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  • Lean in Professional Services: How to Measure What You Can’t See
    Lean is a management philosophy and improvement methodology that is applicable in any organization or industry. Even in the non-transactional, low-volume and high-variation world that is professional services, Lean provides both the framework and an approach for empowering people to drive increased quality rigorously. Although the knowledge industry, which author Jim Benson famously re...
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  • The Aha Moment: Kids' Kanban Journey
    The Challenge My son, Ramzi, and I were getting into a rut. Every morning we’d wake up and get ready for school. After a few minutes of cuddling on the couch and having a little snack to start the day it would be time to get dressed and head to school. That’s when the wheels fell off. He’d say he was too tired or couldn’t get his clothes on. I would start calmly but very soon get frus...
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  • Lab Expansion to Benefit Staff and Patients
    While all of our designs affect healthcare, not all are the typical ‘face’ of healthcare – an emergency department expansion, a new physician’s office or an outpatient surgery center. Some of our spaces most patients will never experience. I am part of a team that is designing an off-campus clinical laboratory, which will process thousands of specimens a year for several area hospitals...
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  • Bright Ideas Incorporate Evidence-Based Design
    Featured in Medical Design & Construction, January/February 2017. While no one would argue against the clinical benefits that the private patient room model yields, it’s worth pausing to analyze the physical forms that are natural offsprings of current code mandates and operational practices. As our designs rapidly evolve to keep pace with industry changes, we must not forget elements...
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  • Supporting Candidates Through the Architectural Experience Program
    The Architectural Experience Program (AXP), formerly known as the Intern Development Program (IDP), is a program by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards that facilitates Architectural Licensure. Candidates need to achieve their “three Es” – Education, Experience, and Examination – to become licensed professionals.
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  • Disrupting Education: Micro-credential, Nano-degree, Stackable Degree
    I recently had the opportunity to represent Array on Philadelphia University’s College of Architecture and the Built Environment Advancement Council. The Council comprises industry members from a variety of markets and roles. We are asked twice a year to participate in a half-day workshop to provide direction to the academic leaders as they develop new programs.
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  • Four Parts of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit of the Future: Part 2
    As mentioned in Part I of my Pediatric Patient Room of the Future blog, the patient and their families, as well as the potential of rapidly-changing technology, dictates that flexibility in all aspects of planning and design be at the forefront of every endeavor. In this blog, I will focus on Safety & Infection Control and the Healing Environment.
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  • Key Factor for Success in Lean Building Design
    It is overwhelming how many books, articles and blogs there are about Lean and Six Sigma. Google “Lean Six Sigma” and there are more than two million results. But I haven’t found anything yet that explores one important aspect when applying these techniques to building design:
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  • Geospatial Healthcare Planning
    Array Architects’ technology division, Array Analytics, an innovative Software as a Service (SaaS) solution provider for the healthcare industry, has partnered with Esri, a global market leader in geographic information systems (GIS), to accelerate product development and significantly expand its market presence. Healthcare systems will find this geospatial solution to be instrumental ...
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  • Preparing for DOH Inspections
    Healthcare projects in New York State involving new construction and renovation typically require application to and inspection by the New York State Department of Health (DOH). From the New York State DOH:
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  • Emergency Department Master Planning
    No matter the size, scope or phase of a project, each one can benefit from Array’s process-driven lean design approach; even when the project is a departmental master plan. Thinking about our approach from a master plan perspective, and a limited scope master plan at that, made me realize just how flexible an approach it is. 
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  • The Path to Architecture Licensure
    As an emerging professional in the field of architecture, I find that the most rewarding experiences come from the ability to make a difference in the lives we serve and the future of the architecture profession, students and recent graduates.
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  • Why Are Standards Not Standardized?
    In my professional experience, I've come across numerous office cultures and ways of doing things. I've always wondered how hundreds of hours might be spent developing documentation and procedural standards, only to have a firm "come up short" in terms of adoption. With this in mind, I've developed a few educated conclusions as to why a lack of adherence typically occurs:
  • Converting a Med/Surg Unit to Suit Behavioral Health Standards
    As part of a multi-site Behavioral Health Initiative (BHI) for Mercy Health, Array converted a shuttered med/surg floor at Lourdes Hospital in Paducah, Kentucky. This project was not without the inherent challenges of making a non-behavioral health space compliant, safe and comfortable for patients and staff. What made it rewarding was the cooperative effort of the design team to make ...
  • A Case for Adaptive Reuse in Healthcare
    There are a variety of factors informing a healthcare system's decision to expand its outpatient service offering.
  • Four Parts of the Pediatric Inpatient Unit of the Future: Part 1
    There are unique aspects to healthcare design, pediatric design and in particular, the design of world-class academic institutions in urban environments. In the past, I’ve discussed my top 10 list for pediatric waiting room design. Pediatric inpatient units of the future must not only respond to known, documented evidence-based design attributes, but planning considerations and design ...
  • Taking the Pulse of Healthcare Real Estate Strategies
    Array recently co-sponsored an event about how healthcare institutions in New England, primarily the Boston Area, are approaching ambulatory care. We invited a cross section of developers, property owners, facility leaders, real estate leaders and designers; all who have a great understanding of this particular market. It was enlightening to hear what stakeholders are facing these days...
  • A Growing Need for Critical Access Hospitals
    I recently read on the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) website that 66 rural hospitals have closed since 2010. The closure rate is increasing. It was six times higher in 2015 than in 2010. A study the NRHA commissioned revealed that 673 rural hospitals are “vulnerable or at risk for closure.” Of this group, a large number are Critical Access Hospitals (CAH).
  • Importance of Ambulatory Site Selection & Evaluation
    As the healthcare landscape shifts, many providers are delivering care in innovative ways. With the goal of integrating into their patients daily lives, providers are also searching for new, conveniently-located facilities capable of accommodating a wide array of ambulatory services ranging from a simple exam, consultation or blood draw room to more complex procedures, including surger...
  • Designing Outside the Four-Walled Box of Your Office
    Often when we are working with a client to design their space, we have a number of meetings in which we review renderings, materials, etc. While we always like to go to the client with a polished presentation, sometimes clients can struggle to articulate their design goals for a project. A great way to help clients think outside the box is to have a work session in our office.
  • From Mowing the Lawn to Designing Hospitals
    I know what you’re thinking, how did mowing the lawn lead to me designing hospitals?
  • Why Current and Future State Mapping is Crucial
    We are continually looking for ways to transform the way we design, as well as how we involve our clients and end-users early on in our design approach. Mapping current and future states has become an integral part of our design approach, allowing us to learn and better understand more details about our clients. We use process mapping as a tool to work with the client and look at all t...
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  • Designing to Prevent Hospital Acquired Infections
    Recently I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker for a Master-level class at Kent State University’s College of Architectural and Environmental Design. The class was part of their Healthcare Master of Architecture program, and focused on Hospital Acquired Infections (HAI) and the physical environment. Over my 20 years of professional practice, 14 of which have been dedicated to hea...
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  • Unifying and Improving a Health System – Protect the Client
    In an effort to provide a full spectrum of health services to each of its communities, Mercy Health System identified Behavioral Health as a priority service line for improvement. As mentioned in the previous post, the System sought to bring parity to their hospitals and redesign their behavioral health services system-wide.
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