A. Different guidelines that are changing all the time and keeping up with them. Knowing new codes and finish requirements based on certain types of spaces. We must keep up with how end users are utilizing certain areas, so we are very considerate of the finishes going into those spaces, to support their needs and future maintenance. We must focus on making them feel less institutional at the same time to create a more soothing environment for patients and visitors. The fact that we can make a real impact on how people feel in these spaces is truly rewarding.
Q. What new material trends do you see in the healthcare segment?
Thanks to technology, design visuals are being offered in more materials, like luxury vinyl tile. Flooring manufacturers are doing a better job of offering coordinating visuals from one material to another as well. This provides designers with design and budget flexibility.
If an area needs sheet vinyl, and another does not need that type of durability, or cleanability we can improve the bottom line. More manufacturers are creating PVC free flooring too, so I believe this tells us they are working on more sustainable solutions to help with LEED, or be on the RED list.
Q. What impact is COVID 19 having on your projects? What about how you engage clients?
A. We have been doing virtual client presentations due to restrictions. Thanks to video conferencing, it has been working well. Video platforms enable us to still discuss the items we need to and make it more of a visual presentation. We are working with our clients in thinking more about the design of their waiting room spaces. We are looking at how we can distance seating and incorporate screening solutions while still providing an inviting environment for patients to be in. Finish materials and their cleaning solutions must be considered as well.