Facilities management of complex health buildings: V-design approach for operating theaters

W. Zeiler, F. Saurwalt

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Buildings need to perform more efficiently. The need to increase competitiveness, leads to the necessity to be able to do things within buildings faster, cheaper and better. The building has to optimally facilitate the core process of clients. At present it is difficult to define the performance of buildings, in our case Operating Theatres, in an objective way to efficiency and as a facilitator for the 'production' process. Needed is a new design approach, which enables to simplify the complexity of the design process structure to focus more effectiveness of the resulting production process. A derived supportive framework, based on the Validate-model, structures the design process and also forms the basis for validating the process performance. The focus of the new approach is on interpretation of the client's intentions, formulated in the design brief as starting point, within the design process. The formulation of production related demands and wishes should be supported, in such a way that decisions about fulfilling 'production' aspects, related to the operating theatres, are made transparent for all stakeholders within the design process.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationPaper presented at the CIB W070, W092 & TG72 International conference on Facilities Management, Procurement Systems and Public Private Partnership, 23-25 January 2012, Cape Town
EditorsK. Michell, P. Bowen, K. Cattell
Place of PublicationCape Town
Publication statusPublished - 2012


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