The Affordable care Act is driving many of the changes in the healthcare delivery system which are informing the design trends in hospital, clinics and other medical facilities. These design trends include:
- A focus on designing facilities that can be adapted to other uses over time
- Emergency usage driving emergency department renovation and expansion
- Aging population supporting wellness and medical facilities within the community or nearby
While the facilities are changing, Eberly & Associates approach to the unique healthcare requirements for site civil and landscape design remain constant:
- Integrating new facilities into existing infrastructure including sanitary sewers, utilities, etc.
- Locating sufficient parking for visitors and employees that is visually direct and accessible to respective entrances
- Aesthetic landscape and hardscape design that is inviting for wellness activities, meditation, visitation and sensory stimulation
Piedmont Fayette Emergency Room Expansion
Construction of this Phase I, multi-story expansion is underway. The addition, along the hospital’s east side will add emergency examination rooms, trauma rooms on the first floor with patient floors above. The expansion required relocation of the helipad, rerouting emergency vehicle ingress and egress and addition of on-grade parking.
In anticipation of future development, the civil design team use 3-D video modeling to analyze different heliport landing pad locations. The site was chosen that offered the most flexible options for the future. Emergency vehicle access was re-routed to the new entrance with attention to separate patterns for employee and visitor traffic patterns. The new 29-space lot was located to minimize grading, tree relocation within an optimum distance to entry.
WellStar Child Development Center
Wellstar is adding a new 30,000 s.f. Child Development Center for the hospital employees’ children. Creating a warm, nurturing and stimulating environment was paramount. Easy and secure access for employees and caregivers was also a priority. The 3-story building was oriented to allow for dedicated access from the employee parking deck via an elevated bridge with alternative access for non-hospital staff pick-up and drop-off.
Somerby Peachtree City and Sandy Springs
Somerby Senior Communities offer a variety of lifestyle choices for their residents from independent villas to assisted living apartments. The communities are designed to have a large central park with walking paths and gardens. Phase II of Somerby Peachtree City also features a raised-bed community garden. Interior courtyard gardens are located within the building pods for easy access throughout the day.
Somerby Peachtree City and Sandy Springs offer on-site clinics for their residents and the public. These facilities were designed with separate and accessible access to the facility from within the building and from the exterior.
Manor at Indian Creek, Dekalb County
The Manor at Indian Creek is a new 100-unit senior community that is the first phase of a large mixed-use community. The apartment community will feature a fitness center, computer center, outdoor pavilions, shuffle board courts and a walking trail. The mixed-use community is located within the immediate vicinity of community and medical services appropriate for the over 55 residents.
Water Tower Senior Village, Gray
Designed for adults over 55 this new community will have 72 one and two-bedroom apartments. The community will provide a business center, computer workstations and fitness center. The location of this community was chosen for its proximity to a small lake that offers swimming, walking trails and other community events. The immediate surrounding area also offers community and healthcare services.
Abbington Trail Senior Living Community, Powder Springs
Located adjacent to an Xpress Park-and Ride Station, Abbington Trail will provide 60 apartment units for the Elderly 62 and over. Residents will enjoy access to nearby Silver Comet Trail and Lucile Creek Trail. The community also includes interior gathering areas, an exercise/fitness and activity centers.