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About Our Work

With a commitment to excellence and innovation, the Center for Health Facilities Design and Testing at Clemson University is working to develop advanced design solutions that improve health, safety, and healthcare outcomes. The Center's work is multidisciplinary and projects often include architects, researchers, human factors engineers and clinicians on the team. We focus on high-risk, high-impact clinical areas such as the operating room, the patient room and the intensive care unit. The projects typically follow an iterative cycle of problem analysis, design and development, implementation and testing. The goal is to develop human-centered built environment solutions using a systems framework that includes the built environment, the people in healthcare, an understanding of processes and tasks involved and interactions with technology. The Center uses physical and virtual simulations and mock-ups as a way to develop and test design ideas as well as to build the body of research in the field of evidence-based healthcare design.