The American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the Facility Guidelines Institute announce the opening of the comment period on the proposed 2006 edition of the AIA-published Guidelines for Design and Construction of Hospital and Health Care Facilities. The Health Guidelines Revision Committee, a consensus group of architects, engineers and healthcare professionals, has spent the last two years considering proposals to change the guidelines and to clarify and add information to the document.
According to Joseph G. Sprague, FAIA, chairman of the committee, one of the most significant proposed changes would make single-bed private rooms a minimum standard for new hospital construction. Architects, engineers and healthcare professionals are encouraged to review the draft document and submit their comments to the AIA. The public comment period begins Nov. 1, 2004, and concludes Jan. 31, 2005. The draft document, which is marked to indicate text that has been added, deleted or changed from the 2001 edition of the guidelines, is available in PDF form through the AIA Web site.
For more information or to view the draft document, visit http://www.aia.org/aah