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Tuesday, September 17, 2019  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Designing Furniture Standards for Sameness and Individuality

Edwin Beltran, NCIDQ, IIDA, Assoc. AIA
Design Principal, NBBJ
David Cozier PE
Vice President, Facilities & Construction, Mount Carmel Health
Karla Kaelin
Vice President Strategic Accounts, Herman Miller
Nicole Wood, LEED AP, CHID
Principal & Senior Interior Designer, Array Architects

When design firms are engaged on different campuses for the same healthcare client, priorities need to include open communication and a spirit of collaboration. System leadership needs to have a high level of confidence with the teams for a comprehensive set of furniture guidelines that will benefit not only new capital projects, but renovation and refresh of existing facilities as well. Mount Carmel Health System successfully engaged NBBJ and Array Architects in the design assist process. Through this multi-year endeavor, the teams learned best practices for sharing ideas, tools and technology. A guiding principle was to provide a sameness across the System’s furniture selection, while providing the opportunity for options and individuality. While parity across campuses was a priority, each campus also can customize their image inside the approved palette. The consumer’s perception of quality, comfort and access is paramount, but the team also provided each location their own voice.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn how to engage a health system in creating a toolkit of furniture and finishes to deploy across multiple facilities.
  2. Takeaway a how-to for creating a palette of material selections that allows each site to customize their facility while staying “on brand.”
  3. Learn how to leverage buying agreements and engage dealers and manufacturers in a design assist process.
  4. Learn how to create sameness without having to make everything look the same.
SESSION FOCUS AREAS: = Generative Space = NOAH