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{Past Event} - Green Construction Series: Views and Access to Nature

September 17, 2010 - 2:00 pm - September 17, 2010 - 2:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


Green spaces are becoming key elements in the design of many healthcare facilities. Evidence-based design criteria as well as Green Guide for Healthcare and LEED recommendations recognize the importance of access to views and physical connection with nature for improved patient outcomes. These same spaces provide a source of respite for staff, caregivers, and family from the stresses of the healthcare environment.

The George F. Riley Healing Garden created on the Botsford Hospital campus for the new Botsford Comprehensive Cancer Center, Farmington, Hills, Michigan is an example of a space that was designed to address the user needs from an experimental point of view, achieve LEED recognition for innovation, and honor the historical significance of the garden for its adjacency to the Botsford Inn, once owned by Henry Ford. A post-occupancy evaluation will assess the advantages and limitations of this space for its users while providing insights into more informed future designs.


  • Provide listeners with an understanding of the research-grounded elements of the Theory of Supportive Garden Design (Cooper Marcus & Barnes, 1999) and the healing influences that stem from a garden’s effectiveness in facilitating stress coping and restoration.
  • Demonstrate the criteria for good healing garden design using current evidence-based healthcare garden design theory, the minimal facility programming required to create a successful therapeutic space, the importance of incorporating physical connectivity to adjacencies in the design, and the challenge, in this project, of incorporating early 1900’s components to compliment the restoration of the adjacent historic inn.
  • Through a variety of examples, understand how a healing garden program can provide a direct connection to community involvement, a philanthropic focus for third party investment, and an emphasis on the direct connection to experiential design and wellness by the organization.


Samantha Roffe, ASLA MALA LEED AP, Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN
Telephone: 608-410-8155
Samantha Roffe, ASLA, MALA, LEED AP, is a registered landscape architect and senior site planner with Cogdell Spencer ERDMAN. She has more than 20 years of experience in the areas of master planning, conceptual site planning and design, design development, cost estimating, and LEED administration, and has collaborated on more than 130 healthcare facilities. She has developed a specialty in the design of healthcare gardens and participated in the Chicago Botanic Garden Healthcare Garden Design Certificate of Merit program. She is the author of a number of professional articles, a national conference presenter, and a participant in “Healthcare, Healing, and Assisted Living”, a National Roundtable sponsored by Landscapeforms and ASLA.

Jerry Smith, FASLA, LEED AP, Smith\GreenHealth Consulting, LLC
Telephone: 614-266-6685
Jerry Smith is the landscape architecture representative on the Environmental Standards Council of The Center for Health Design. Jerry serves on the Steering Committee of the Green Guide for Health Care and is on the Advisory Board of the Therapeutic Landscapes Network. He is on the Board of Directors of the Central Ohio Chapter of the U.S. Green Building Council and his work was instrumental in the development of the Sustainable Sites Initiative (SITES), serving on both the Technical Core Committee and the Human Health & Well-being Sub-Committee of SITES. Jerry is owner of Smith\GreenHealth Consulting, LLC, in Columbus, Ohio and was appointed the 2010-2011 Faculty Fellow in Landscape Architecture at Ball State University, where he will be in residence next year. In 2010, Jerry Smith was inducted into the Council of Fellows of the American Society of Landscape Architects.

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