8 a.m. – 4 p.m. | Preconference Programs

Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam Review Program
Steve Spaanbroek, MBA, FASHE, CHFM, CHC, Managing Director, MSL Healthcare Partrners; Gordon D. Burrill, P.Eng., FASHE, CHFM, CHC, President, Teegor Consulting Inc.

Please note:: Attending this course does not register you for the exam. An additional fee is required for this program. Register for the CHC exam

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
  • Identify the topic areas that are your strengths
  • Identify the topic areas in which you would benefit from further study

Physical Environment Survey Readiness Program: Life Safety Module
David Dagenais, BS, CHSP, CHFM Director Plant Operations, Clinical Engineering, Emergency Mgt and Safety

Please note: An additional fee is required for this program. Participants will receive a copy of NFPA 101: Life Safety Code® (2012 edition).

This program will help health care facility professionals prepare for The Joint Commission life safety code survey. This program covers the entire survey process; regulations including NFPA codes and CMS Conditions of Participation; and common areas of deficiencies. The program is useful for those who are new to the survey process as well as those who have been through many surveys. With so many changes in regulations and new methodologies for surveys, this program provides attendees with valuable insight.

  • Gain familiarity with the survey process.
  • Learn how to understand, prepare and organize the documentation needed for the survey.
  • Understand the relationship between all LS standards, k-tags and applicable codes.
  • Gain awareness of the most common and most critical findings along with recommendations for compliance
  • Learn strategies for compliance

8 – 10:30 a.m.

AIA/AAH Deep Dive: Designing a Human Simulation Center: A Hands-on Workshop
Matthew Guinta, AIA, NCARB, WELL AP, Project Architect, HKS; Andrew Jaeger, AIA, NCARB, Vice President, HKS; Michael Stewart, CTS, Lead Green Associate, Electrical Engineer, CMTA; Zaki-Udin Hassan, MBBS, MBA, Professor of Anesthesiology and Surgery, University of Kentucky, Chandler Medical Center

Please note: An additional fee is required for this program.

This session will provide a hands-on learning experience for health care administrators; facility managers and directors; contractors; architects; and engineers. Attendees will participate in a guided exercise to design a human simulation facility along with the team involved in the design and construction of a simulation center at the University of Kentucky, considered to be one of the most advanced in the country. Parameters will include budget, available space, technology, and staff needs. The exercise will explore the collaboration needed between hospital administration and facility leaders, health care providers, and the design team to create their ideal simulation facility.

  • Describe stages of simulation center development
  • Relate simulation programs to design of space
  • Analyze challenges in technology
  • Recognize key roles in simulation center development and how these roles collaborate

9 – 10:30 a.m.

ACHA Exam Prep Seminar

The ACHA certification process is designed to recognize the expertise of architects who have substantial experience in all aspects of health care architecture projects. Architects who earn the ACHA credential have had their health care experience and knowledge independently evaluated and approved through the application, portfolio and testing process. It's a stamp of approval that differentiates architects with specialized health care skills for their clients, employers and colleagues. Join seasoned colleagues to walk through the ACHA certification process and earn 1 learning unit for this free workshop.

Please RSVP for the exam prep seminar here.

11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

AIA/AAH Facility Tour: The University of Arizona Cancer Center at Dignity Health St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center + Health Sciences Education Building

Please note: An additional fee is required for this tour, which includes transportation. Tickets for this tour are limited.

Transportation:The tour sites are a 10-minute walk from the convention center. *Please meet at the Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) at 435 N. 5th Street by 11:30 am. If you need transportation, please e-mail

Completed in 2015 by the Design-Build team ZGF + Hensel Phelps, the 220,000 GSF University of Arizona (UA) Cancer Center houses radiation oncology, an infusion center, endoscopy + interventional radiology, diagnostic imaging, and specialty clinics, along with a retail/clinical pharmacy, boutique, and support/wellness center. The building’s architectural expression is grounded in materiality mirroring the tones and textures of the Sonoran landscape and establishes the facility’s unique identity, complemented by an outer façade of perforated, copper-colored metal sunshades that form the striking outer layer of the east and west façades.

Completed in 2012 by CO Architects, the 264,000 GSF Health Sciences Education Building (HSEB) is an interprofessional academic medical and health sciences facility serving two Arizona universities on the Phoenix Biomedical Campus. This signature building’s iconic design meets the universities&rsqsuo; aspirations for identity, sustainability and powerful new learning environments utilizing technology-enhanced teaching areas and simulation centers for experience-based learning, learning studios for team-oriented and case-based learning, and student-focused support spaces for socialization.

  • Explore project design drivers: concept, operations + interiors.
  • Examine medical and life safety planning for each building.
  • Analyze the construction, engineering + costs affecting the final design.
  • Understand lessons learned from using these state-of-the-art facilities.

3:15 – 4:45 p.m.

AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2019 Jury/Judging
Eugene Damaso, AIA, EDAC, GGP, Design Leader, RLF; Task Force Chair – AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2019 and Participating Students

EThe 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

During this time, students will present work completed during the three-day-long AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2019 for critique by a multi-disciplinary jury and the winning team announced.

5 – 6 p.m.

AIA/Academy for Architecture for Health Update

Join colleagues and friends at the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health Update for an update on our strategic plan, as well as other programs and initiatives for 2019. Meet the 2019 Board and Student Design Challenge teams, network, meet new colleagues and catch up with the old. The update is open to all attendees and we encourage all to attend.

6 – 8 p.m.

Welcome Reception
All attendees are welcome to join us for the 2019 PDC Summit Welcome Reception. Kick off the conference and start networking while enjoying music, drinks, and heavy appetizers.