Canadian Healthcare Facilities, the Journal of the Canadian Healthcare Engineering Society, turned to Mike Cavanaugh and Brett Farbstein for a cover story on leading strategies and best practices for designing resilient hospitals in their newest issue.
The piece, Forecast For Disasters, recognizes that “Today, hospitals face many resiliency challenges. And, design responses most commonly focus on sea level rise, inland flooding, wildfires, extreme temperatures, drought and extended power loss. With evidence climate change will continue to contribute to rising sea levels, hospitals must be prepared for new event realities 25, 50, and 75 years in the future.” It highlights our firm’s work with Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami Beach, Nantucket Cottage Hospital and other leading health institutions.
The full piece can be read online and in print. Here’s a key excerpt:
Age of Resilience
While major storms elevate resilient design solutions to mainstream attention, resiliency is about more than being prepared for severe weather. It’s the capacity to adapt to changing conditions and to maintain functionality during, and bounce back after, a disturbance or interruption, says the Resilient Design Institute. This means buildings can’t just be responsive to current environmental conditions but also must consider future climates. The prime development land of today may actually be on track to become a flood plain over the next half-century.
Research indicates that major climate change and weather-related events are coming stronger and more frequently than ever before in human history. So, it’s never been more critical to proactively design for future resiliency. Taking action today can ensure Canadian hospitals are able to deliver health and safety for patients, staff and communities even in the worst of times.