How Vacant Retail Spaces Can Become Healthcare Facilities

How Vacant Retail Spaces Can Become Healthcare Facilities

How Vacant Retail Spaces Can Become Healthcare Facilities

How Vacant Retail Spaces Can Become Healthcare Facilities

The unprecedented challenges faced by the healthcare industry in the last few years have opened new opportunities for design innovation and facility transformation.

One of the emerging trends in healthcare design today is the repurposing of vacant retail spaces into healthcare facilities, including ambulatory surgery centers, urgent care centers, primary care clinics, MOBs, and specialty practices.

Healthcare facility owners and health systems should explore the benefits and challenges of an adaptive reuse strategy in healthcare facility construction, and how it can help meet the growing demand for accessible, convenient, and cost-effective healthcare services.

According to reports by the CoStar Group, in the last three years, the U.S. retail vacancy rate ranged between 4% and a high of 10.6% in the first quarter of 2021.

Retail vacancy is due to the accelerated shift to online shopping, as well as the closure of many brick-and-mortar stores during the pandemic. As a result, many landlords are looking for reliable tenants to fill their empty spaces, and healthcare providers are among their top desired potential candidates.

Turning empty retail spaces into healthcare facilities requires careful planning, design, and collaboration among the stakeholders, including the landlords, the healthcare providers, the architects, the contractors, and the regulators.

This article by healthcare architect Aaron Jeffers demonstrates the necessary considerations for creating a successful adaptive reuse strategy in the healthcare sector. You’ll learn industry best practices and proven recommendations for future retail-conversion healthcare projects.

By leveraging the potential of vacant retail spaces, healthcare providers can expand their reach, improve their efficiency, and deliver better outcomes for their patients and communities.

Read the full article here.

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Want to discuss an adaptive reuse or retail conversion strategy for your healthcare facility? Contact Principal, Aaron Jeffers, AIA.

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