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The vision of Stamps Health Services (SHS) is to become a model for college health
centers throughout the country. In an effort to achieve this goal, renovations must be made to the
current facility. By making renovations to the current facility, SHS will be able to improve the
services offered to students, staff, and those in the community that align with the mission of
SHS. Additionally, a renovation allows for better use of space, and holds the potential for future
revenue generation as well.
Regulatory Requirements
While the intention of the renovations is to improve the facility, all changes must be
made conscientiously to ensure all regulatory requirements are met. Regulatory requirements
include obtaining all of the appropriate permits, inspections, and licensures. SHS is located in
Atlanta, Georgia, and therefore must adhere to all regulatory requirements for the state of
Georgia. Any structural changes must be developed into a construction plan and submitted for
approval. Additionally, after the space is constructed there must be finalized inspection letters
issued by a state architect. Beyond actual construction, there must be an inspection conducted by
the fire safety authority or fire marshal who will then issue a report that all safety requirements
have been met (“State Licensure,”).
Ambulatory centers in the state of Georgia are also required to have a certificate of
occupancy, as well as evidence that facilities (such as x-ray and laboratory services) meet state
and federal requirements. Because a major component of the renovation is focused on the
waiting room and administrative area, it is imperative that regulations surrounding these areas
are adhered to. Georgia requires that waiting rooms maintain a capacity for the number of
patients and others that are normally present in the facility at any one time. Additionally, there
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must be space for administrative duties to occur. Likewise, requirements must also be followed
for storing and dispensing medication, especially with the relocation of the pharmacy. The new
pharmacy must provide adequate space and equipment to ensure medication is stored in
compliance with Federal and State laws.
Color Selection Implications and Noise Issues
Regulatory requirements are major factors in the renovation process, as failure to meet
these requirements would mean that the current licenses held by SHS could be lost, and could be
detrimental to the organization’s goal of becoming accredited. However, other important factors
that do not have as serious of consequences also exist. One such factor is color selection. There
has been a study conducted that finds that there is inconclusive evidence between colors and
health, or that there are any colors that are considered healing powers (Young, 2007). This
means that essentially any color scheme could be selected. However, it is important to take note
of the cultural context associated with a color.
For instance, we have been taught that red is a stimulating color, while blue is a passive
color. Meanwhile, it should not be forgotten that SHS serves the community of Georgia Tech
students. Therefore, some color association should be made to represent and connect with the
community served by SHS. My recommendation is to choose muted colors such as navy blue
as an accent color, mustard gold, and other light tans and grays as the primary color scheme for
SHS.
Noise of the renovation is another factor that needs to be given consideration. The goal
is to improve the services for students. However, closing the center during renovation would be
counterproductive to the mission of SHS. In an effort to mitigate the noise issue, renovations are
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scheduled to occur over the summer months, when the majority of the student body is off
campus. With the majority of the student body off campus, the demand for SHS services
declines. This means fewer patients would be bothered by any noise or inconveniences
associated with the renovation.
The most basic of health services would remain available in an area of SHS that is not
affected by the renovation. Additionally, to avoid the noise, an agreement will need to be made
with the contractor for a flexible schedule, such as starting at 7 and ending at 3, or taking a 2
hour lunch break, etc. This would allow scheduling to be shifted so that the majority of patients
are scheduled during the “off” time of construction. However, creating a flexible schedule must
not come at the expense of the renovation’s deadline. For services that cannot be easily offered
by SHS during renovation, partnerships with local health facilities should be made so that
patients still have access to needed care.
Type of Equipment Needed
SHS has retained some of their equipment pre-renovation. However, the renovation is
being done in an attempt to improve the services provided and to one day obtain accreditation.
This means that updated equipment will be needed, as well as new equipment to complete the
renovation. This is especially true since the renovation will increase the number of exam rooms
within SHS. The needed equipment ranges from small simple things such as chairs and
bookshelves, to larger scale equipment such as exam room tables (“Standardize,” 2011). Below
is a list of equipment that will be required for the renovation to be completed:

Furniture:
o Exam room tables
o Stools
o Chairs/ Couches
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o End Tables
o Magazine Racks
o Information Display Boards
o Shelving
o Desks
o Bookshelves
Elevator
Fire Extinguishers
Fire Detection System
Hazardous Waste Disposal Units
Updated medical equipment:
o Otoscopes
o Thermometers
o Forceps
o Scales
o Trays
o Examination lights
o Blood pressure machines and cuffs
o Defibrillators
o Etc.





Budget Planning and Cost Estimates
The overall renovation of SHS is estimated to be $2 million. This includes the cost of
construction, licensures, and equipment. It is essential that the facility stay within the $2 million
budget to ensure that there is adequate funding for operation in the upcoming academic year.
Likewise, it is important that SHS get the necessary equipment to provide health care services.
Therefore, equipment should be of the utmost priority. It is also important to ensure that
construction is done correctly and with material that will last. If costs must be cut, a lower
quality of furniture may be purchased, as long as the quality is not so poor it fails to meet SHS’s
needs or maintain a reasonable lifespan. A projected budget and cost estimate is found below:
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Projected Budget & Cost Estimates
Line Item
Estimated Costs
Construction
$1,200,000.00
Furniture
$260,000.00
Elevator
$78,000.00
Fire Detection System
$4,000.00
Hazardous Waste Disposal Units
$3,000.00
Medical Equipment
$455,000.00
Total:
$2,000,000.00
Role of Stakeholders in Facility Planning and Development
The primary stakeholders that will play a role in the facility planning and development of
the renovation of SHS are the administrative team of SHS. There is a set plan in place with the
key objectives of the renovation already predetermined. However, it is important to note that the
administrative team of SHS made the objectives of the renovation with the key stakeholder—
patients—in mind. This is seen by the desire to shorten the distance walked by patients from the
waiting room to their exam room. Additionally, it is also seen through the team’s decision to
move shrink the administrative area, move the pharmacy, and install an elevator so that getting
to the second floor is more convenient for patients.
While patients may not play a major role directly in the facility planning and
development, the renovation is being completed to improve the experience of patients. Patients
may be included by collecting surveys of what they would like to see, and may even be involved
in creating artwork for the newly renovated SHS, but their role will remain minimal.
Implementation Plan
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The goal is to complete the renovations over the summer semester, when most students
are not on the campus. This means that fewer patients will be inconvenienced. In order to
accomplish this goal, careful planning and scheduling must be done. Tasks will need to be
overlapped in order to ensure that equipment has arrived by the time construction is completed.
If construction is completed and equipment has not arrived then patients cannot be seen
at the beginning of fall semester, which is the goal for the project. By developing a prospective
schedule, the administrative team of SHS can develop a plan to ensure the project is completed
on time. The Gantt chart below provides a prospective schedule for the project completion:
Task
Construction
Order Equipment
Equipment Delivery
Installation
Preparation/Accessorizing
Begin seeing Patients
May Jun Jul Aug Sep

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