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AHC Spring 2022: Transitioning Care Delivery and Design

The AIA AHC Spring Conference is a lively, day-long interdisciplinary gathering devoted to emerging trends in healthcare delivery, design, and construction in the Pacific Northwest. This May we will explore emerging opportunities and challenges faced by our clients.  We will identify strategies to transition past thinking into new methods rooted in evidence and value that are directly tied to the populations served.

Behaviors, socioeconomic factors, and the physical environment account for 80% of health. How can we help our clients transform healthcare for better outcomes and improved experiences for patients, families, and staff?  How can we rethink project delivery from architectural design to final turnover from contractor to care team? When we shift our thinking from treating sickness to enhancing well-being, how will solutions that are equitable, sustainable, and thoughtful emerge?  We welcome you to join us in the conversation.


Registration for this program is now closed.

This live, in-person program will follow all relevant public health guidelines for Portland and Multnomah County. Details to be confirmed closer to the event and sent to all registrants, and may include required proof of vaccination/recent negative PCR test, and/or masking to enter. Our venue is fully accessible, with zero-step entry and an onsite accessible restroom. Please note in your registration if you would like to be contacted about specific accommodations to fully participate in the program, including but not limited to sign language interpretation.

This program is presented by AIA Seattle’s Architecture for Health Committee. Please contact Connor Descheemaker with any questions or concerns.


  • 8:30 – 8:45 AM Registration & Networking
    Coffee & Light Refreshments
  • 8:45 – 9:00 AM Event Introduction
    Jenny Cestnik, AHC
    Melissa Neher, AIA Seattle
  • 9:00 – 10:00 AM On Population Health
    James Harker, Chief Population Health Officer
    Providence Health & Service
  • 10:00 – 10:50 AM Alternative Project Delivery Panel
    Introduced by Sellen Construction
    Molly Wolf, Moderator
    Senior Associate, Market Leader, Healthcare Director, NBBJ
    Ian Bowen, Senior Director of Capital Projects, JLL/Kaiser
    Brent Wilcox, Director, OAC Services
    Ed Trotter, Senior Construction Project Manager, OHSU
  • 10:50 – 11:00 AM Break
  • 11:00 – 12:00 PM Case Studies: Opening & Planning Lessons Learned from Three Hospitals during COVID
    Teri Oelrich, Partner, NBBJ
  • 12:00 – 12:15 PM OSHE Update and AHC Announcements
    Dan Callahan, OSHE
    Jenny Cestnik, AHC
  • 12:15 – 1:00 PM Lunch
  • 1:00 – 2:00 PM Pre-Tour Presentation
    Introduced by: Stantec
    Michael Great, Design Director, Ankrom Moisan
    Erin Couch, Architectural Standards & Design Director, RESO,
    Trent Rehfeldt, Market Executive, Mortenson
  • 2:00 – 2:30 PM Travel Time
  • 2:30 – 4:00 PM Project Tour
    Providence Reed’s Crossing

Programming and speakers subject to change.


  • Explain the principles of population health management including details on how health care providers are working to manage chronic conditions, improve quality care and patient safety.  Explore how public health policies are working to improve public welfare.
  • Identify opportunities and explore current best practices to protect occupant safety during the transition from construction to operation including infection control implementation and staff equipment and process training.
  • Explore how a recently built community wellness center integrates healthcare services and wellness focused program to  improve care access to the local community.  Understand how the intentional co-location of health and wellness services prioritizes safety and health, and creates enhanced engagement for the dedicated care team through design including ample space for collaboration, respite amenities, natural light, and adaptable exam rooms with ability to adapt care delivery over time.
  • Discuss multiple healthcare organizations approach and methods to alternative project delivery and how early and ongoing synergy between owner, architect and contractor enable innovations in equitable and accessible design, efficient infrastructure, and LEAN operations that promote patient and staff safety.



Includes 6 LU | HSW and a catered lunch. Vegan and gluten-free options will be available.

$110.00 AIA Member
$60.00 Associate
$30.00 Emeritus/Retirees
$175.00 Non-Member

Reduced rate options are available. Please submit the Continuing Education Scholarship / Reduced Rate Request form via email by Friday, April 29, 5:00pm PT.



Join the Architecture for Health Committee!

The Architecture for Health Committee (AHC) is a Pacific Northwest committee of individuals who are interested in healthcare architecture and the effort to improve the quality of planning, operation, design and construction of health care facilities. The diverse membership brings together architects and related disciplines interested in the development and practice of design excellence three times per year for a day of sessions and tours.

Check out AIA Seattle’s other Profession and Member Committees to participate in programs, events, and forward-thinking conversations.

Registration or Credit Questions?
Contact AIA Member Engagement Manager Connor Descheemaker.

Sponsorship Questions?
Contact AIA Associate Director of Growth & Operations Kristen Lound.


May 6, 2022
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
Event Price
Class Credit


AIA Seattle
(206) 448-4938


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