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{Past Event} - Green Construction Series: Where Policy Meets Sustainable Design: The Healing Environment

May 21, 2010 - 1:00 pm - May 21, 2010 - 1:00 pm -- Eastern Standard Time


The current American healthcare reform debate occurs at a time of economic crisis that impacts all facets of healthcare planning, including sustainable facility design. Prior to the economic collapse, many healthcare organizations were planning capital expansion and/or replacement facilities to address increased demand for diagnostics and treatment in flexible spaces, saturated with the latest technology. Today, many organizations are cancelling or postponing capital improvement projects, reducing staff and services, and looking for ways to both maximize their existing space and, if a project can be afforded, support efficiency in its design, construction and operations. Professionals closely monitoring this debate have turned to the evidence-based and sustainable design to deliver value to hospital clients and to improve the quality of the healthcare setting, particularly as related to safety imperatives. At the intersection of policy and facility challenges and reforms is the sustainable healing environment. This Webinar will walk participants through the process of integrated evidence-based design as it relates to value added healthcare sustainability services and facilities.


  • The characteristics of a “sustainable healing environment”
  • Recent healthcare policy initiatives and how they overlap with the process of integrated evidence-based, sustainable design
  • Strategies for implementing evidence-based and sustainable principles
  • Cost implications for health systems of building green system-wide
  • Cost shifting implications by department in a ‘green’ vs. ‘normal’ building


Jonathan Hoffschneider, AIA LEED AP , Perkins + Will
Telephone: 202-624-8343
Jonathan Hoffschneider, AIA, LEED® AP is an Associate Principal in the firm’s Washington DC office. Mr. Hoffschneider is an accomplished architect with over 21 years of experience in the management and design of healthcare facilities nationally and internationally. As Senior Project Manager, Mr. Hoffschneider is an expert in creating schedules and budgets, as well as planning and detailing all aspects of his projects. Since joining Perkins+Will, Mr. Hoffschneider has worked on Renovations at the Children’s National Medical Center in Washington, DC; Renovations at the Mayo Clinic in Jacksonville, FL; the Renovation and Expansion of Valley Health – Winchester Medical Center in Winchester, VA; the University of Maryland Medical Center, Ambulatory Care Center in Baltimore, MD; and the UVA Foundation Long Term Acute Care Hospital in Charlottesville, VA. Previous healthcare project experience includes the Carilion Memorial Hospital Consolidation Project, Roanoke, VA; the North Pavilion Replacement Facility at the University of Alabama Hospital in Birmingham, AL; the Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago, IL; and the Haven of Hope Hospital, Hong Kong SAR, China.

Carrie Rich MS, Perkins + Will
Telephone: 202-624-8384
Carrie Rich, MS is a Healthcare Specialist at Perkins+Will where she brings health systems understanding to the design process, liaising between design professionals and healthcare administrators. Ms. Rich’s view through the administrative lens facilitates integrated space planning based on operational processes, administrative vocabulary and data driven projections. Ms. Rich’s experience in the healthcare delivery setting links strategic priority establishment with marketplace forecasting, ultimately supporting environments that meet capacity infrastructure needs. Her demonstrated commitment to patient and workplace safety is consistent with comparative effectiveness aims, serving as a vehicle for quality of care improvement. Ms. Rich holds a faculty appointment at Georgetown University in the School of Nursing and Health Studies teaching healthcare sustainability. Her commitment to sustainability supports a research agenda that compliments both the realities of the health care delivery system and an understanding of policy structures.

Seema Wadhwa, LEED AP, Inova Health System
Telephone: 703-405-8758
Seema Wadhwa, LEED® AP serves as the Sustainability Engineer for Inova Health System, where she is responsible for incorporating sustainable management practices in operations and design. Ms. Wadhwa holds a degree in Civil Engineering with a focus on water resources and environmental engineering. She also is a LEED AP professional. Her efforts in promoting healthcare environmental sustainability include co-founding a local alliance on healthcare sustainability with member hospitals, design consultants and industry partners. Prior to her role with Inova, Ms. Wadhwa spent several years managing engineering design projects with Urban Ltd. and has recently taken on the role of their Director of Sustainability.

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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