Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam Review Course
Please note: Attending this course does not register you for the exam. An additional fee is required for this workshop. Register for the CHC exam.

Gordon D. Burrill, P.Eng., FASHE, CHFM, CHC, President, Teegor Consulting Inc.; Brian Cotten, PE, CHFM, FASHE, Executive Director of Design & Construction, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

This workshop provides test-taking tips and an overview of the topics identified in the CHC content outline as published in the CHC Candidate Handbook, along with practice questions based on the topic outline. The class will incorporate interactive polling technology that allows each participant to answer questions and compare his or her answers with averages from others in the class.

  • Apply knowledge and experience to answering application and analysis questions
  • Implement suggestions for preparing for the CHC exam


Application of NFPA 99 in Health Care Facilities
Jim Lathrop, FSFPE, Vice President, Koffel Associates, Inc.; Dave Dagenais, CHSP, CHFM, FASHE, Director of Plant Operations and Safety Officer, Wentworth-Douglass Hospital

NFPA 99: Health Care Facilities Code provides minimum health care facility requirements covering a broad spectrum of applications. The 2012 edition contains the most extensive changes since the inception of NFPA 99, including the change from a standard to a code and the shift to a risk-based approach. This course examines each topic area covered by the 2012 edition of NFPA 99.

Other codes and standards are also referenced by NFPA 99. Where pertinent, these other codes and standards will be examined during this course to provide a more complete understanding of NFPA 99 and how it is applied to health care facilities.


Managing Life Safety: The 2012 Edition
Bill Koffel, PE, FSFPE, President, Koffel Associates, Inc.; Steve Spaanbroek, MBA, SASHE, CHFM, CHC, Managing Director, MSL Healthcare Partners

Deciphering the various requirements of the Life Safety Code® and other standards is an intricate process. That is why ASHE created this course that will provide you and your team with the information and resources you need to manage your facility's life safety program. While the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continues to update life safety requirements, this course ensures you have the necessary information and resources to successfully manage programs as standards change.

  • Learn various requirements of the Life Safety Code® and the Physical Environment requirements of the Conditions of Participations.
  • Become familiar with reference tools and checklists needed to manage your facility's life safety program.
  • Learn about the accreditation organization standards and how they relate to the rules.


AIA/AAH DEEP DIVE: Strategic Growth through Creative Health Care Real Estate Solutions | 8 – 10 A.M.

Strategic Growth through Creative Health Care Real Estate Solutions
Moderator: Steve Barry, Executive Vice President, Business Development & Leasing, Rendina Healthcare Real Estate; Panelists: Mark O'Neil, Former Pres/CEO, Tenet Healthcare: Hilton Head Regional Healthcare; Thomas L. “Tim” Stover, MD, MBA, Former President and Chief Executive Officer, Cleveland Clinic Akron General; Brian C. Cich, Chief Operating Officer, Rendina Healthcare Real Estate

Additional registration is $50.

Health systems are rethinking ambulatory strategies to provide more access points to care in accessible, visible, and convenient locations. To enhance the coordination of care, systems will need analyze the demographic shifts in their market, their competitive set of facilities, and the services that should be offered in these locations. This session will provide an overview of specific challenges facing health systems today and how several providers solved problems with creative facility solutions.

  • Discuss new ways to create access points to care.
  • Name site selection factors that enhance the value of the outpatient center.
  • Explain how prototype facilities can be scaled to market size
  • List case study examples of actual ambulatory solutions.


ACHA Exam Prep Seminar | 9:00 – 10:30 A.M.

This free workshop will provide health care architects with useful information to submit their credentials and prepare for the ACHA Exam. The seminar covers: application materials, exam topics, sample questions, scoring criteria and exam schedules. One learning unit is available for participation. Sign up for this free workshop here.



Florida Hospital Orlando

Additional registration is $50.

Florida Hospital Orlando is an anchor of a Central Florida urban community where every generation can thrive. The focus is on achieving longer, healthier, happier lives for our community and world beyond. In 100 years, the hospital has grown from a small, two-story farmhouse turned medical facility to a hospital leading Central Florida into the next century of health care.

Join the Academy of Architecture for Health in touring the Orlando campus in downtown Orlando. You will hear from representatives from Florida Hospital, the design teams, and the construction team as we tour this facility, campus, and the newly completed buildings from a Campus Master Plan perspective. The multi-disciplinary team will lead tours, answer questions, and present Florida Hospital Orlando's vision for continued growth.

The tour will include the Administrative building along with the award-winning Florida Hospital for Women, a 148,900 square-foot facility. From a design standpoint, the hospital faced the challenge of being a highly-specialized health care facility within a larger, well established campus. The design team was tasked with creating a facility that stood out as unique, hospitality-inspired, and patient-centered. Health care spaces that are designed functionally for medical treatment often overlook the patient experience and inadvertently cause stress and affect the healing process, which is why a well-designed space is so crucial.

HKS and Stantec's design achieved a balance between a modern health care facility with sophisticated amenities and an environment that promotes healing. Designers took the patient's point of view and incorporated nature-inspired elements throughout the hospital to promote healing and spiritual connections. The design emphasizes calm, bright, and open environments. In the tower's 13 floors and 336 licensed beds, women will receive care through all stages of their lives. When completed, this hospital at the heart of a large health village campus will house units for Obstetrics, Surgery, Neonatal ICU, Oncology and Cardiology.

Tour 1      Tour 2



The AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2017 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.

During this time, students will present work completed during the three-day-long AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2017 for critique by a multi-disciplinary jury and the winning team announced.



Join colleagues and friends at the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Update for progress on our Strategic Plan 2017-2021 as well as programs and initiatives for 2017. Meet the 2017 Board and Student Design Challenge teams, network with colleagues, meet new ones and catch up with old. The update is open to all attendees and we encourage all to attend!



Join us as we kick off the conference at the PDC Summit Welcome Reception. Enjoy refreshments and entertainment as you meet and greet with other attendees.