Webinar: The Big 5: Healthcare Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future

When:  Apr 14, 2020 from 02:00 PM to 03:00 PM (ET)

Webinar: The Big 5: Healthcare Design Strategies for an Adaptable Future

This webinar is sponsored by the Academy of Architecture for Health (AAH).

Participants will will earn 1 AIA HSW/LU.


How can we design healthcare buildings to be flexible in the face of uncertainty? This session addresses trends in patient-centered care and technology that drive the need for flexibility. We dive into “the big 5” design decisions that provide adaptability in an ever-changing healthcare landscape.

1. Floor to floor heights that support state-of-the-art and state-of-the-future technology.
2. Column spacing with contiguous floor area allowing changes of use over time.
3. Locations and capacities of fixed vertical elements and the impact of utilizing edges versus centers.
4. Targeted zones of flexibility to pre-invest strategically and avoid oversizing.
5. Resiliency measures that conceive of healthcare facilities as part of our national infrastructure.

Specific examples from award-winning healthcare projects peel away design layers to reveal a variety of ways these often un-seen yet fundamental decisions are applied. Examples include a candid look at renovation regrets, renovation successes, and new construction.


After participating in this webinar attendees will:
1. Explore the constant state of change in healthcare facilities and the impact on design.

2. Identify and understand the impact of 5 planning strategies on a healthcare facility’s adaptable future:
  • floor to floor heights
  • column spacing
  • fixed vertical elements
  • targeted zones of flexibility
  • resiliency 

3. Apply the concept of targeted zones of flexibility in projects

4. Identify building resiliency measures that conceive of healthcare facilities as part of our national infrastructure.




This session is part of the HC 101 Series by the Academy of Architecture for Health. The web-based 60-minute seminars are tailored to provide budding healthcare design professionals with conceptual and practical primer-level knowledge.


Louis A. Meilink, Jr., FAIA, FACHA, ACHE
A Senior Principal at Ballinger, Louis Meilink has developed a national practice focused on programming, planning, and design of health facilities. For the last 25 years, his design solutions have helped shape the future of healthcare at academic medical centers, regional and community hospitals and healthcare delivery systems. He works closely with these clients to develop facility solutions and translate highly complex project concepts into simple terms. Lou’s orientation toward client service and delivery of high-quality, cost-effective projects has brought him recognition from both healthcare institutions as well as his peers.

Erin Nunes Cooper, AIA, ACHA, LEED AP
Erin Nunes Cooper is Director of Project Management and Principal at Ballinger, specializing in healthcare planning and design. She brings high aspirations for the quality of the built environment and the patient, family, and care team experience. She has managed complex healthcare projects including NewYork-Presbyterian’s Ambulatory Care Center which is one of the largest healthcare projects in the country. Erin developed a formal process for guiding project stakeholders through decision-making using role-playing workshops with 3D-printed model pieces.


Gregg D. Ostrow, AIA
Gregg graduated Magna Cum Laude from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo with a Bachelor of Architecture degree in 1984 and became a licensed architect in 1987. From 1998 to 2008, Gregg was the Facility Architect for the St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho where he worked on over 400 health care projects ranging from Medical Imaging Equipment Replacement projects to Master Planning Regional Healthcare Campuses. Since then he has been consulting for the local hospital systems and has served on the Board of the Idaho Society of
Healthcare Engineers.