Julie Frazier

Bracing for Impact: Resilient Hospital Design

During a crisis, hospitals are a place of refuge. When confronted with an extreme event, whether anticipated or unexpected, hospital administrators are challenged to maintain seamless operation of facilities and staff while serving as a “command center” for the community. An increased frequency of extreme events, coupled with rising public awareness, has created a new demand for resilient strategies in the healthcare environment. Before considering resilient design strategies, we must first consider the two types of potential impact: acute shocks and chronic stressors. Acute shocks are quick impacts from extreme social, environmental, and economic events spanning everything from civil unrest… Full Story