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{Past Event} - Design & Construction Series: Flexible Design Solutions for Health Care Facilities

November 14, 2008 - 2:00 pm - November 14, 2008 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Designing for flexibility in health care facilities can lead to a variety of environmental, health, and operational benefits. The need to redefine space to accommodate changing technologies and regulatory requirements can lead to ongoing renovation and remodeling, which generates construction waste and subjects building occupants to noise, dust and blockages between critical adjacencies. This webinar will demonstrate how designing flexible, adaptive, generic, and demountable spaces can improve patient outcomes and staff satisfaction while protecting indoor environmental quality and reducing construction waste.


  • Understand the relationship between flexibility and sustainability
  • Understand the different categories of flexibility
  • Understand the attributes of the physical environment in inpatient units that impact operational flexibility
  • The benefits of concurrent engineering
  • Creating a healing environment


Debajyoti Pati, PhD, AIA,Director of Research and Senior Design Architect, HKS Architects
Telephone: 214-969-5599
Debajyoti Pati is the director of research at HKS, Inc., a top-five architecture firm. He holds a PhD in architecture from Georgia Institute of Technology, with concentrations in the areas of architecture, culture and behavior, and building technology. He directs the firm’s research projects, and develops modalities for representing research findings for end use in programming and design for all HKS offices, internationally. His current work focuses on clinical efficiency, staff well-being, and patient outcomes in acute and critical care environments, spanning several not-for-profit hospitals across the United States. He has a professional degree in architecture in addition to 20 years experience in research, practice, and teaching in the United States, Canada, and India. He has worked on research projects funded by the USGSA, US Courts, NIH-CDC, AIA, AAHF, Herman Miller, American Art Resources and Getinge USA. He has presented his work in numerous respected professional forums including the AIA, AIA-AAJ, Healthcare Design, Healthcare Facilities Symposium, ASHE-PDC, Tradeline, EDRA, AACS, and GSA-PBS, among others. His scholarly work on healthcare, justice facilities and building information modeling has been widely published in such refereed journals and conference proceedings as the Environment and Behavior, Health Environments Research & Design Journal, Critical Care Nursing Quarterly, Journal of Architectural and Planning Research, Automation in Construction, Computer-Aided Civil and Infrastructure Engineering, International Journal of Physical Sciences, Indian Journal of Social Work, ACSA, EDRA, AEI-ASCE, AEC, and CIB. His work has also been published in popular industry journals such as Health Facilities Management, Healthcare Design, Children’s Hospital Today and Advance for Nurses. Dr Pati is currently on the Research Advisory Council of the Center for Health Design, Concord CA, and chairs the Evidence-Based Design research group at the Health Environments Research Summit, Atlanta GA.

James May III, AIA, LEED, AP, Granary Associates
Jamie is an Associate Principal with Granary Associates and is the Director of the Design Practice for the New York Region. With over 22 years of experience, his extensive knowledge of healthcare facilities’ operations has resulted in creating positive and inspiring built environments while employing innovative and cost-effective solutions. With a demonstrated expertise in the field of healthcare design, he leads all aspects of the dynamic architectural process, including planning, schematic design, design documentation, construction documentation and construction administration.

Arnold Burger, Principal, Burger Gunstra
Arnold Burger, together with the Grunstra Group Architects, started a practice halfway in 2001 where now a team of 5 architects are working on a diversity of projects. Arnold finds great satisfaction in large and complex building projects, especially hospitals. All facets of architecture are tested in this form of architecture and this is where Arnold manages the art of balancing between functionality, technique, budget and architecture. This feeling of balance is portrayed in the design and features in the exterior as well as the interior of the building. The search of architectonic simplicity brings clarity to the project. The experiences gained from these complex projects inspire Arnold to create clever solutions in less complex projects. Others have also discovered this talent, witnessing the design and execution of a 58,000 sq. meter extension of the Martini Hospital in Groningen incorporating the IFD-demonstration status. At a macro level, as well as a micro level this project has responded to the building quest of flexibility. Not only the vision on another way of building, but also the vision of designing for the future has given a very positive contribution to this assessment. Arnold Burger graduated from the Technical University in Delft in 1998.

Webinar speakers have no financial or other interest in the sponsoring company and the sponsor has had no input into the content of the presentation.

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