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PDC Summit Add-On Events


PDC Summit Add-On Events

March 17-20, 2024 | San Diego
Make the most out of your conference experience with add-on educational sessions and activities.

Please note: Additional fees are required to attend the starred events*.



Pre-Conference: March 17, 2024

  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, March 17

    Before attaining premier CHC status, you want to ensure that you are adequately prepared for the exam.

    Designed to give you the tools you need to prepare for the Certified Healthcare Constructor (CHC) Exam, this course provides test-taking tips, key topics, and sample questions identified in the CHC content outline (as listed in the CHC Candidate Handbook). This course will also use interactive polling technology, allowing each participant to answer questions and compare their answer with averages among those in class.

    • Apply your knowledge and experience in 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.

    PLEASE NOTE: The workshop fee does not include the CHC exam fee, nor does it register you for the exam. Participation in this program does not guarantee a passing score on the exam. To download the CHC Candidate Handbook or to register to take the CHC Exam, please visit the AHA Certification Center or download a hard copy of the exam application.

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  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, March 17

    To improve your facility's life safety program, you need the knowledge and resources for a seamless implementation.

    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. 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 other standards.
    • Learn about the accreditation organization standards and how they relate to the rules.
    • Become familiar with reference tools and checklists needed to manage your facility's life safety program.
    • Understand the relationship between all LS standards, k-tags and applicable codes.

    Note: Participants will receive a copy of NFPA 101®, Life Safety Code®, 2012 edition.

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  • 8:00 AM-4:00 PM, March 17

    With the revolving door of new employees, contractors and staff in your facility, how do you educate members on their roles in infection prevention?

    Health care facilities are meant to provide care and life-saving support to patients. Yet, the intersection of construction, renovation and maintenance (CRM) activities and health care can raise the risks of secondary infections at a rate of 5,000 deaths per year. It is critical that all parties involved in these activities not only know the risks, but take comprehensive action to control infection spread. 

    Attendees of this workshop will take part in a training of trainers to engage meaningful infection prevention by using the ASHE ICRA 2.0TM (Infection Control Risk Assessment) tool, an ASHE ICRA 2.0 Process Guide and train-the-trainer materials to take back and use at your site.

    • Assess infection control risk in maintenance, renovation and construction projects with ASHE’s updated ICRA 2.0.
    • Train members of your team to engage ASHE ICRA 2.0 through a mix of online modules and in person training.
    • Establish a communication plan among workers and staff to engage infection prevention practices to protect the community.  
    • Promote a culture of health and safety through ongoing training to protect occupants from secondary infections during their treatment and care.  

    Provided with this program:

    Upon the completion of this train-the-trainer program and receipt of the required agreements*, participants will receive full access to ASHE’s ICRA 2.0 training materials via 3-year access to the ASHE Learning Center. 

    The full ASHE ICRA 2.0 toolbox to help you train your staff includes: 

    • ASHE ICRA 2.0 Training slides.  
    • ASHE ICRA 2.0 Process Train-the-trainer guide.  
    • ASHE ICRA 2.0 Process Guide to print for site participants.
    • Activity sheets, training plans and other support resources. 
    • ASHE ICRA 2.0: Improving Patient Protections e-Learning for trainer only (3 CECs if it is completed).  

    *IMPORTANT NOTE: Participants of this course will be required to complete and sign a Trainer Agreement and Training Ethics Agreement in order to access full training materials.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, March 17

    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.

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  • 9:00 AM-10:30 AM, March 17

    As health providers seek to lower operational costs, their real estate teams seek to lower capital and maintenance costs of across facilities. Through investment in building standards and prototypes, organizations can shift project delivery from bespoke, time intensive solutions to a manufacture ready kit of parts uniquely authored by and for an organization, affording enhanced efficiency in labor and material costs across multiple sites of care.

    Discover the foundations for developing a building standards program and the shift in project delivery when implementing a manufacturing approach. Learn from healthcare organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, who have implemented templated facility prototypes.

    • Understand how curated, construction-level assemblies were authored by an integrated team to support standardized ambulatory medical facilities deployment.
    • Demonstration of the prototype data management of building component content and details, driving consistency of application across projects and regions.
    • Discover how linked content and processes allow teams working coast to coast to focus on site and program adaptation, harvesting prior lessons learned rather than reinventing for each project.
    • Assess how the standardization of prototypes reduces both labor and material waste, while increasing certainty in quality, cost, and time.

  • 11:30 AM-3:00 PM, March 17

    Local Healthcare Center Tour Location: North Coastal Live Well Health Center

    The North Coastal Live Well Health Center houses community health partners and behavioral health service programs. The facility ambitiously combines related services in one central location to serve a common population. In grouping behavioral health services, including a Crisis Stabilization Unit, both Mental Health and Substance Use Outpatient programs, and a Mental Health Clubhouse, into a single building, individuals seeking care have better access to their service needs, alleviating unnecessary pressures and easing the care process.

    The Health and Human Services Agency’s commitment to promoting wellness, self-sufficiency, and a better quality of life to families inspired our team to incorporate human-centric strategies throughout the design, including wellness and sustainability. Powered entirely by the sun and using no fossil fuels, the facility has achieved LEED Platinum Certification and is the only Zero Net Energy (ZNE) project listed in California that is a County-owned medical office.

    • 11:15 am bus available for pick up.
      • The tour buses will depart promptly at 11:45 a.m. on Sunday, March 17, 2024.
      • The tour will begin with an orientation at 12 p.m.
    • Tour buses will depart the hospital around 2:45 p.m. and return at 3 p.m.
    • Please bring a lunch or snack to eat on the bus, food is not provided.
    • There is a limited capacity for this event.

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  • 1:00 PM-5:00 PM, March 17

    What is evidence-based design (EBD)? How can it improve health, safety and business outcomes? What do I need to know to start using EBD in my practice or on my next project?

    This interactive session will introduce an evidence-based design (EBD) process and offer practical guidance to get started. Using a blend of educational content and experiential activities, this workshop will teach attendees about the EBD process, how to find and apply research to determine design interventions and strategies, and how to gather data to evaluate and continuously improve outcomes.

    As financial pressures and performance expectations increase, new health care construction and major renovation projects are challenged to justify the project and demonstrate effectiveness and return on investment after completion. To support health care executives in making the business case for their design and construction decisions, there exists a vast and growing body of knowledge that links the design of the physical environment with a wide range of measurable improvements. By applying an evidence-based design process, health systems can maximize their capital investment by quantifiably improving patient safety, quality and satisfaction, enhancing workforce recruitment and retention and producing a multi-year return on investment.

    Attendees will receive an EBD Toolkit to prepare them to be better clients and partners. Project examples that illustrate the application of and the business case for using the EBD process in a variety of settings will also be shared.

    Learning Objectives

    • Discuss why and how to apply an evidence-based design process.
    • Explore how to find and evaluate research to inform your design decisions.
    • Identify resources that can assist in applying evidence-based design.
    • Apply these concepts to build a business case to achieve a multi-year return on investment.


    • Barry S. Rabner, Board Chair, The Center for Health Design, former President and CEO of Penn Medicine Princeton Health
    • Ellen Taylor, PhD, AIA, MBA, EDAC, Vice President for Research, The Center for Health Design
    • Donna Deckard, BSN, MPA, EDAC, Director of Strategic Projects, The Center for Health Design

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  • 3:15 PM-4:45 PM, March 17

    The AIA/AAH PDC Student Challenge 2024 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 health care architects, engineers, construction managers and nurses. Students from five 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 2024 for critique by a multi-disciplinary jury and the winning will be team announced.

    • Learn about the student challenge goals and vision of this program.
    • Review & discuss the programmatic, site and planning issues of the healthcare challenge.
    • 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.

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  • 5:00 PM-5:45 PM, March 17

    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. Meet the Board and Student Design Challenge teams, network with new colleagues and catch up with those you already know. The update is open to all attendees and we encourage all to attend.

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More Education: March 18-19

  • March 18 & 19

    Validate your knowledge of working in a health care environment.

    Gain an understanding of the latest compliance issues in health care construction, and learn what owners, staff, and patients expect of constructors working in the health care environment.

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