Medical office buildings have long been known as dull, unimaginative, and uncreative. Employees and patients alike have been surrounded by contemporary design methods and a bland ambiance. Historically, medical office buildings are void of design that is intended to positively impact and comfort the patient. Rather, design has been focuses solely on function, security and privacy. Long hallways drown out sound and personalization and of any contact with another person. Medical office occupants and patients are no different than anyone else desiring a pleasing and comfortable space in which to practice their specialty and be treated.
A new age has begun in both the commercial real estate sector and within the field of design. Medical office buildings are being transitioned from boring, uninspiring structures to elaborate creations, providing a more positive environment for all. Architects and design teams are now instructed to approach medical office buildings with a focus on specialization, individualization and collaboration, rather than conformity and monotone design methods. Providing welcoming waiting areas as well as positive color schemes throughout have been shown to positively affect the psyche of those in the space, both employees and patients alike. There has been an increased emphasis on providing spaces with natural light, and designing areas where patients will interact with other patients and professionals.
While previously many medical office buildings featured directories and multiple practices being sectored off from one another, there is value from a development standpoint in new, collaborative and multi-use patient waiting areas. By limiting the amount of division in the space, more time and money can be funneled into collaborative areas and exciting design schemes. Overall, the medical office buildings are changing for the better, in more ways than one, and will continue to grow and adapt with it’s inhabitants.