Target Value Design: Applications to Newborn Intensive Care Units
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There is a need for greater understanding of the health impact of various design elements in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) as well as cost-benefit information to make informed decisions about the long-term value of design decisions. This is particularly evident when design teams are considering the transition from open-bay NICUs to single-family-room (SFR) units. This paper introduces the guiding principles behind target value design (TVD)—a price-led design methodology that is gaining acceptance in healthcare facility design within the Lean construction methodology. The paper also discusses the role that set-based design plays in TVD and its application to NICUs.
SubjectNICU design, hospital design, healthcare facility design, private patient room, target value design, target costing, Lean construction
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Rybkowski, Zofia K.; Shepley, Mardelle McCuskey; Ballard, H. Glenn (2015). Target Value Design: Applications to Newborn Intensive Care Units. Available electronically from
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