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CDH Partners has recently entered into a Master Research Agreement with the SimTigrate Design Lab at the Georgia Institute of Technology. The partnership allows CDH to expand its services to include design research and publications.
Joshua Crews a member of the architectural studio at CDH Partners explains, “The SimTigrate Design Lab will provide us with the opportunity to explore post occupancy evaluations, literature reviews, simulation modeling, space syntax analysis, and full scale mock-ups of care delivery spaces. While our relationship with the SimTigrate Design Lab further solidifies us as an industry leader in healthcare design, the commitment to research moreover exemplifies our desire to create better spaces that positively impact the lives of others.”
The first study conducted with SimTigrate involves a literature review of Memory Care. While most of the industry is laden with anecdotal evidence, we have begun to break down the stories and experiences into facts and figures regarding the built environment that are proven to impact the care delivered to dementia and Alzheimer patients. As memory care becomes increasingly prevalent, it will be crucial to provide an environment that promotes and enables the best care to be delivered to a delicate population.
Erin West, who is also from the CDH architectural studio provides insight concerning the continuing relationship CDH has with Georgia Tech, “Our next endeavor with SimTigrate includes a Post Occupancy Evaluation (POE) of the WellStar Kennestone Hospital Blue Tower expansion.”
Crews adds, “That expansion was designed and constructed with Evidence-based Design at its core, while the previous tower was built with the premise of best practices and anecdotal evidence. Although the towers have identical structure and footprints, our goal is to complete a spatial comparison of the medical/surgery units, space syntax analysis, and staff survey that will yield results correlating outcomes and satisfaction to the built environment.”
Concerning the outcome: everyone involved in these studies believe they will help us to better understand the impacts of the built environment and will inform future designs. “As a whole,” says West, “our firm, our clients, and the industry will all benefit from improved analysis of design and outcomes. We are eager to work with data driven clients on future collaborations with the SimTigrate Design Lab.”
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