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Health Facilities Design & Testing

Center of Economic Excellence



Award Amount

$2 million

Extramural Research Funding

$4.1 million

Research Focus

The impact of the built environment on health and healthcare delivery and the creation of architectural settings that promote health, safety, and the well-being of all users.

University Partner

Clemson University
Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC)

Private Sector Partner

Health Sciences South Carolina

The Health Facilities Design and Testing Center is using interdisciplinary design to improve health care environments through better architecture and building design. Research at this Center focuses on two main areas: how the design of health care facilities affects the delivery of health care and how to create architectural settings that better serve the health and well-being of patients and staff.

Researchers at this Center study the relationship between the physical healthcare environment and clinical outcomes; patient, family and staff satisfaction; operational efficiency; and the ability to accommodate change.

The Center has been awarded a U.S. Department of Defense subcontract entitled “Patient Room of the Future.” The first two contract phases provided more than $790,000 in funding. Project partners include Spartanburg Regional Hospital System, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and IoA Healthcare Furniture. The physical prototype room was completed in 2008, and analysis has begun on the impact of nature views on health, headwall design performance and lighting design concepts. The project was highlighted at the 2009 International Conference on the Design, Planning and Construction of Healthcare Facilities. The Center’s two principal investigators are recipients of “Twenty Who Are Making a Difference” by Healthcare Design magazine.

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