Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Students Collaborate in Design Challenge during PDC Summit

Magazine article Health Facilities Management

Students Collaborate in Design Challenge during PDC Summit

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Nurses aren't known for using Bluebeam software and construction managers aren't expected to diagram hospital workflows, but that is just the kind of collaboration encouraged among students who attended the International Summit & Exhibition on Health Facility Planning, Design & Construction (PDC) in Nashville, Tenn., in March.

Architecture, engineering, construction management and nursing students from five universities were separated into four teams with each discipline represented for this year's American Institute of Architects (AIA) Academy of Architecture for Health PDC Student Challenge.

John Kreidich, AIA, CHC, LEED AP B+C, health care services manager at McCarthy Building Cos. Inc., says the teams were tasked with developing plans for a neighborhood hospital in the Gulch, one of Nashville's up-and-coming neighborhoods. The teams visited a real site, and were given site specifications and project goals. They had 48 hours to create a total program from concept to delivery and were judged on their execution. Team 3--comprising Stephanie Helmberger, Caitlyn Smith, Randi McElhaney, Rachel Kennedy and Tyler Elf--was the winner. …

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