The impact of building features which promote wellness is of increasing interest to the building owners, designers, and occupants. This study performed a post-occupancy evaluation of two user groups at a medical facility with specific wellness features. 76 staff and 62 patients of a cancer center were polled separately to determine their preferences in 11 categories. Results showed that all wellness features were viewed favorably by the two groups, with natural lighting, views of nature, and thermal comfort as top categories for both. T-test comparisons were performed, and significant differences (p < 0.05) between the two groups were found for three of the features (views of nature, art and murals, and indoor plants). Discussion of these differences and the interaction of competing design goals (thermal comfort, views of nature, natural light and desire for privacy) are included. Size limitations of the study and areas for further study are discussed.
|Advisor:||Crovella, Paul L.|
|Commitee:||Anagnost, Susan E., Rosenbaum, Paula F., Smith, William B., Stack, Kevin P.|
|School:||State University of New York College of Environmental Science and Forestry|
|Department:||Forest Resources Management|
|School Location:||United States -- New York|
|Source:||MAI 56/02M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Subjects:||Design, Public health, Aesthetics, Architecture|
|Keywords:||Art in heathcare, Biophilia, Evidence based design, Healthcare, Post occupancy evaluation, Wellness|
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