Cannon Design’s Open Hand Studio hosted their third Meet and Match event at the Hotel Lafayette in Downtown Buffalo. Partnering with the Buffalo Architecture Foundation, the two organizations hosted a night of celebrating community-based design in Buffalo. The event was a wonderful success, bringing over 100 designers and community group leaders together for a one-of-a-kind opportunity to share public interest design project ideas and meet with potential new partners in order to realize those concepts.
“We were thrilled hosting the Meet and Match event with the Open Hand Studio,” said Kevin Mahoney, President of the Buffalo Architecture Foundation, “We hope to use this model of bringing design professionals and non-profit organizations together for future events in the Buffalo area.”
Attendees heard from four guest speakers who shared their success stories about community-based work. Kicking off the night was Linsey Graff, Buffalo Architecture Foundation Board Member and Committee Chair of Architecture + Education. Linsey spoke about the Arch + Ed program and how Buffalo public schools across the district have benefited from a unique and collaborative learning approach through the lens of design and architecture. Chris Fritton from the Western New York Book Arts Center shared their unique position in the community as both a non-profit and a business that assists local historical landmarks raise funds by designing unique prints with their antique printing press.
The other two speakers were previous Pro Bono Publico winners—an award given by the Buffalo Architecture Foundation that recognizes exemplary pro bono services, rendered in the public interest without fee or with a significant reduction in fees, provided to not-for-profit clients. Paul Sheid of Sheid Architectural PLLC, winner of the Distinguished Service category, presented on the Gospa Village Project. In an effort to improve the lives of at-risk single mothers and children, Sheid donated their design services to create a series of housing and community living spaces to provide a stable, supervised living environment for this underserved and at risk population.
The last presentation was given by Courtney Creenan on behalf of the Hive City Team, winners of the Design Excellence category. The design project, taken up pro bono by 5 UB architectural students, made a unique home for a displaced bee colony. The project has garnered national attention since winning the Pro Bono Publico award. Located near the grain silos in downtown Buffalo, Hive City has provided an elegant, innovative design to an industrial heritage site and a valuable educational resource to the community.
There was a very strong showing of CannonDesigners—many of whom were instrumental in making the event a success. Other members from the Buffalo design community included representatives of AIA Buffalo/ Western New York, Trautman Associates, MidCity Furniture, UB School of Architecture, InkWell Studios, Flynn Battagalia, Bammel Architects, CJS Architects HHL Architects and others. Members of community organizations included Buffalo Sugar City, Habitat for Humanity, Garden Walk Buffalo, Special Spaces Buffalo, Citybration, Vision Niagara, Gateway-Longview, Matt Urban Hope Center, and many more.
Open Hand Studio Meet and Match events have established a proven model for bringing design professionals and community group leaders together through an inviting and productive environment.The Buffalo community has shown great enthusiasm to further the mission of Open Hand Studio and better their community through the power of design.
Building Design + Construction released telling results from a 2013 survey of more than 150 architects earlier this month related to how design and architecture firms are thinking about sustainable buildings. The full survey results are worth your reading but here are some key highlights.
~ LEED remains powerful with 64% of respondents saying they have used the program to register or certify projects in the past 12-18 months. Energy Star for buildings is also fairly popular at 28% and every other green rating program: Green Globes, National Green Building Standard, Living Building Challenge, BREEAM and the Collaborative for High Performance Schools placed in the single digits.
~ Architects still value product selection at a high level and of the 15 green-product certification systems available to them; they continue to prefer Energy Star (74 %) and UL (51%).
~ One of the key sentiments set forth by the survey results is that many architects no longer see “sustainable” as a big enough goal. They’ve moved on to strive for high-performance buildings that have minimal detrimental effects on the environment and maximum benefits for occupants.
~ Another key theme established through the results is that architects and designers continue to seek for affirmation that the complex array of programs, systems and tools at their disposal actually do result in more sustainable buildings. They want real value rather than as one person put it “a lot of green bologna.”
If you have the time, read through the full survey results and charts at BD+C’s site. It is a great look at the pulse of the design community when it comes to its stance on sustainability.
Two weeks back, I had a chance to make a quick visit to King Faisal Specialist Hospital as part of other business travel and I took a few photos of the cancer center in development. I was pleased with the quality of the construction and the consistency between the finished product and our original design. Future visits will hopefully allow us to photograph the interior spaces and the Royal Wing, which is also under construction.
Two CannonDesigners played an important role at this week’s Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia. The two-day international conference and expo seeks to bring together industry leaders, experts and frontline professionals dedicated to sustainable building in their everyday work.
Rand Ekman, AIA, LEED Fellow, and Director of Sustainability at Cannon Design co-presented “Stories from the Field: AIA’s Sustainability Leadership Scan Update.” The topic covered reviewing the AIA’s current repositioning around sustainability, identifying the top priorities for leadership in sustainability, reviewing the findings from 3 years of AIA energy use data, and understanding the impact of participating in the AIA 2030 Commitment.
Marya Graff, LEED AP, was part of a panel discussion titled, “LEED for Healthcare: Lessons Learned from the First 3 Years.” She spoke as an expert from the point of view of a project pursuing LEED for Healthcare certification. She represented the East Tower addition project at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn, and covered lessons learned from the “Materials and Resources” and “Indoor Environmental Quality” categories.
Their knowledge and leadership in green building is a testament to Cannon Design’s dedication be a regenerative practice—one that works to enhance, improve, restore and deepen people’s lives and our relationship to the natural environment.
The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (U of I) earned LEED Platinum certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for their transforming learning environment—Lincoln Hall.
“Accomplishing LEED Platinum from the USGBC is a milestone and U of I is an incredible partner,” said Charles T. Smith, AIA, LEED AP, Cannon Design. “The renovation of Lincoln Hall improved energy efficiency, reconfigured faculty and staff spaces, increased usable space, revamped staff work areas and enhanced the learning environment, all while preserving the building’s early-20th-century architectural character. Cannon Design is passionate about the space transformation in higher education environments. We know the outcomes are enduring—respecting the past and paving the way toward the future.”
Most U of I students eventually attend a class in Lincoln Hall, home to the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. Prominently located on the Quad, the 100-year-old, four-story building is one of the oldest on campus and has been classified as eligible for the National Register of Historic Buildings.
LEED Platinum highlights for Lincoln Hall
~ Reused 96.6% of existing walls, floors and roofs
~ Diverted 77.5% of on-site-generated construction waste through recycling, salvage and reuse
~ Salvaged, refurbished or reused 32% of existing interior components
~ Reduced water use by 42.4% over baseline – exemplary performance is 40%
~ Achieved 38.4% energy-use reduction from ASHRAE 90.2-2004 existing building baseline
~ Purchased green power to offset 70% of the building’s annual electricity use for two years
Manny Hernandez’ special series on emergency department design has now become a quartet of informed pieces for Emergency Physicians International (EPI), with his fourth feature, “Bringing it In-House” appearing in the publication’s Fall 2013 issue. And Manny notes that there will be more to come!
In this article, Manny Hernandez, MD, MBA, FACEP, Principal and leader of the firm’s Health Practice core team, explains why housing imaging services within emergency departments makes a whole lot of sense. Below, we asked Manny a few questions to summarize some of the article’s talking points.
WHAT IS THE BEST CASE SCENARIO TO JUSTIFY IN-ED IMAGING?
The inclusion of imaging within the ED is really a case of improved accelerated patient throughput, productivity and safety. Many hospitals make the mistake of having three distinct patient flows … inpatient, outpatient and ED patients all share the same imaging units. This scenario typically results in a prioritization hierarchy where ED patients trump others waiting for imaging studies. This can delay outpatient imaging which has a negative impact on overall outpatient satisfaction. Similarly, these hierarchies usually result in inpatients being prioritized last which harm accelerated discharges and can result in avoidable inpatient days, which can also affect Medicare reimbursement.
On the productivity side, placing imaging directly in the ED decreases staff travel distances related to patient transport—resulting in a reduction in FTEs allocated to transportation services, allowing clinical staff to spend more time at the bedside delivering direct patient care.
With respect to safety, the most dangerous time in patient care is during handoffs and patient transport. ED patients physically at a distance from the ED can be at risk of delayed recognition of clinical de-compensation and subsequent delayed intervention.
WHAT TYPE OF IMAGING TECHNOLOGY WOULD FIT BEST IN THE ED?
The question is not “should imaging be included in the design of a new ED,” but rather, “what kinds of imaging should be included?” All EDs need a fixed plain imaging (x-ray) unit. Other modalities are based on utilization volumes and types of specialty care delivered. For example, any ED that is designated as a trauma center or an acute stroke center should have a CT scanner within the physical confines of the department regardless of overall CT demand within the ED.
Looking purely at volumes, there is no specific volume threshold for overall ED visits that warrant a dedicated CT scanner in the ED. As a rule, we’re seeing volumes of approximately 35,000 annual ED visits as the point at which an in-ED CT scanner seems to make the most sense. Current technology recommendations are for, at a minimum, a 64-slice, dual-source CT scanner. This allows for sophisticated imaging with quality that enables cardiac angiography and abdominal imaging with time-consuming oral contrast administration.
Many ED’s already have an ultrasound unit. This is a direct reflection of the training emergency physicians receive in their residency on the use of ultrasound technology. As technology advances, we can expect that in-ED ultrasound will have no space requirements as physicians will have an ultrasound probe connected to their smart phones. Some EDs are also beginning to explore the possibility of adding an in-ED MRI to support acute stroke imaging. At this time, we’re seeing this limited to academic ED’s and are not really recommending this as an imaging modality to include in every ED.
WHAT AREAS OF THE ED WOULD MOST BENEFIT FROM HAVING IMAGING SERVICES NEARBY?
The old model of centralizing imaging in one area of the ED is losing favor. The emphasis today is on placing imaging units close to where they will be of most used. The most efficiently designed EDs are placing their fixed plain imaging (x-ray) unit near the front door and triage while CT scanners are being located proximate to higher acuity zones such as the trauma rooms and medical resuscitation bays.
OVERALL, HOW WOULD IN-ED IMAGING RAISE THE QUALITY OF CARE FOR THE RESPECTIVE HEALTH FACILITY?
The use of in-ED imaging enhances quality through a number of measures:
1. Accelerated time to diagnosis
2. Reductions in overall length of stay
3. Increased patient satisfaction
4. Reduced time out of the department for critically-ill ED patients
5. Increased staff productivity and time for direct patient care
Emergency Professionals International is the first magazine and professional online network dedicated to global emergency medicine. An important component of Cannon Design’s healthcare practice, Hernandez leads the firm’s healthcare consultancy, Confluence by Cannon Design, an initiative which advocates for a new manner of working: one that integrates healthcare professionals and design professionals to examine how transforming healthcare delivery can alter and be impacted by understanding the delicate interplay between processes, human capital and technologies and how they inform the built environment.
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Students at the University of Chicago, Harris School of Public Policy have been able to tackle real-world issues as part of their school work this semester. A number of students enrolled in a class taught by CannonDesigners Tim Swanson and Eric Zachrison and economist Paula Worthington have been studying the most pressing challenges facing Brownsville, Texas for the past 10 weeks.
Last Friday, the students presented their findings to University of Texas Brownsville professors, students, city commissioners and residents around key topics all under the driving theme of Improving Education and Health Outcomes. The topics were:
~ Expanding Early Head Start
~ Improving College Graduation Rates
~ Encouraging Biking
~ Addressing Obesity
~ Improving Air Quality
Students have invested 10 weeks of research into the specific challenges and shared their finding while proposing real solutions for the city to consider.
Swanson and Cannon Design have been involved with Brownsville for more than a year ever since Mayor Tony Martinez assembled design “charettes” that included various planners in a bid to keep the University of Texas Brownsville downtown. When asked about his work with the students, Swanson said the idea to involve them grew out of frustration with running up against city policies, codes and regulations.
“It’s something we’ve been wrestling with, and we started to hit a wall when we realized that as designers we often have to design around policy. So the idea was, why don’t we start partnering with policy students, kind of catch them early on and really talk about this notion of policy as it relates to design and design as it related to policy, so that you equip the next generation of policy students?”
Zachrison spoke about the decision to bring students to the city of Brownsville throughout the course to help infuse their research.
“We let them study for seven weeks, Brownsville, everything they could read and they dove into it. I knew that being down here for a few days would make a huge difference to them. That was one of the big hidden lessons of the class. This is actually a trend we’re seeing quite a bit in education now, students’ desire to do things in a very real-world sense.”
Natalie Petzoldt has been an integral part of Cannon Design for 15 years, working her way up in the firm to become a Principal in the St. Louis office and the Central Region Healthcare Leader. In her recent interview with a local television program, Natalie commented on her own career trajectory, the past, current, and future state of the role of women in architecture, and also managed to highlight Cannon Design’s CHUM, Powerhouse and St. Louis Central Public Library projects as well as St. Louis Open Hand Studio efforts in Joplin.
Various projects in construction, on the boards and in competition are keeping project teams engaged with multiple clients in all markets and building types.
Starting with facilities on the horizon for completion …
The Dickinson College’s Squash and Fitness Center will be the first phase of Cannon Design’s renovation and expansion program of the Daniel Tully-designed Kline Athletic Center in Carlisle, PA. In Baltimore, a new Science and Technology Center at Coppin State University will present itself as a gateway to the University’s campus. Nearing completion in Pittsburgh PA, is a 45,000 sf addition to the University Center at Carnegie Mellon University—an appealing environment expected not only to increase sports participation, but improve the overall health of the campus community. And at Syracuse University, a Field House will provide a year-round indoor practice venue for the University’s football, lacrosse, soccer and field hockey teams.
On the Boards …
The widely anticipated 183,000 sf Department of Veterans Affairs James J. Peters VA Medical Center SCI/D in Bronx, New York will not only offer acute and long-term inpatient treatment for our veterans with spinal-cord injuries, but will also provide outpatient clinics, a research office suite and a therapeutic pool. Sustainable features foster an immediate connection to nature—so important to the healing process for hospital-bound patients. Outdoor courtyards are oriented to ensure access to daylight, while a two-level central circulation “street” overlooking a light-filled atrium and healing garden provides patients with a sunlit, indoor public space.
Designed to function as a “front door” to the science complex, the 94,000 Rutgers University, Newark Campus, Life Sciences Building in New Jersey encourages cross-departmental collaboration in chemistry and biology, as well as entrepreneurship and breakthrough R&D initiatives.
There have been a number of competitions in which our project teams have been involved. One of the most interesting was for the Eulji Hospital and Medical Campus in South Korea. The design of the campus will be an integrated and sustainable program, merging landscape and architecture to create a new form of symbiotic living and working. The proposed landscape, designed by Andropogon for the Medical Campus is developed around the theme of native landscapes that represent Seoul’s different eco-regional plant communities, and is based on a contemporary interpretation of Korean cultural site and garden design heritage.
John P. Reed, AIA Design Principal for the programs at Coppin State, Carnegie Mellon and the Bronx VA notes, “…these diverse projects provide ample moments of cross pollination, integrating landscape and architecture to design space defining buildings which make places. The teams have all focused on how these buildings fit into and shape the patterns of everyday life for the users, be it a student, teacher or patient. Ultimately we hope to create a portfolio of buildings which unmistakably improve the everyday user experiences in ways the program brief and clients never predicted or imagined.”
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