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Chassis concept for center of excellence facility design

Facilities planning for a hospital center of excellence should allow for maximum flexibility so that future changes in patient volume can be accommodated.  The author advocates a building chassis configuration which places a diagnostic and treatment core along a horizontal axis flanked by inpatient bed tower(s) on one side and an outpatient corridor and medical office buildings on the opposite side.  This functional planning concept works best in a new facility on a greenfield site, but can be incorporated, at least partially, into renovation projects.

Source: Williams, S.W.  Change is the only constant: chassis system key for flexible center of excellence design.  Medical Construction & Design;7(3):32-34, May-June 2011.  Posted by the AHA Resource Center, (312) 422-2050, rc@aha.org

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