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Monday, December 6, 2021  |  11:15 AM - 12:15 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Tackling Everyday ICU design while preparing for infectious disease needs

Kirsten Miller
Architect, GBBN Architects
Angela Powell, PE, MBA, PMP
Interim Director Facilities Planning & Development, UK Healthcare
Stephanie Shroyer
Associate, Interior Designer, GBBN

Last year saw healthcare organizations adopting a wide array of spatial strategies to combat a quickly evolving pandemic. As we turn the corner on COVID-19, it’s important to understand what worked and what didn’t. This presentation will share a playbook of best design practices for advancing ICU staff and patient safety. Though varied, its design solutions stress flexibility for daily use and future pandemic situations. We will review design guidelines from several infectious disease units and healthcare systems, and discuss the contexts that shaped these responses, including business and operational considerations and impacts of similar units. Attendees will learn how the meta-analysis impacted different design solutions for daily use on units that can be adaptable in the future. Finally, we will share how this research informed the design of University of Kentucky’s current ICU expansion – particularly, though not limited to, its stress on flexibility as a main strategy.


1. Use the planning playbook to implement design strategies that will enable your organization to maintain its daily business and care model 
2. Identify tangible design solutions arising from multiple case studies that can apply to future projects at multiple scales
3. Evaluate the effectiveness of evidence-based design solutions in light of the specific contexts in which they could be deployed
4. Explore the generated design guidelines that apply to new buildings or renovations

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