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REMINDER: Join us on 7/11/2023 for a live webinar on: Future-Proofing Emergency Departments: Adaptable Environments for Supporting Community Crises

  • 1.  REMINDER: Join us on 7/11/2023 for a live webinar on: Future-Proofing Emergency Departments: Adaptable Environments for Supporting Community Crises

    Posted 07-07-2023 09:01 AM

    Earn 1 AIA LU/HSW | Tuesday, July 11, 2023 | 2-3 pm ET

    Future-Proofing Emergency Departments: Adaptable Environments for Supporting Community Crises


    Emergency Departments (ED) can be instantaneously overwhelmed, requiring resilient, adaptable, and flexible solutions of the built environment. Like many healthcare organizations, UC Health, an academic medical organization located in Cincinnati, Ohio, experienced major space challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic on-set and peak. This scenario, and others that ED's are faced with, can be better supported by innovative uses of non-clinical environments on campus. In this presentation, we will demonstrate solutions applied to an adjacent space to the renovated ED at University of Cincinnati Medical Center that provides added social distanced seating for the entire campus, accommodates separate entries to avoid cross-contaminating infectious and non-infectious presenters, activates additional patient care environments supporting the ED proper, and integrates security and safety measures for all in high-stress, potentially dangerous situations. UC Health has received congressional funding for this project through the CARES (Coronavirus, Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act as it will benefit the readiness of the only Level 1 Trauma Center in Cincinnati to better serve the community with a future-proof, resilient facility. Upon completion, the space activation methodologies will be folded into regional readiness training for emergency scenarios and serve as an example of the future of Level 1 Trauma Centers.

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

    Learning Objectives:

    • Learn the beneficial ways that a flexible space adjacent to the Emergency Department can future-proof for emergency situations at a Level 1 Trauma Center.
    • Understand how to meet programmatic needs of multiple uses while achieving safety requirements set forth by local and national Authority Having Jurisdictions (AHJs).
    • Explore how to engage various stakeholders in the development of a unique space type with flexible functionality, that addresses the health and safety of patients, care providers and the general public.
    • Learn innovative materiality and building system solutions to support the operational and safety goals and priorities of the project.


    Robert Feldbauer, DBA, FACHE

    System Vice President for Facilities, Construction and Real Estate | UC Health

    Ellen Leise, MHA, NCIDQ, EDAC

    Senior Healthcare Interiors Planner | CannonDesign

    Brian Silva, AIA, NCARB, CLGB

    Vice President | CannonDesign


    Michelle Yates

    Business Development Director | Landco Construction


    Thomas Bahr
    Project Architect
    Saint Louis, MO
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