Joshua A. Theodore
Principal – Health Industries
At companies around the globe, open work environments have been tried and tested, and in some industries shown to increase staff productivity---and save companies considerable money in real estate and operational overhead costs. With this trend, there is a growing interest for hospitals, most especially research hospitals to transform their customary workspaces into modern and open work environments. However, is this design model the ideal setting for all staff, clinicians, and researchers? If a work space is going to be open, then designers have found that private work areas must also be offered, so when needed, individuals may have private time, and/or smaller private areas that can be utilized for group meetings, conference calls, et cetera.
In this workshop, we will examine:
Popular design layouts that have been utilized by work forces thus far, as well as layouts of the future----and the productivity, emotional, and team results of said spaces
How to design an open work station that is multi-functional, transformational, and truly connected to the necessary work departments and technologies to be a productive work space for all parties involved
How to measure, track, and benchmark a variety of design layout options, as well as your own open work space---so to ensure they meet your project’s intended goals
The U.S. Department of Defense, Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN), and the V.A. Healthcare System have hundreds of hospitals and outpatient centers under their domain. In this session, we will examine how these government agencies manages their design & build projects---and collaborate with private sector design firms and vendors to meet their current and growing needs.
In this session, we will explore:
How to effectively collaborate between a vast system of national facilities
Retro-fits, expansions, and outpatient centers in the works