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New survey shows shifts in hospital construction projects

Post Time:Mar 01,2011Classify:Industry NewsView:157

America’s hospitals and health systems are focusing more on renovation or expansion than new construction, according to a new survey conducted by Health Facilities Management magazine, Chicago,and the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, Chicago. Renovation or expansion accounted for 73 percent of construction projects at hospitals responding to the survey.The findings show that hospitals are focusing on being environmental stewards through greater use of “green” construction.

Overall, slightly more than one in four respondents (26.1 percent) reported that their organizations have building projects currently under construction. About 15 percent of this total involved new construction, 11.6 percent involved replacement facilities and the remainder covered expansion and renovation. In this latter category, many of the additions or modernization projects were for emergency departments, imaging, surgery areas or cancer centers.

More than two out of three respondents said they are specifying so-called “green” materials in most or all of their construction projects. About 60 percent of respondents also said their organization evaluates the cost/benefit of green construction methods for building projects.

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