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Wednesday, September 28, 2022  |  3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Open to Conference Attendees Only

Pandemic Planning: An Evidence-Based Process to Design for the Future

Rebecca Sommer
Senior Associate, CannonDesign
Vice President, McCarthy Building Companies, Inc.
Donna Ware AIA
Executive Director, Planning and Design, BJC HealthCare
Craig Webster, PE, LEED AP BD&C
Managing Principal, BR+A Consulting Engineers

As COVID-19 spread through the United States in the Spring of 2020, BJC HealthCare was in the early stages of design for a new 280-bed patient tower. BJC was able to turn this into a unique opportunity to pause and reflect on the current design and implications of a pandemic on the built environment. Together with BJC, the Design Build Team formed an evidence-based process by which they could collect data, garner input, vet ideas and prioritize potential design changes. While thinking of a future changed by the sudden crisis a myriad of solutions were brought forward. This presentation covers how the design-build process aided in the evaluation of these ideas. Bringing together perspectives from the client, builder, engineer, and architect we will study the solutions conceived and explore how they were prioritized within an identified budget and construction schedule. Finally, we will share how the outcomes from this exercise are being implemented throughout the BJC HealthCare system.

1: Learn how to design a process to identify a problem, generate options and establish criteria by which to evaluate the options and build consensus
2: Study the evidence-based approach used to research industry trends, gather data, document lessons learned and ideate to respond to an ongoing pandemic
3: Understand how the team approach of the design build process was integral in the success of the ideation, approval, and implementation process
4: Evaluate the architectural and MEP solutions implemented on this project and how they are used to create new design standards for the organization
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