HKS Design Leaders to Speak at 2021 Healthcare Facilities Symposium & Expo

HKS’ health care teams will present on the latest trends in health care design at the Healthcare Facilities Symposium and Expo in Austin, Dec. 6-8.

 The conference will focus on the future of health care through various lenses such as how to better serve our aging population, selecting individualized approaches for project delivery, and more.

Here’s a preview of the sessions featuring HKS speakers:

Pandemic Resilience: Monday, December 6, at 11:15 a.m. CST

HKS Speaker: Director of Health Jason Schroer

By early 2021, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles had survived several waves of the COVID-19 pandemic. The center redeployed clinicians, created a COVID Line team, and addressed their infrastructure in real-time to stay ahead of the pandemic. HKS will join Cedars-Sinai’s executive director of facilities planning and the engineering firm, Arup, to discuss how resilience strategies can help health care facilities stay operational and safe during a pandemic. Named the Principles for Pandemic-Resilient Healthcare Design, HKS and Arup’s strategies can help hospital executives, facility directors and planners as they design new spaces and renovate existing ones.

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Road Map to Net Zero, The Journey of the Emory Musculoskeletal Institute: Tuesday, December 7, at 8:00 a.m. CST

HKS Speakers: Orlando Healthcare Practice Leader Teresa Campbell and Sustainable Design Professional Sammy Shams

Health care buildings are synonymous with high energy consumption and elevated carbon emissions that discourage teams from pursuing building performance goals like LEED and Architecture 2030. This was not acceptable for Emory Healthcare or Dr. Scott D. Boden, a visionary and champion behind the new outpatient institute. Dr. Boden negotiated with vendors to enhance the buildings performance, challenged the design team to exceed LEED Silver goals and ultimately set up a path for a Net-Zero energy building. The Emory Musculoskeletal Institute project leveraged an integrative design process that incorporates AIA measures of design excellence. This allowed the project team to collaborate early and maintain specific strategies throughout design. It’s not a perfect process, but one that is agile enough for any project to use and modify as needed while possibly achieving net positive energy, water, and carbon in the future. The panel will cover the journey and lessons learned to achieve net zero.

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Parkland Moody Outpatient Clinic: Tuesday, December 7, at 10:45 a.m. CST

HKS Speaker: Brian Briscoe

This 15-minute session will bring to life our design team’s galleries for the Parkland Health and Hospital System’s Moody Outpatient Center, which can serve a daily population of up to 800 patients who have illnesses such as breast cancer, HIV, diabetes, and orthopedic and severe injuries. Learn how the project came together in this interactive and engaging session.

Standardizing Outpatient Clinic Layout to Achieve Desired Outcomes: Wednesday, December 8, at 9:45 a.m. CST

HKS Speaker: Regional Director Steven Jacobson and Senior Medical Planner Preeta Bajaj

Outpatient clinics lend themselves to a higher level of standardization due to the type of functions performed and the degree to which these functional requirements are consistent from building to building. In this presentation we will share a standardized clinic module design and the user-centered design process utilized to develop the layout. Field research-based tools were applied to gain feedback from two completed existing clinic buildings to determine key challenges and opportunities for improvement. Additional design requirements were developed hand in hand with the client’s strategic and operational vision. The impact of COVID-19 and telehealth on both key planning unit’s and design was discussed in depth and reflected in the layout. With significant user input we developed a flexible module that can be utilized for both Primary and Specialty care clinics and is being rolled out for various sized projects for a renowned health care system in the state of Kentucky.

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