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Design series: Healthcare facilities in retail facilities and boutique malls

Healthcare Life Safety Compliance, June 1, 2019

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Take a look around in those suburban and rural areas that used to be home to giant shopping malls and strip malls. In many places they are now abandoned eyesores, especially as the future of shopping becomes mixed developments surrounding living and social spaces, and as online retail increasingly trumps the traditional physical storefront.

But one industry’s trash may be another industry’s treasure. As patient demand rises and available space decreases, healthcare systems are looking for large and viable spaces to expand their facilities, and patients themselves are becoming choosier about where they seek their care.

That said, it isn’t a matter of just picking a site and moving in. Never mind the aesthetic renovations required to make a retail site viable for a healthcare facility; the needed infrastructure work to keep such a place up to code is quite harrowing.

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