Alternative Work Styles

Unassigned Seating and No Offices at GSK’s Corporate Office

“SMART Working" is a Strategic Business Tool, Not a Commodity

Published 9-3-2014

With no private offices or assigned seats, not even for top executives, employees at GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) corporate office at the Philadelphia Navy Yard work in a variety of work settings. Work spaces include the atrium, the cafeteria, sit-to-stand workstations, quiet rooms, meeting rooms, and even the rooftop.

Streamlining the Research Approval Process

Toronto’s University Health Network Implements an Online System for Clinical Research Review

Published 7-9-2014

The Coordinated Approval Process for Clinical Research (CAPCR) is a web-based application that streamlines the approval process required to conduct research using human subjects. Designed to help researchers and hospital staff navigate the process of coordinating and tracking clinical research within a hospital system, CAPCR gives an institution time to plan for the infrastructure a line of research will necessitate, and to mitigate any associated safety hazards. CAPCR automates the approval process, avoids duplication, and creates an online repository for study-related information, allowing faster approval times and greater access to information. It also eliminates the need for paper application forms, helps researchers ensure they have the necessary approvals for their studies, and provides an efficient way to obtain authorizations from multiple departments and track approvals online. The system is being marketed as a tool for use in other hospitals.

Expanding Computer-Aided Facilities Management with Mobile Apps

Logical, Productivity-Boosting Enhancements for Technicians, Supervisors, and Space Users

Published 7-2-2014

Mobile technologies are rapidly changing the way corporate, healthcare, educational, and other large facilities are maintained and managed, according to Dan Lorenz, vice president of AMS CAD + CAFM Solutions, and Brian Haines, director of marketing at FM:Systems. Rather than waiting for mobile technology to catch up to the needs of technicians in the field, companies are taking a more proactive view: creating wish lists of typical activities that their near-ubiquitous mobile phones and tablets can expedite, and commissioning mobile solutions to fit those needs.

What's New in Academic Medical Health Science Centers?

Simulation Technology, Allied Health, and Alternative Work Spaces

Published 2-19-2014

The following is a condensed transcript of a panel discussion that took place at Tradeline’s Academic Medical and Health Science Centers 2013 Conference. The panelists are Ian McDermott, senior director of MedRIST, University Health Network, and Scott Kelsey, managing principal at CO Architects. The moderator is Derek Westfall, president of Tradeline.

Lean Models for Information Exchange Deliver a More Effective “Big Room”

True IPD Emerges When the Noise of Information Overload is Quieted

Published 2-5-2014

Utilizing the “big room”—collocating all project team members onsite in a single environment—to achieve true integrated project delivery (IPD) can be the best way to drive efficiency, reduce waste, and improve project outcomes through a shared pain/shared gain contract structure for all stakeholders. But it also can create a lot of noise in the form of information overload. Only by managing information as a Lean commodity can the IPD team realize the full potential of the process.

Building Blocks: Offsite Prefabrication Saves Time and Money

Compressed Work Schedules, Worker Safety, and Access to Constrained Sites Top Benefits

Published 11-20-2013

Offsite prefabrication of building modules can potentially transform the construction process in the United States, according to two engineers who have implemented the technique on multiple project sites. The experience of Ed Szwarc and Dean Poillucci of Skanska USA Building, Inc., indicates that assembly of such units at offsite construction facilities (OSCFs) radically compresses schedules and improves safety while also providing cost savings.

Selecting the Most Appropriate and Lean Design Strategies

Success Depends on Implementing the Best Options at the Right Time

Published 11-6-2013

Blindly trying to incorporate all the cutting-edge technologies and processes in the delivery of a new facility can lead to more waste than value. It’s important that building owners understand which Lean design principles, innovative technologies, and sustainability strategies meet their needs and add value to their specific project in a way that maximizes lifecycle performance, says Andreas Phelps, integrated projects executive at Balfour Beatty Construction.

Developing a Global, Flexible Workplace Strategy

Johnson & Johnson’s FLEXplace™ Building Tomorrow’s Workplace Today

Published 6-19-2013

Johnson & Johnson’s FLEXplace™ initiative—successfully deployed in 10 locations, with 20 more currently planned—has helped the company increase space utilization by 16 percent and accommodate 67 percent more people in the same square footage. The program is part of a global workspace initiative to enhance the employee experience and increase overall productivity, which at the same time increases asset utilization. FLEXplace is making workplaces more dynamic, with activity-based neighborhoods and strategically located mobility centers.