Healthcare

  • North Central Health Center

    North Central Health Center

  • Stephen F. Austin State University DeWitt School of Nursing

    Stephen F. Austin State University DeWitt School of Nursing

  • Lone Star College–Tomball Health Sciences Building

    Lone Star College–Tomball Health Sciences Building

Recent changes to healthcare have created a shift in healthcare facilities. Hospital systems are moving towards a “hub and spoke” model; reaching into communities with clinics, emergency departments (EDs), and medical office buildings (MOBs). Structures has provided structural design services for these smaller facilities and will travel to communities to participate on these projects. When modifying an existing building to be a community clinic or emergency department, Structures combines our extensive background of adaptive reuse with our understanding of healthcare facility needs to provide an economical and functional design.

With continually changing trends and needs for hospitals, it is important for designs to incorporate flexibility for future modifications. Structures works with the owner and design team early in the process to determine design loads and criteria for the structure. During the design, we incorporate flexibility for potential future modifications by choosing members that facilitate alteration.

Healthcare projects are also unique because their mechanical, electrical and plumbing requirements are much greater than other project types. Through proactive coordination and our own knowledge of building systems, Structures designs with consideration for MEP routing pathways. Our approach to incorporating MEP considerations in our design has forged strong relationships with the entire design team. Structures is requested by firms to assist in projects where structural modifications are required for MEP modifications.

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