Building Type Basics for Healthcare Facilities, Second Edition
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Essential information for the design of healthcare facilities

Building Type Basics for Healthcare Facilities, Second Edition is your one-stop reference for the essential information you need to confidently begin the design process and successfully complete a healthcare project, large or small, on time and within budget. Leading architects from across the United States share their firsthand knowledge in order to guide you through all aspects of healthcare facility design, with an emphasis on what you need to do to get started quickly.

This edition is revised with multiple new healthcare project examples completed this century, more information on engineering requirements, and background on evolving sustainability and technology issues. It begins with an assessment of the healthcare industry's current and future needs, focusing on how those needs affect architecture. Next you get critical information and guidelines that enable you to create successful designs for inpatient, outpatient, and long-term care facilities. Coverage includes clinics, emergency departments, ambulatory care units, specialty centers, as well as facilities designed for adaptive reuse or the assimilation of future technologies.

This quick reference:

  • Addresses twenty key questions that arise when launching a healthcare facility design project
  • Offers insight from leaders in the industry based on their own design experience
  • Provides hundreds of project photographs, diagrams, floor plans, sections, and details

Not only does this book offer current, authoritative information, its comprehensive coverage and logical organization also save you countless hours of research.

Building Type Basics books provide architects with the essentials needed to jump-start specialized facilities design. Each volume features leading experts in the field who address the issues that shape the early phases of a project in a convenient, easy-to-use format.


Richard L. Kobus, FAIA, is principal of Tsoi/Kobus & Associates, a Cambridge, Massachusetts firm specializing in healthcare, higher education, and research and development.

Ronald L. Skaggs, FAIA, is chairman of HKS, Inc., in Dallas and has served as nationalpresident of the American Institute of Architects. HKS is consistently ranked as one of the top healthcare architect firms in the United States.

Michael Bobrow and Julia Thomas are principals of Bobrow/Thomas and Associates, Los Angeles. Their work focuses on prototypical and socially significant projects, with an emphasis in the areas of healthcare and higher education.

Thomas M. Payette, FAIA, is a principal and chairman of the board for Payette Associates Inc., Boston. He has extensive experience creating healthcare, academic, and corporate environments.

SHO-PING CHIN, AIA, is a principal of Payette Associates Inc., Boston.

Stephen A. Kliment, FAIA, the series founder and editor, is an architectural journalist and an adjunct professor at the City College of New York. He was editor in chief of Architectural Record from 1990 to 1996.


Preface Stephen A. Kliment vii

Acknowledgments xi

1 Perspective 1
Richard L. Kobus, Tsoi/Kobus & Associates

2 Ancillary Departments 17
Ronald. L. Skaggs, HKS Inc.

3 Inpatient Care Facilities 175
Michael Bobrow and Julia Thomas, Bobrow/Thomas & Associates

4 Ambulatory Care Facilities 241
Thomas M. Payette and Sho-Ping Chin, Payette Associates Inc.

Bibliography 303

Index 305