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Opportunity for course credit: PDKC live course

  • 1.  Opportunity for course credit: PDKC live course

    Posted 10-20-2020 12:48 PM
    Edited by Alexander Chaconas 10-20-2020 12:56 PM

    PDKC live course: Are You Ready to Design and Build a Field Hospital in 10 Days?

    Sponsored by the Project Delivery Knowledge Community (PDKC), this is the first of three live courses in their COVID case study series. Each course consists of two case studies. Earn 1.5 AIA LU/HSW credit. With the inclusion of the Milwaukee House of Correction case study, this course also becomes particularly relevant to AAJ. 

    When:  Nov 10, 2020 from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM (ET)

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    Case Study 1.1
    Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center, Alternative Care Facility

    Case Study 1.2
    Milwaukee House of Correction, Alternative Care Facility

    This time it was COVID, a global pandemic coming to our shores and our communities. Next time it might be an earthquake, a hurricane, a tornado or a different health crisis. The only certainty is that like any catastrophic event, the severity of the situation and the required response will be unpredictable, undefined and rapidly evolving. How can you be ready as a designer to answer the call at your fullest potential when the situation arises?

    Learning objectives
    After participating, attendees will:
    1. Know how to build an expert rapid‐response team that is right for your situation. It begins (and ends) with the team. You will learn the attributes, skills and commitments you should be looking for in your partners as you assemble your team of experts.
    2. Understand how to develop a highly effective engagement process that brings all key stakeholders to the table at the FIRST responsible moment. You will learn how this team built the ultimate "Big Room" by expanding that concept to include and integrate not only the designers and builders, but also the owner, operator and authorities having jurisdiction, to facilitate a highly effective rapid‐response design build process.
    3. Know the key tactics, insights and pitfalls to converting an Expo Hall into a field hospital in ten days. Like any project, schedule, budget and quality drove the process. You will learn how to successfully navigate through those challenges in a hyper‐compressed timeframe.
    4. Understand the challenges and strategies of developing a field hospital in a non‐traditional setting like a prison. You will learn how to balance the demands of designing a field hospital to meet not only the healthcare needs of a prison population, but also how to do it in a safe, secure manner as required in that setting.

    Education Level

    Ideal audience
    This session is geared towards architecture firms, designers and practitioners that have an interest in learning about developing highly effective teams and strategies for responding to natural disasters and catastrophic events requiring a built environment as part of the disaster response. This will focus heavily on healthcare architects and engineers but is transferrable to other design specialties.


    Paul Widlarz, AIA
    Paul Widlarz is Vice President and Healthcare Principal at HGA where he specializes in healthcare planning and project management for inpatient and outpatient facilities. As the Healthcare Practice Group Leader for the Milwaukee Office, Paul has an in‐depth understanding of the dynamic demands of the healthcare market. Paul is dedicated to the Triple Aim in Healthcare: Human Experience, Clinical Outcomes, and Operational Efficiencies. His approach is driven by collaboration and innovation, which emphasizes the value of developing a deep understanding of a client's organization, culture, and mission as the basis for high‐performing solutions that promote healing.

    Cory Powers, CPD
    Cory Powers is a Principal and Project Manager in HGA’s Energy and Infrastructure group. As a project manager Cory specializes in leading MEP teams for healthcare, school, public and corporate buildings. Cory collaborates with clients throughout a project from inception through completion, helping select the most appropriate and efficient systems for their facilities. He focuses on sustainable outcomes, researching and analyzing available and new technologies that provide energy‐efficient, long‐lasting, and cost‐effective solutions. Cory is also an Adjunct professor at Milwaukee School of Engineering and an active at member in the local Lean Construction Institute.

    Adam Jelen
    As Senior Vice President, Adam Jelen leads Gilbane’s Central Midwest division and is responsible for offices in Milwaukee, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Detroit, Toledo and Indiana. With over 29 years of experience, Adam is a construction industry veteran with a deep passion for inspiring others to achieve their personal best (dreams) and advancing the industry with continuous elevation of project delivery. A forward‐thinking leader, Adam creates world‐class facilities, while moving our communities forward and Building More Than Buildings. Adam is passionate about giving back to the local community through building sustainable capacity in youth, business and workforce.member in the local Lean Construction Institute.

    Lynn Ewing, PE
    Lynn Ewing has over 30 years of construction management experience working for the Chicago and Nashville District Corps of Engineers since 1992. Her experience includes Chicago Shoreline construction, riverbank construction along Nippersink Creek and Morton Arboretum, dredging contracts, levee construction, dam removal, VA Renovation in Madison and Milwaukee, contracts at the Chicago Lock, Arlington Heights ARC, and Milwaukee Alternate Care Facility. Previously, Ms. Ewing was a Captain in the U.S. Army serving in Baumholder, Germany, Ft. Hood, Texas, and in the first Gulf War building roads to Iraq. Ms. Ewing has a BS in Civil Engineering from SDSM&T.
    Alexander Chaconas
    Specialist, Knowledge Communities
    The American Institute of Architects
    Washington DC
    Safety Assessment Program Evaluator Training 2023, December 6 and 7. Earn 6.5 LUs HSW