Medical buildings are changing, both in appearance and in the way that they function. New advances in healthcare have meant that the way that people use these buildings is changing, as is the way that most people view office environments. At the same time, more architects are taking a look at the way that people view a hospital, medical building, or health clinic, and are aiming to change the perceptions that are made at first glance. For this reason, the medical buildings being built today look nothing like those that were built even 10 years ago. Many people believe that the bulk of these changes are taking place inside, and while many of them are, the appearance of the building’s exterior is also changing, with fiber cement becoming one of the best materials available for use in this area.
One of the biggest ways in which medical buildings are beginning to change is the fact that they’re beginning to encompass several purposes and specialties all under one roof. It’s common to find administrative offices alongside clinics, private practices, therapy rooms, and urgent care all within one building. For this reason, the look of the building needs to be different than older structures used for one purpose only. There’s an idea amongst those responsible for these buildings, that they need to embrace the changes within by appearing different on the outside as well.
Therefore, many of the older cinderblock, stucco, and concrete form buildings that were used for hospitals and medical buildings for so long are being replaced by more dynamic architecture. Fiber cement, with its incredibly durability and versatility makes it easier for architects to capture that vision and translate it into reality.
Attractive to the Eye
People have a lot of associations with medical buildings and hospitals – most of them unpleasant. With the way that medicine is changing and the medical arts buildings beginning to reflect that change within, many administrators also want that change reflected on the exterior as well.
For that reason, medical buildings being designed today are created with dynamic appearance that is far different that the hospitals built even within the last 10 or 20 years. The exteriors of the buildings are meant to engage the viewer, with many of them extremely contemporary or colorful in design.
For this reason, fiber cement easily makes the grade and the transition from old fashioned to contemporary. While fiber cement is best known for its durable and practical siding, it’s the architectural panels that are of the best use for today’s medical arts buildings.
Fiber cement architectural panels and trim have the ability to produce a variety of different, dynamic looks for the building’s exterior. Whether the panels are smooth with a color matched trim, or they’re textured and use a rivet and metallic trim for an industrial appearance, the fact remains that no two buildings clad in fiber cement panels need to look alike. With a wide range of colors and sizes, as well as a variety of shapes the panels can be formed into, it’s possible to create a building design that draws people in, whether they need services or not.
Long Lasting Appearance
One of the reasons that most hospitals and medical buildings are so often made of cinderblocks, concrete, and stucco is the fact that they need to remain maintenance free for as long as possible. Hospitals are in the business of providing care to those within their walls. There is little time or money left over for upkeep on the building’s exterior after it’s been built.
Fiber cement is incredibly durable, lasting easily as long as many of the other materials used to create medical buildings in the past. The difference, though, is in its versatility, giving you more options for appearance than ever before. At the same time, the color application process means that whether you choose something subtle or bold, the color isn’t going to peel, fade, chip, or crack, giving you many years of maintenance free beauty. This in turn frees up the hospital’s funds and time to make the changes and upkeep where it really matters – inside – while at the same time, the building can continue to draw eyes with its dynamic good looks.
Consider Fiber Cement
Fiber cement siding and architectural panels are tough and durable enough to outlast wood, vinyl, and many other materials on the market today. They’re also good looking enough to help medical buildings make the statement they’re after as they continue to change the way that they function and do business. Make the switch to fiber cement siding for the next hospital, healthcare center, or medical arts building that you begin work on to capture these benefits for your next project.