NEW YORK, July 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Award-winning global architecture and design firm Perkins+Will congratulates co-authors Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED AP, Principal, Global Sustainable Healthcare Design Leader, Perkins+Will and Gail Vittori, LEED Fellow, on the publication of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, Second Edition. Incorporating the latest sustainable design approaches and information for hospitals and other healthcare facilities, Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, Second Edition includes 80 percent new content and is packed with informative and thought-provoking special features.
"We've learned so much about what truly sustainable healthcare means since we released the first edition of Sustainable Healthcare Architecture in 2007," said Guenther. "We're constantly pushing the boundaries of what we mean when we talk about sustainability. The second edition really reflects the increased focus on issues such as materials transparency and resilient design, to name just a couple."
Special features of this edition include:
- 55 new project case studies, including comparisons of key sustainability indicators for general and specialty hospitals, sub-acute and ambulatory care facilities, and mixed-use buildings
- New and updated guest contributor essays spanning a range of health-focused sustainable design topics
- Evolving research on the value proposition for sustainable healthcare buildings
- Profiles of five leading healthcare systems and their unique sustainability journeys, including the UK National Health Service, Kaiser Permanente, Partners HealthCare, Providence Health & Services, and Gundersen Health System
- Focus on the intersection of healthcare, resilience, and a health promotion imperative in the face of extreme weather events
- Comparison of healthcare facility-focused green building rating systems from around the world
Sustainable Healthcare Architecture, Second Edition is essential reading and an invaluable resource for architects, interior designers, engineers, healthcare professionals, administrators or anyone interested in creating sustainable places of healing and wellness.
As Global Sustainability Healthcare Design Leader for the firm, Guenther also serves on the Sustainability leadership team and is a key voice in the global conservation about sustainability, design and healthcare. Fast Company recognized Guenther's influence by naming her one of their 100 Most Creative People in Business in 2012. She is active in the continuing development of Perkins+Will's well-regarded Precautionary List, detailing substances known to cause harm to humans or the environment. This list can be found at: Transparency.Perkinswill.com. She speaks nationally and internationally on the topic of sustainable design and health.
Established in 1935, Perkins+Will is a global interdisciplinary architecture and design firm founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society. With a staff of 1,500 in 22 locations worldwide, the firm serves clients across a broad range of project types and grounds its work in deep research. Perkins+Will ranks among the world's top design firms and is the recipient of hundreds of awards. Social responsibility is fundamental to the firm's outlook, work, and culture, and every year Perkins+Will donates one percent of its design services to non-profit organizations. With pioneering tools to advance sustainable design practices, the largest green building portfolio in North America, nearly 1,000 LEED® Accredited Professionals, and a commitment to the 2030 Challenge, Perkins+Will is recognized as one of the industry's preeminent sustainable design firms. For more information, visit www.perkinswill.com.