Building Sciences

Design for the Extreme – Use in the Routine ™

At first blush, one might think “building sciences” refers to the use of materials science, engineering, and architecture to optimize structures for withstanding extreme weather and natural phenomena. Building sciences may also include environmental friendliness, energy consumption, building maintenance, sustainability, and the comfort and health of the occupants. As a collection of sciences, building sciences is not limited to how buildings are affected, but also how buildings impact the world around them (and in them).

Building sciences research and design

Well, what of our hospitals, our clinics, our patients’ homes? How might those very structures impact health, wellness, disease, and recovery? Might we consider the impact of the facility design on patient flow, the spread of infection, the healthcare supply chain, the response to emergencies, and even the mood of the occupants?

Thinking Differently about Building Sciences and Facility Design

Building Sciences Resources and Centers

Building Sciences at MedStar:

MI2’s Center for Building Sciences