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Southern Ellis, AIA
On World Cancer Day, February 4, HKS continued to stand alongside Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon in the fight to ease the burden for women with cancer in Tanzania.
In October 2016, Cornell’s Institute for Healthy Futures hosted their first annual symposium on Hospitality, Health and Design. Professionals and academicians from across architecture, hospitality, hotel management, long-term care, real estate, healthcare and technology shared their experiences and vision of the future. In this cross-campus collaboration they blend hospitality, management, environmental design and healthy policy to foster innovation. There is no replacement for the insight that cross-pollination creates from reaching outside the boundaries of a given discipline, and it was wonderful to see it in action.
Kate Renner, AIA, EDAC, Lean-Six Sigma CE, LEEP AP BD+C, Associate and Shannon Kraus, FAIA, FACHA, LEEP AP, Senior Vice President, Board of Directors
How does your healthcare facility impact your patient outcomes? Every key design decision is a performance hypothesis with a direct impact on outcomes and the metrics used to measure patient outcomes, including fall rates, infection rates, staff injury reports, satisfaction and HCAHP scores. A well-designed building can improve organizational performance at multiple levels – the human, organizational and environmental scales. The true test of the success of a project design is its functionality after occupancy. To measure this functionality, Post Occupancy Evaluations (POE) were developed as a tool to evaluate buildings in a systematic and rigorous manner, after they have been built and occupied for some time.
Steven Stroman, NCIDQ, LEED AP
Creating places that enhance the human experience...
As architects, we have the opportunity (and responsibility) to be authors; writing new chapters of healing, redemption and hope into stories that were once characterized by struggle and anxiety. Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, our partner and the catalyst for the #HostelsForHope Design Competition, released this powerful video, detailing a few of the stories the competition will impact.
Adeleh Nejati, Ph.D., Assoc. AIA, EDAC
“Biomimicry 2016: The Road to Resiliency” was a half-day conference that took place in California on March 11th of this year. Arranged by Verdical Group, a firm of LEED consultants based in Los Angeles, the conference was a series of TED-style presentations and panel discussions that brought together thought leaders in the field of biomimicry, those who grew up in nature, and those who look into the nature for solutions to challenging issues they are facing in design. Presenters showcased biomimetic and biophilic research and design in many forms, ranging in scale from the design of products to the design of buildings, cities, and urban infrastructures. The full conference recording is currently available on Verdical Group's YouTube channel.
HKS is excited and honored to be part of an international design competition – organized by Pink Ribbon Red Ribbon, a global partnership fighting women’s cancers throughout Africa – to create temporary housing for women receiving cancer treatment near Tanzania’s two cancer treatment centers. The United Republic of Tanzania has some of the highest rates of cervical and breast cancer in the world but the shortage of cancer treatment facilities forces many women to travel great distances for treatment. Many women die at home because they simply live too far from the hospitals and have no safe and affordable place to live between their cancer treatment sessions. This competition will stimulate inventiveness and creativity, resulting in projects with the potential to increase access to critical treatment that will save the lives of many women.
E. Ramon Cavazos III, AIA, CCCA, NCARB
The traditional African proverb would tell us that “It takes a village to raise a child,” but when it comes to designing a children’s hospital, I would argue it takes much more than a village. The design of Our Lady of the Lake Children’s Hospital in Baton Rouge, Louisiana included physicians, nurses, families, patients, engineers, architects, interior designers, and more working from locations across the country. The process of integrating user groups and family focus meetings is nothing new to how HKS Health delivers projects; however, the collaboration of people across the entire firm who helped make this project great is inspiring and promotes the idea that great design can come from anyone, anywhere.
Camilla Moretti, AIA, ACHA, LSS CE, LEED AP BD+C
You can call me old-school, but to me, there is nothing faster to convey an idea than sketching. Don’t get me wrong — I’m a huge fan of technology, an avid Revit user, and a big believer in Lumion, Rhino, Grasshopper, etc. But the ease and speed of pencil to paper is unbeatable — or is it?
Sheba Ross, AICP, LEED AP, Int’l AIA, CDT
As one of the most beloved (and intriguing) words in the English Language, you might find it strange to see it being used outside the context of romance or science. But I cannot seem to find another word to describe the unravelling of events of a project we were engaged in last year.