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How do Specialists in Hospital Construction Help in Building an Aesthetically Pleasing Hospital

By Frank Subscribe to RSS | March 17th 2012 | Views:

A hospital is a complex unit that is comprised of several diverse functional units including imaging centers, operation theatres, and other practical units such as reception, canteen, housekeeping etc. No wonder there are hundreds of regulations that guide in hospital construction and design. In fact, the U.S Department of Health and Human Services has established guidelines to cover almost every aspect of a functional hospital, including guidelines on investigation rooms such as gastrointestinal endoscopy rooms, endoscopic instrument processing rooms etc. Every task including mechanical, technical and electrical tasks requires specialized knowledge and expertise. A hospital is the only place that people can turn to in an emergency, hence it is of utmost importance that they are built to withstand and remain functional in the face of major disasters like earthquakes and floods. A job of such dimension needs expertise in the field. An experienced construction company is sure to be in the know-how of the different regulations and procedures required.

Hospital construction regulations are so detailed that only a contractor who specializes in hospital construction can understand and implement them. For instance, a patient room in a psychiatry ward shall have a minimum area of 100 square feet in one-bed rooms and 80 square feet per bed in multi-bed rooms. The window sill height shall not be higher than 3’0 above the floor and shall be above grade. The dining room for patients in such wards should have a minimum space of 15 square feet per person seated. It is impossible to expect a general contractor to know about such detailed standards.

Hospital contractors employ specialized professionals in each and every aspect. For instance, it isn’t uncommon to find an electrician or a plumber who undertakes only hospital construction jobs. With such a high degree of specialization, it is obvious that these professionals are updated on the latest regulations that govern the industry.

While it is important to consider the several regulatory aspects, it is also important to ensure that the hospital is aesthetically pleasing. A hospital environment should be stress free and comforting enough to speed up the recovery process. Simple changes such as planning easy to get around floors or using cheerful colors in a room can boost the competence level of the patient. While an interior designer plays a major role in ensuring this, a hospital contractor’s contribution to the job is nevertheless important.

Contractors ensure that the entire process is within budget and is carried out seamlessly.

Frank - About Author:
The author of this article has been writing about general construction related topics including home improvement and remodeling, and helps people find an appropriate construction company for their general and specialized needs.

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