitative comparison that
meaningfully conveys best practice for a specific application, crafting a much better tool for
project decision-making. 
Katie Fricke, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP, is a healthcare
planning principal for HDR (Charlotte, N.C.). She
can be reached at K A T I E . F R I C K E @ H D R I N C . C O M .


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