We believe integrating the design-build-outfitting processes is the future of health care design, as it allows these services to be provided more efficiently and effectively than traditional design/build segmented disciplines. Involving key multidisciplinary participants through all phases of construction, from bid through closeout, positions all parties to proactively address potential changes, scope issues or risks.
This collaboration and enhanced communication minimizes uncertainties in design interpretation, provides a better defined, more proactive set of project objectives and eases problem resolution. It also establishes a more accurate budget and schedule.
Everyone is working towards the same goal with the same agenda, so risk is reduced. Costly man hours are not wasted in reconciling project segments or providing rework in the field.
In addition to enhanced quality, the efficiencies recognized through integration of operations also means quicker project delivery and cost savings to the Owner.
United Excel Design possesses significant experience on health care design/build projects. Our portfolio of experience includes hospitals, ambulatory care facilities, troop medical clinics, research facilities, laboratories, medical office buildings and senior living facilities and more. Many of these projects occurred in fully operational facilities, requiring meticulous transition support to minimize operational disruption.
We employ a full staff of architects and interior designers who continually stay apprised of cutting-edge health care industry and technical developments. With high-caliber expertise that provides significant benefit to clients, our team includes licensed and NCARB-certified architects and NCIDQ certified interior designers , many of whom are LEED certified. Additionally, our employees constantly stay up to date on health care criteria and specifications through routine training and continuing professional education.
Our employees also are actively involved in a number of professional trade associations, including the American Society for Healthcare Engineering, the Society of American Military Engineers, the American Institute of Architects, the U.S. Green Building Council and the International Interior Design Association.
Having this wealth of experience provides us with practical knowledge of best practices on which we can draw and a deep understanding of the unique needs specific to medical facilities.
Accordingly, our designs are focused on enhancing the patient care experience and providing a comfortable staff working environment. Key aspects of our approach include efficient department layouts that allow for logical traffic patterns and enhanced wayfinding, incorporation of sustainable design practices and aesthetic appeal. Our designs also incorporate evidence-based design principles, in order to allow for more efficient operations, easier maintenance, more durable materials, sound dampening and infection control.
With a proven track record of providing quality projects on time and within budget, we can meet virtually any health care design need.
As part of our commitment to providing state-of-the-art design solutions, we strive to incorporate sustainable design principles whenever possible. We believe this provides significant value to our clients as it can translate into lower long-term operational costs, reduced water usage, reduced energy cost and overall improved building performance. To stay ahead of sustainable design technology, we encourage our employees to attain Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) accreditation and pursue active involvement in the U.S. Green Building Council.
UED works with clients throughout the design process to help their projects attain LEED Certification (a tiered rating system that encourages “green” building technologies and practices in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of buildings). To achieve this, our designers work to identify and meet performance benchmarks in several key areas, including sustainable sites, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, innovation in design and regional priority. Many of our government projects have been designed to be capable of achieving LEED Silver Certification, even if certification is not pursued.