April 16, 2014

Joseph Sprague, FAIA, FACHA, FHFI, has made a profound impact on healthcare planning and standards during his 40-plus-year architectural career. He will now share his expertise through a two-year appointment, by the Secretary of Defense, to the Independent Review Panel on Military Medical Construction Standards.

The 10-person federal review panel will:

  • Establish objectives to provide independent advice and accommodations to the Secretary of Defense regarding a construction standard for military medical centers to deliver a single standard of care
  • Determine the standards consistent with industry practices and benchmarks for world-class medical construction
  • Assess the Department of Defense’s approach to planning and programming facility improvements

As a director of health facilities, principal and senior vice president at HKS Inc., Sprague serves as technical adviser on numerous projects. He oversees project execution and provides substantive input in the areas of functional and space planning, master planning and facility design.

A former member of the military, he has participated with other HKS veterans in 30 years of military healthcare projects including Fort Hood replacement hospital in Killeen, Texas; Camp Pendleton Naval Hospital in Oceanside, Calif.; Ireland Army Community Hospital in Fort Knox, Ky.; Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio, Texas; Fitzsimons Army Medical Center in Aurora, Colo.; and Bassett Army Community Hospital in Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

He has been recognized throughout his career by organizations such as the Center for Health Design, Facility Guidelines Institute and Symposium on Healthcare Design and received a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Healthcare Architects.

Sprague began his career in the military. After 20 years of reserve service, Lieutenant Colonel Sprague was selected in 1990 as Commander U.S. Army Health Facility Planning Agency, Reserve – the highest senior assignment in the Army for an architect/health facility planning officer. Following that, Sprague served for many years as director of design and construction for the American Hospital Association. In 1984, he joined HKS as senior vice president and director of health facilities.

HKS is ranked among the top healthcare architectural firms in the world by Modern Healthcare and BD World Architecture. Operating from 27 offices worldwide, HKS focuses on innovative healthcare design, process and delivery. The firm’s award-winning healthcare architecture includes 2,000 unique projects representing 80,000 beds and 184 million square feet. HKS projects have garnered numerous awards and coverage in worldwide publications. The firm’s healthcare specialists are highly respected international speakers.

For more information, contact Trish Martineck at tmartineck@hksinc.com.

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