Just like any place with a parking log, healthcare providers need their paving done as well. Unlike other buildings, places that provide healthcare often have much stricter requirements for their facilities. These include everything from bathrooms to accessibility requirements to their parking lots and paving. Many people recognize the importance of a hospital or clinic’s facilities. Power supply should be regular and absolutely dependable. Imagine the amount of lab samples, blood and organ donations, and data that could be lost if a hospital lost power/refrigeration for a long period. Without doubt, a hospital needs to have accessibility features for everyone. People will often be injured going in and out, with many people whose mobility is limited using either crutches, scooters, or wheelchairs.
One thing that might slip a lot of peoples’ minds though, is the importance of asphalt paving for these healthcare spaces. A hospital needs a clean, accessible, well-lit parking lot at all times. Having a good parking lot means better accessibility for your patients. It also means that they are not put in danger on the way to get treatment.
Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, and emergency centers need facilities that are as good in quality as the care they provide. The parking lots and other pavement structures be built to the most exacting specifications. On top of that, they need regular maintenance that keeps them up to their high standards.
One of the most important aspects of any building is accessibility. For a lot of small businesses, this isn’t a problem. Storefront businesses with a small parking lot can put a handicapped parking space right at the front of their building. Then a slight ramp leads to the sidewalk, where another leads to the business. That works for places with a maximum occupancy of no more than 50. But nursing homes often accommodate hundreds. Hospitals can accommodate thousands. And these facilities often have a much higher percentage of people who require disabilities accessibility than most of the population.
Healthcare facilities still face the same constraints in money, space, and resources as other clients. They also have to provide access and safety to their clients at a level the vast majority of other locations don’t.
Hospitals need to ensure that they are compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other guidelines. Thus, it is important to have a plan worked out for disabled parking and accessibility on a large scale.
Safety and accessibility
Because hospitals often deal with people who are injured or otherwise disabled, safety is of utmost importance.
- Line striping must be clear and maintained to prevent accidents.
- Lighting should make everything easily visible for the elderly and patients undergoing eye treatment or with bad eyesight.
- Exits and entrances should be clearly marked.
- Signage should be clear and easy to read.
- Damage to pavement must be dealt with quickly to prevent tripping hazards.
- The parking lot should be cleared of debris to avoid safety hazards.
Another important part of a healthcare facility’s parking lot/access features is emergency access. Large emergency vehicles like ambulances often need immediate access. Whether its a hospital or nursing home, the parking lot/building access area needs plenty of space. This enables emergency vehicles to quickly get in and out without being blocked by people or cars. Not only must the lots be bigger to accommodate emergencies, there must be quick and effective accessibility to and from the roads nearby.
One of the other major considerations for hospitals and clinics in particular is volume. Large hospitals can deal with thousands of patients in a day, as can busy clinics. Add to the patient volume the amount of workers at a hospital. Nurses, doctors, techs, administrators, and everyone else who works at a healthcare facility needs to have a place to park. The takeaway is that a hospital parking lot will be under pretty much constant, and often heavy use.
When a parking lot gets almost no empty time it becomes extremely difficult to perform maintenance. Repairing potholes, restriping, and crack repair can not be done during off seasons. This means that there need to be solutions that let a hospital perform maintenance and maintain volume.
Regular inspection and maintenance is key.
- Check for the beginnings of cracks and potholes so they don’t become bigger problems that take more time and money to solve.
- Seal coat your paved surfaces to prevent weather damage. Coating takes far less time and money than replacing pavement.
- Clear debris from surfaces and ensure drainage areas are clear.
- Ensure that signage, striping, and lighting is clearly visible at all times.
- Check to make sure that accessibility features such as wheelchair ramps and lifts are clean, debris-free, and in good working order.
- Ensure that liquids like water, oil, and other solutions from cars are not pooling anywhere on the pavement.
An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It’s better to have one small area of a parking lot sealed off to fix a crack than a giant chunk of it cleared to completely replace seriously degraded pavement.
One way to ensure that you don’t ever have a non-functioning lot is to build one that is much larger than your largest expected volume. This way, you can alternate between parts of the lot that are in use and parts that are under repairs.
Use a paving contractor that works for you
So, now you know what to do to build and maintain your healthcare facility’s pavement properly. Now you need to find a contractor who can do it on time and budget, and to the highest specs. That’s where Reliable Paving can help you. Let us know how we can help today. With over 35 years of experience, we can both build you the best parking lot, and keep it in pristine working order.