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Join us on 8/10/2022 on Adaptive reuse: Transforming big-box groceries into community outpatient health center

  • 1.  Join us on 8/10/2022 on Adaptive reuse: Transforming big-box groceries into community outpatient health center

    Posted 9 days ago

    Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW | Wednesday, August 10, 2022 | 2-3 pm ET

    Adaptive reuse: Transforming big-box groceries into community outpatient health center


    In the past decade, retail health has emerged as a popular model for bringing quality healthcare into American communities. As retailers go online, their former storefronts present opportunities for repurposing into outpatient health centers that are mutually beneficial to patients and healthcare institutions. Patient consumers can enjoy the convenience and customer experience of a retail facility located in their neighborhood while medical facilities can fulfill expansion plans with financially and environmentally efficient solutions. The adaptive reuse of big-box groceries, with their ample parking and strategic locations, has become a competitive iteration of retail health in an increasingly consumer-driven market.


    During this session, attendees will follow the development of Vanderbilt Health Belle Meade in Nashville, Tennessee and the BJC Outpatient Center in Edwardsville, Illinois from former grocery stores to new health centers. Though Vanderbilt Health Belle Meade is an ambulatory surgical center and the BJC Outpatient Center is a multi-specialty healthcare center, these two case studies will explore their opportunities, challenges, and outcomes in transforming former supermarkets into community based, outpatient health centers.


    Hosted by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Health an AIA Knowledge Community.

    Learning objectives

    • Identify key opportunities to successfully convert aged, retail buildings into viable health centers.
    • Learn the difference between an owner-led and a developer-led adaptive reuse project as they evaluate real estate opportunities for community based healthcare centers.
    • Understand how early determination of gaps in healthcare services can impact the facility's service lines and healthcare planning.
    • Discuss economic and environmental factors that can help owners realize financial opportunities and impact the future of healthcare delivery.



    Jason Fedak

    Director of Program Management | WMG Development, LLC

    Helen Mui


    Principal | Blair + Mui Dowd Architects

    Bobby Otten


    Executive Director | Office of Planning, Design and Construction at Vanderbilt University Medical Center


    Ganesh Sathyan


    Associate Principal | Lawrence Group


    Franklin Sears

    VP of Development, Design and Construction | The DESCO Group, Inc.


    Michelle Yates, CPSM, FSMPS, EDAC

    Business Development Director  |  Landco Construction




    Thomas Bahr
    Project Architect
    Saint Louis, MO
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