2018 PDC Summit Track Icons
6:30 – 8 a.m. | AIA/AAH FORUMS

Continental Breakfast

7 – 8 a.m. | AIA/AAH FORUMS

Emerging Professionals
Southern Ellis, AIA, LEED AP, Associate, HKS, Inc.; Caleb Haynes, PE, VP Business Development, Bernhard

Engaging and unifying the next generation of healthcare design leaders and equipping them to lead the charge towards advancing the healthcare built environment. We would like to invite you to join us in a conversation about and with the next generation of our profession. This forum is intended to provide a setting to spur interaction between the future leaders of our profession and to unite them to become a force for improving the future of healthcare design. The forum discussion will also link these future leaders with the current leaders of our profession to create opportunities for mentorship and continued growth.

  • Identify issues relevant to developing future leaders in health care design.
  • Discuss how emerging design professionals can contribute to the professional dialogue in health care architecture. engineering, and research
  • Evaluate resources available to emerging professionals in health care design
  • Discuss opportunities for emerging professionals within the field of health design.

Medical Equipment and Technology
Lisa Charrin, AIA, ACHA, Vice President Mitchell Planning Associates; John Desch, Sr., Vice President, Mitchell Planning Associates; Anne Diamond, Day Kimball Health, President and Chief Executive Officer, A Community Partner of Yale New Haven Health

The Medical Equipment / Technology Forum is a platform for the interaction and conversation about leading edge technology among owners, architects, engineers, facility managers, contractors, equipment and technology planners and vendors. Today’s healthcare facilities are challenged with more connected devices than ever. Panelists will provide insights of latest technologies and how Owners are making decisions at an increased pace for assuring connectivity and investments in systems that improve the quality of care. Day Kimball Health will share their experience from recent implementations of technologies. Panelists will facilitate question and answers from the audience.

  • Consider how Owner furnished connected systems are influencing the installation and activation phase of a project.
  • Explain the issues that contribute to capital decisions and timing for owner decisions
  • Examine case study and benefits of asset management and tracking systems for operations, maintenance, utilization, and forecasting.
  • Discover how technology aids in the monitoring, and security of health care facilities.

8 – 9:30 a.m.

Embrace Your Awesomeness

Brad Montgomery, Professional Business Speaker, CPAE Hall of Fame Speaker

Brad Montgomery is an expert at helping people get more out of themselves and those around them. His session will discuss ways to boost productivity, creativity, innovation & profits. Learn how to harness the power of your own AWESOMENESS in hands-on experiences that you’ll remember and implement. After Brad reminds you just how awesome you are, y ou’ll leave the event ready to rock the world. To take responsibility. To excel. To make things happen.

  • Learn how to be more productive, more creative, more responsible
  • How to become a better leader
  • Gain the confidence to deliver better customer service (Internal & External)
  • The importance of taking ownership

9:30 – 9:45 a.m.

Networking Break

9:45 – 10:45 a.m. | Concurrent Sessions I

Securing the Hospitals of the Future
Jay Abdallah, CISSP, CISM, CISA, Global Director Cybersecurity Services, Schneider Electric


The number of connected devices in buildings is growing at an ever-increasing rate, going hand in hand with a rise in cybersecurity incidents. Health care facilities are rightly risk averse and concerned about service interruptions and cybersecurity. What are the primary threats that arise from a connected and digital facility ecosystem? What can we do manage and protect facilities and data? This interactive session will help attendees identify vulnerabilities and create a strategy to mitigate current and future risks.

  • Assess the current state of cybersecurity within your organization
  • Identify potential known issues and future opportunities for upgrades and improvements
  • Equip your health care facility to handle cybersecurity threats
  • Explain why cybersecurity is important and train others on best tactics

Rural Right Size Study and FGI Response
John Williams, Construction Review Services Program Manager, Washington State Department of Health; Rebecca Lewis, AIA, CID, FACHA, Architect & Interior Designer, Damberg Scott Gerrina Wagner Inc; Hui Cai, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture, University of Kansas


This session shares an ongoing national benchmarking research study on critical access hospitals (CAHs) based on the collaboration between an academic researcher, designers, policy makers, and the Facility Guidelines Institute. The speakers discuss the size of key areas, grossing factors, and strategies in CAH design. The implications will be elaborated with examples, including possible design strategies for CAHs and how beyond minimum requirement designs could be presented to a regulatory official for approval.

  • Explain the process and preliminary results of collaborative national benchmarking best practices projects
  • Evaluate the effects of CAH physical environments on patient outcomes and staff performance and retention
  • Discuss future trends and possible alternative typologies of CAHs to provide more efficient health care to rural populations
  • Use Beyond Fundamentals research to inform design and regulatory approaches

ASHE Water Management Monograph – Details of a Water Management Program
Brianne Copes, PE, LEED AP, Senior Mechanical Engineer, Mazzetti; Jonathan Flannery, MHSA, CHFM, FASHE, FACHE, Senior Associate Director of Advocacy, American Society for Healthcare Engineering;


Hospitals are increasingly in need of water risk management planning to reduce and eliminate the possibility of waterborne illness. ASHRAE published standard ASHRAE 188-2015 to establish minimum requirements for building water systems. To assist members in complying with the standard, ASHE has published a monograph that provides detailed guidance on the development and implementation of a water management program. This session offers a review of the newly published ASHE water management monograph.

  • Explain the importance of a water management program
  • Develop a water management program to protect patients, visitors, and staff from waterborne pathogens
  • Meet the water system requirements of CMS Condition of Participation 482.42 Infection Control
  • Meet the water system requirements of the Joint Commission Environment of Care and the requirements of ASHRAE Standard 188

Re-Thinking the Clinic: Optimizing the Outpatient Environment
Patty Modrowski, RN, VP of Operations, ProMedica Health System, ProMedica; Camilla Moretti, AIA, ACHA, LSSGB, LEED BD+C, Vice President, HKS, Inc; Steve Jacobson, AIA, ACHA, LSSGB, LEED AP, Principal & Executive Vice President, HKS, Inc


Health care is increasingly focused on balancing patient expectations with staff efficiency and effectiveness. This session explores the impact the physical environment has on productivity and the relationship between design, human experience, and organizational efficiency. A year-long study conducted in primary and specialty clinics studied the impacts of the building on collaboration, care coordination, staff efficiency, and patient experience. The case study facility combines 11 physician practices into a one-stop-shop, enhancing clinical collaboration and creating a holistic approach to health.

  • Map clinical workflows of physicians and medical assistants for primary care and specialty care clinics
  • Examine how the physical environment impacts productivity and patient throughput in outpatient clinics
  • Identify design elements that reduce walking distances and the discrepancy of those distances between clinical teams
  • Explore the strategies for reducing real estate costs by consolidating and standardizing clinical modules

A Hospital’s Journey to LEED Platinum
Keith Holloway, AIA, Vice President/Director of Operations, RLF architectural-engineering-interior; John Evans, LTC (P), Deputy Commander, US Army Health Facility Planning Agency, US Army Health Facility Planning Agency; Nick Zubrzycki, PE, Director of Electrical Engineering, RLF Architecture Engineering Interiors


Join us for a journey into the High Mojave Desert and explore how the Fort Irwin hospital rocketed from standard goals to being on target to become the first net-zero, carbon-neutral, LEED Platinum military hospital. Each presenter will help you envision the complex technical challenges and tell part of the story from a different point of view: the owner’s, the designer’s, and the technical problem solver’s. Attendees will leave with valuable insight that can be applied to their own projects.

  • Identify strategies to cost effectively reach carbon-neutral operations
  • Describe how to stay ahead of evolving technology and regulations
  • Explain how exceeding sustainability goals is possible even with a resource-intense facility like a hospital
  • Describe how strong and committed client-industry relationships can make the impossible, possible

Improving the Patient Experience through Energy to Care
Kara Brooks, MS, LEED AP BD & C, Sustainability Program Manager, American Society for Health Care Engineering; Michael Taphorn, PMP, Program Manager, Talisen Technologies, Inc.


ASHE’s Energy to Care program helps participants improve energy management practices and reallocate energy resources into improving patient care. ASHE and the AHA are expanding the program by incorporating a real-time energy management solution. This panel discussion will discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly involved in the development and implementation of the technology. The panel will briefly discuss the development and implementation of the tool before moving on to a robust discussion of the benefits and challenges each panelist has seen when piloting the technology. The panelists will discuss how the tool helped them improve operations and facility management as well as the patient experience.

  • Identify lessons learned from the development and implementation of the new Energy to Care solution.
  • Explain best practices for implementing the new solution in health care facilities.
  • List key aspects of how this technology helped save energy, and how show how savings can be reallocated into patient care.
  • Discuss how using advanced technology can improve the patient experience

10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.

Exhibit Hall, Lunch, Architecture for Health Gallery, ASHE Connect, Solutions Pavillion

1:45 – 2:45 p.m. | Concurrent Sessions II

Is Your Facility Management Team Prepared to Overcome a Catastrophic Event?
Lindsey Brackett, Healthcare Facilities Operational Efficiency and Solutions Expert; Joshua Brackett, Special Projects Manager, Baptist Health System


Too often when a new hospital comes online or a new system or equipment is installed, facility management teams receive a PowerPoint presentation, video, or canned training material. These teams must know exactly what to do the moment an emergency event occurs; how does a video help prepare them? This panel discussion focuses on the importance of equipment training. The tools and tactics discussed will keep facility management teams trained and provide tips on how to onboard new team members..

  • List training criteria for specifications and RFPs
  • Identify the impacts of unprepared staff in the event of a catastrophic event
  • Describe case studies and scenarios through an interactive audience response session
  • Develop training curricula specific to equipment failure and emergency preparedness

Planning the Hybrid OR
William Heun, AIA, CSI, NCARB, Partner, Matthei & Colin Associates


Hybrid operating rooms come in all shapes and sizes and are built for a variety of reasons to meet a variety of clinical functions. This session will compare and contrast four hybrid ORs, each distinct in size, shape, and equipment and each designed to meet the needs of a specific subspecialty. The session will identify common elements, elements that define a hybrid OR, and the special requirements that influenced design. Attendees will leave with a checklist for hybrid OR projects.

  • Define a hybrid OR is and how it differs from other procedure rooms
  • Identify room planning strategies for both specialized needs and to provide flexibility
  • Assess special systems considerations and coordination for imaging, HVAC, lighting, and ancillary equipment.
  • Describe the special hurdles that these rooms present and how to address them

Test Your Code Knowledge – An Interactive Q&A Discussion of Regulatory Codes
Allison Ellis, PE, Fire Protection Engineer, Koffel Associates Inc; William Koffel, PE, FSFPE, SASHE, President, Koffel Associates Inc.


Understanding regulatory codes is essential for proper maintenance of a health care facility. Recent editions of the codes have introduced new requirements that can ease the difficulties of maintaining a facility, if used properly. Test your knowledge with a live code quiz on NFPA 101®, NFPA 72, and NFPA 99, including an open discussion of questions with a lower percentage of correct responses.

  • Apply requirements of the NFPA 101 2012 Edition, as adopted by accrediting organizations
  • Describe new code requirements in NFPA 101 2015 and 2018 editions, NFPA 72 2016 Edition, and NFPA 99 2012 Edition
  • Assess personal comprehension of regulatory codes based on correct responses to seminar questions
  • Identify top code misinterpretations in various NFPA codes, including recent editions of NFPA 101, NFPA 72, and NFPA 99

New State-of-the-Art NeuroDiagnostic Institute Improving Behavioral Health Care Treatments
Keith Huehls, PE, CPMP, Senior Project Manager, BSA LifeStructures; Bryan Sander, RA, LEED AP BD+C, Project Architect, BSA LifeStructures; Augie Ziccarelli, Project Executive, Pepper Construction of Indiana


The NeuroDiagnostic Institute and Advanced Treatment Center is Indiana’s first new state mental hospital since 1952. The facility, scheduled to begin serving patients in early 2019, will be a key component equipping Indiana to diagnosis and care for those who suffer from neurological and mental health disorders. BSA LifeStructures’ design uses existing infrastructure to form a new facility and a connector between two buildings with a variety of new systems and state-of-the-art equipment.

  • Explain their approach for a building with mixed occupancy
  • Identify the design challenges around behavior health environments and how the objects in the room and design features need to be specified to prevent self-harm
  • Find solutions for fitting the design in a vertically configured facility
  • Discover planning and design strategies that enhance the patient experience and improve staff efficiency

Multi-Campus Strategic Master Plan for Scripps Health
Chai Jayachandran, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP, Associate, Healthcare Studio Leader, SmithGroupJJR; Bruce Rainey, MHA, Corporate Vice President, Facilities Design and Construction, Scripps Health; Issam Khalaf, VP, PMCM, B&I, Jacobs Engineering Group Inc; David King, FAIA, NCARB, LEED AP, Senior Vice President, Director of Design, SmithGroupJJR


Health care trends, evolving technology, and a fast-approaching 2030 seismic mandate set the baseline for a multi-campus master planning strategy to drive the operational and functional design of the Scripps Health campuses. Working collaboratively with the owner, the clinical team, and the construction management team, an innovative approach expedited decision making by adopting advanced methodologies with the desire to allocate care specialties and rationalize funds across the continuum of care, as well as schedule entitlements and permitting processes.

  • Discuss how health care systems prioritize capital funding on projects
  • Distinguish good campus design that can solve budget and space challenges
  • Review the concepts and methodology of multi-campus planning
  • Identify construction management techniques to manage a multi-campus project

AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2019 Overview and Winner Presentation
Eugene Damaso, AIA, EDAC, GGP, Design Leader/RLF Architecture Engineering Interior Task Force Chair – AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2019; Eugene Damaso, AIA, EDAC, GGP, Design Leader/RLF Architecture Engineering Interior Task Force Chair – AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2019; Participating StudentsParticipating Students from the winning team (determined onsite)

The AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2019 is an exciting annual event designed to stimulate critical inquiry, creative ideas, and multi-disciplinary interaction between students, and design professionals. It will highlight the brilliance and innovation of our future healthcare architects, engineers, and construction managers. Students from four different universities and disciplines will bring their creativity and ideas to this fun and evocative design charrette.

This session will be an overview of the three day long AAIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2019 followed by presentations by the winning teams.

  • Review & discuss the current state of today’s professional education in the fields of architecture, healthcare design, architectural engineering & construction management.
  • Identify key issues that will help groom better healthcare design leaders of the future.
  • Explore the success that comes from multi-disciplinary & inter-professional collaboration between architects, engineers & contractors.
  • Discuss highly successful student projects developed during a 48hr student charrette under the guidance of expert faculty & industry advisors.

2:45 – 3 p.m.

Networking Break

3 – 4:15 p.m.

Alignment of Priorities in Health Care Design

Moderator: Vincent Della Donna, AIA, ACHA, Principal & Healthcare Architect, AIA Academy of Architecture for Health

Data Analyst: Lisa Walt, PhD, Senior Research Analyst, American Society for Health Care Engineering
Panelists:Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Director, Pebble Projects, Center For Health Design; Patrick Casey, AIA, Executive Director, Planning, Design and Construction, University of Mississippi Medical Center; Peter L Bardwell, FAIA, FACHA, Principal, BARDWELL+associates; Chad E. Beebe, AIA, CHFM, CFPS, Deputy Executive Director, American Society for Health Care Engineering

The panel will compare perspectives on the priorities of health care design and how population health and value-based care will affect the future hospital campus. Four polling sessions were presented at a number of leading industry conferences including design and clinical audiences over the past three years which identified several interesting results. The panel will compare those results from different demographics and their thoughts on the future of health care.

  • Understand current industry trends.
  • Discuss the polling results with an expert panel.
  • Compare polling results from other demographics to determine alignment of priorities and principles.
  • Create, through the results of the polling, a comparative study that will identify the common goals and directions of the industry.

4:15 – 4:30 p.m.

Networking Break

4:30 – 6 p.m.

Exhibit Hall Reception