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Thursday, September 19, 2019  |  9:45 AM - 10:45 AM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Informing Best Practice for NICU Design

Jennifer Christmann FACHE
Former Director of Facilities Planning & Development, University of Kentucky Healthcare
Thomas M. Gormley, AIA, NCARB, LEED AP
Principal, GBBN Architects, Inc.
Rebecca Kleinbaum Sanders AIA
Project Principal, HGA
Mark Reckin
Senior Medical Planner, HGA

Neonatal Intensive Care Units (NICU) contain some of the most vulnerable patient populations. Many NICU babies have little ability to regulate their bodily systems, heightening the importance of their immediate environment in their development. Support for this fragile patient population is not limited to their physical and cognitive needs, but also extends to their families and caregivers. This presentation will focus on the design process of moving from a 48 open-bay to a 70 private-room NICU. Typical design stages were enhanced with the voice of the customer, evidence-based design, extreme schemes, and finally a pre/post research study. This presentation discusses findings related to the design. Careful attention was paid to lighting, acoustics and design elements that support neonatal needs, family needs, and staff work environment. Presenters include the facilities director and three design team members, who will share their lessons learned from this collaborative design project.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how design can address the special needs of NICU babies, their family members and NICU staff.
  2. Understand how to enhance the design process with research.
  3. Discuss the challenges of moving from a 48 open-bay to 70 private-room NICU design.
  4. State lessons learned of a large reconstruction project, including results of the post-occupancy evaluation.
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH