At the start of any new university or hospital bathroom remodel project, architects and builders begin to plan and design the layout, materials to be used, timeline, and budget. One important step in the process is to recognize potential mistakes that might be made. By planning to avoid those errors in the initial stages of the design process, the project can be completed without a hitch.
On that note, let’s review how to avoid the most common university and hospital bathroom remodel mistakes to help perfect future projects.
When proper ventilation does not exist in a bathroom, problems occur. Not only will paint and grout deteriorate, wallpaper curl, and metal corrode, but mold and mildew will grow. These two unwanted fungi are unsightly and could lead to additional damage to the walls and structure. Visible mold and non-visible mold spores might also lead to allergies and potentially dangerous health issues. Keeping patients and students safe is of utmost importance, so bottom line: ventilation in a bathroom is crucial. Bathroom fans and windows, therefore, can be key solutions to allow proper and much needed ventilation in hospital and university shower areas.
Preventing Mold and Mildew
Taking moisture avoidance one-step further, an important task to remember is effectively protecting the shower from mold and mildew by using the right bases and wall-panels. If the hospital or university decision-makers choose tile, it will need to be carefully and properly grouted. Regular re-grouting will need to occur in order to prevent any leakage into the walls or floors through cracks that could lead to further structural damage or mold growth. Utilizing solid surface showers is a much simpler solution than tile, as the material is seamless and non-porous, and as a result offers true resistance to mold. With frequent use by students or patients, this is extremely important to health and safety.
Continuing with the safety discussion, adequate lighting is necessary in helping to keep patients and students safe in hospital and university bathrooms. Lighting also helps keep people safe by allowing them to spot water or potential slip hazards on the floor. Brightening typically darker areas such as the shower stall can also help to ensure better footing and avoidance of falls.
During the bathroom remodel planning phase, a key mistake is forgetting to review how each feature will fit into the overall design puzzle. Architects and builders need to review how doors and drawers will open compared to the fit of fixtures within the bathroom space. In addition, the movement of patients and students within that space must be carefully considered. Requiring a patient to step in, or move in an awkward position in order to open a door or get around a fixture is a mistake that should be avoided. Considering all openings and object placement when planning your remodel project, therefore, is quite imperative.
Although sticking to a budget is an important requirement, substituting lower-cost materials to stay within that budget can be a long-term mistake. Materials that require annual maintenance and repairs add to unnecessary annual expenses for hospitals and universities. Using high-quality, low-maintenance materials like solid surface shower solutions is ultimately more cost effective in the long run.
A bathroom remodel project for a hospital or university can transform into a wonderful success with careful review and consideration. By avoiding some common mistakes in the areas of ventilation, mold and mildew resistance, lighting, spacing, and proper material selection, architects and builders will help to protect the safety of students and patients.