Health care design still a 'technology testbed'

C.C. Sullivan writes on Smart Planet that the health care construction market remains a good place to be — it is set to be the only growth sector this year — and a place companies are targeting with new building technologies.

Walking down the halls of NeoCon East in Baltimore last week, I noticed that most new product launches were for healthcare, with the latest germ-fighting fabrics and high-tech furnishings. Legacy Furniture's HEAL:x, with its breathable mesh backs and antimicrobial copper, was one of dozens of examples.

Bleeding-edge products with short installed track records get their debut in hospitals, in part, because manufacturers are flooding the gates.