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ARS designs dedicated residential center for fire fighters

September 13, 2016  |  Julie Miller, Editor in Chief

Advanced Recovery Systems partnered with the International Association of Fire Fighters to strategize everything from the center's programming to the interior design to ensure sensitivity to the needs of fire fighters.

Why you should consider geography in your architecture and design

August 4, 2016  |  Jill Sederstrom

Geography is often a key factor in shaping the design of a behavioral healthcare facility and can influence design choices such as color, materials, lighting or structural elements of a building.

Pediatric inpatient units, outpatient clinics require a special touch

June 21, 2016  |  Kevin Turner

Designers must create therapeutic environments carefully tuned to the needs of children and adolescents.

Consider cognitive impairment and the psychiatric environment

May 17, 2016  |  Kevin Turner

Cognitive impairment can become a trigger for the patient’s symptoms, and of course, one of the goals of a psychiatric care setting is to avoid triggering those symptoms so the patient can begin to experience wellness.

Psychiatric hospital design caters to patient populations

April 21, 2016  |  Julia Brown

North Tampa Behavioral Health, a 53,000 square foot, 75 bed acute psychiatric hospital located in Wesley Chapel, Fla., opened in October 2013 under Acadia Healthcare. 

Seek out more evidence in evidence based design

April 21, 2016  |  Kevin Turner

We should design spaces based on solid, proven scientific principles so that we know the space will work for the patients it serves.

Good design is a safety feature

April 12, 2016  |  Kevin Turner

We do not have to sacrifice a therapeutic environment in the name of safety because a well-designed therapeutic environment is a safety feature.

Autism center rebuilds following Joplin tornado

February 23, 2016  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

 A couple donated $3 million to replace the former center. In November, the 19,100 square-foot, completely customized Bill and Virginia Leffen Center for Autism reopened.

Don’t overlook ceiling tile choices

November 13, 2015  |  Kevin Turner

 If your facility design includes acoustical ceiling tile, aim for a ceiling height at least as high as a basketball hoop. 

Big-picture design trends reflect changing industry needs

November 5, 2015  |  Julia Brown, Associate Editor

Comprehensive, connected care calls for flexible open designs in your facility.

Apply coffeehouse rules to group spaces

October 30, 2015  |  Kevin Turner

For those who aren't especially comfortable being in a crowd, consider arranging furniture in way that gives them some choices.


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