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Questions to ask for a correctional health project?

  • 1.  Questions to ask for a correctional health project?

    Posted 09-06-2018 18:11

    When designing a correctional health project, what question(s) have you found essential to ask your clients?


    Myself, I have one question that I ask my correctional clients every time I start a project. It sounds like simple semantics, but depending on how they answer the question, it can drive completely different facilities. The question is, "Is it a hospital that has security, or a prison that has healthcare?"


    I'd love to hear what other architects are asking, especially if it can really shift your understanding of what the client needs/wants. What's your question?

    David Redemske
    HDR Architecture
    Chicago IL

  • 2.  RE: Questions to ask for a correctional health project?

    Posted 09-07-2018 19:33
    What a great question David.  When i entered the CDCR RJ Donovan project in San Diego based on HDR bridging documents, I spent nearly a year preparation in preparing to be the owner's onsite rep.  RJD is designed as a dorm style housing facility for non-medical behavioral health inmates - a prison with healthcare.  It is a softer gentler type facility that should be look at in another year to confirm its precepts of design are functioning.

    Tom Bast AIA ACHA
    Senior Project Manager
    Vanir Construction Management, Inc.
    Tucson AZ

  • 3.  RE: Questions to ask for a correctional health project?

    Posted 09-08-2018 01:59
    My specialty is healthcare design rather than correctional facilities.  One of my questions for either facility type would be "Have you considered R-Water for cleaning?"  This is an amazing new product installed in housekeeping closets, developed originally for prisons and now expanding to healthcare use.

    Marjorie Serrano, RN, AIA, EDAC
    Health Environment Innovations
    Dallas, TX