Target Value Design: Applications to Newborn Intensive Care Units Academic Article uri icon


  • There is a need for greater understanding of the health impact of various design elements in neonatal intensive care units (NICUs) as well as cost-benefit information to make informed decisions about the long-term value of design decisions. This is particularly evident when design teams are considering the transition from open-bay NICUs to single-family-room (SFR) units. This paper introduces the guiding principles behind target value design (TVD)-a price-led design methodology that is gaining acceptance in healthcare facility design within the Lean construction methodology. The paper also discusses the role that set-based design plays in TVD and its application to NICUs.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Rybkowski, Z. K., Shepley, M. M., & Ballard, H. G.

citation count

  • 4

publication date

  • July 2012

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