The 12 women who made AZRE’s Most Influential Women in Commercial Real Estate list are an extraordinary bunch. While that seems implied in the recognition, it’s something that goes beyond their professional achievements. Many of these women have held minimum wage jobs, slowly working through the ranks to a C-suite. A few have known the struggles of being a single parent and what it’s like to be the only female voice in a boardroom. All of these women are active in their communities and industry organizations. And, all of them are changing the Arizona landscape one deal, drawing and deadline at a time.
Contrasting ideas can create tension, but are necessary when it comes to successful development projects.
That is the theme for the next ULI Arizona main program, titled “Design and Development – Two Perspectives,” the first joint event with AIA Phoenix Metro.
The program is scheduled for June 3 at the Montelucia Resort, 4949 E. Lincoln Drive in Paradise Valley. Registration begins at 2:30 p.m. The program is from 3-5 p.m. with a networking reception to follow.
The industry wants to build healthy, financially sound, and sustainable environments for the generations to follow. But definitions of success and professional perspectives can vary. Is it possible not only to reconcile contrasting visions, but to find new opportunities for collaboration in the process? The answer is yes.
Confirmed speakers include moderator Wellington “Duke” Reiter, FAIA, Chair, ULI Arizona District Council; Martha Abbott, LEED AP bd +c, Principal and Studio Leader, SmithGroupJJR; Paul Blue, Director, Community and Economic Development Department, City of Phoenix; Community and Lifestyle Studio Director, Gensler; Andy Byrnes, Owner, The Construction Zone. Ltd.; Wendell Burnette, AIA, Architect, Wendell Burnette Architects; Mike Ebert, Managing Partner, RED Development; Dave Elrod, Regional Manager, DPR Construction; John Graham, President and CEO, Sunbelt Holdings; and Karrin Taylor, Executive Vice President and Chief Entitlements Officer, DMB Associates.
Westlake Reed Leskosky promotes the following individuals in recognition of their design and technical excellence and superior execution that enhance the firm’s fully integrated design services and thought leadership:
Peter W. Rutti, AIA
Peter is Principal, Director of Design and Phoenix Studio Director of Westlake Reed Leskosky.
He advances the Phoenix design studio culture and portfolio by fostering collaboration within the design team and creating inspiring design solutions. Over the last decade he has led and coordinated design teams for some of the most complex high profile performing arts centers in the United States. Peter understands how to build cultural arts facilities, what makes them resonate with their audiences and how they can contribute to the economic development of their communities.
Peter’s recent work includes the design of the renovation and expansion of the Avalon Theater of Grand Junction, Colorado, transforming the 1923 historic Vaudeville playhouse into a vibrant multi-venue regional center for the arts as a new anchor for downtown redevelopment and social engagement. Peter’s experience designing buildings that help to revitalize and activate their surroundings has become a significant approach to the Phoenix studio’s focus and work. He is also leading the design of a new performing arts school on the campus of the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor in Belton, Texas, as well as designing cultural arts projects in Beijing and Shanghai.
Peter extends his commitment to design excellence through his involvement in the progressive development of the architectural community. He is an Adjunct Professor at the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts where he teaches a graduate level Comprehensive Design Studio focused on the design of performance and cultural centers. Peter is also a visiting critic at the UCLA School of Architecture & Urban Design and College of Architecture + Planning + Landscape Architecture at the University of Arizona.
A board member of the Arizona Citizens for the Arts and a member of the American Institute of Architects, Peter received his Master of Architecture from the University of California LA in 2001 and his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Arizona in 1995.
David M. Combs, AIA
David Combs is Associate Principal and Project Director of the Phoenix Studio of Westlake Reed Leskosky.
David applies his diverse professional experience spanning the entire spectrum of the design and construction industry, and ensures design and technical excellence for complex projects. His current work includes a cultural arts project in Gabon, Africa, and healthcare facilities for the Veterans Administration, Arizona and California.
David’s focus includes LEED certified and sustainable medical research facilities for premier clients in both the public and private sectors. He also contributes his experience in multiple building types including restoration and adaptive reuse facilities. As a project director, David has successfully taken projects from schematic design to completion while maintaining a successful working relationship with clients, contractors, and consultants. David received his Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Environmental Science from Ball State University in 2003.
DLR Group announced today that Charles Dalluge, Associate AIA, has joined the firm as president and chief operating officer. He will be part of the firm’s executive leadership team and responsible for leading and managing operations in DLR Group offices across the United States and internationally. The firm currently serves clients from 19 U.S. locations and in Shanghai. Dalluge was formerly executive vice president of Leo A Daly.
“I am excited to add Charles to the DLR Group leadership team. He is an accomplished and respected leader in the design industry. He adds a diverse base of experience with domestic and international partners and clients that complement DLR Group’s growth strategies,” said DLR Group Chief Executive Officer Griff Davenport, AIA. “His hands-on knowledge and experience in geographies and market sectors which are evolving at DLR Group make him a great addition to our leadership team.”
Dalluge is active with the American Institute of Architects’ Large Firm Roundtable, is a member of the Executive Board of the Design Futures Council, a member of the Society of Military Engineers, a member of the Design Build Institute of America, and on the University of Nebraska College of Architecture and University Foundation.
“I’ve watched with great interest as DLR Group evolved into a design firm that ARCHITECT magazine recognized as the No. 1 in the United States,” said Dalluge. “I believe in DLR Group’s listen.DESIGN.deliver approach to design, and the distributed leadership and employee-ownership model the firm has successfully evolved through the years. I look forward to partnering with Griff Davenport, the executive team, and all of the employee-owners to make DLR Group the most outstanding design firm in the industry.”
“Charles’ depth of experience includes stints in Hong Kong, Singapore, Hawaii, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C.,” said Davenport. “His experience managing projects and serving clients in the Middle East and Asia will enhance our growing global presence.”
Dalluge will be based in DLR Group’s Phoenix office.
Architect Marlene Imirzian, FAIA has been awarded Fellowship in the American Institute of Architects (AIA). Imirzian was honored for her design of places that promote the aesthetic, scientific, and practical efficiency of the profession, producing a distinguished body of work through design. Herfinely considered and inventive buildings contribute to the regeneration of place. Imirzian’s design engages the public and the profession with work that re-establishes the connection between architectural beauty, excitement, and purpose.
Fellowship is one of the highest honors the American Institute of Architects can bestow upon a member. The AIA has over 80,000 members, of which only 3,000 members are distinguished by this honor. Elevation to fellowship not only recognizes the achievements of the architect as an individual, but also elevates before the public and the profession a model architect who has made a significant contribution to architecture and society.
Imirzian has received multiple design awards including AIA Arizona, AIA Western Mountain Region, and AIA Arizona Home of the Year. She has received four Crescordia awards for outstanding sustainable projects from the Valley Forward Environmental Excellence Awards.
Marlene Imirzian & Associates Architects was formed in 1995. The firm now has offices in Phoenix, Arizona and Escondido, California and works on a diverse range of projects types from commercial and residential to medical, higher education, civic, and historic preservation.
Phoenix-based architect Will Bruder, whose unique blending of space, materials and light is reflected in more than 700 projects around the world including the iconic Burton Barr Phoenix Central Library, Deer Valley Rock Arts Center and Nevada Museum of Art has been elected a Fellow of the American Institute of Architects (AIA).
Bruder was formally inducted into the prestigious College of Fellows with an FAIA in Design at the annual AIA conference in Denver. He is among 122 AIA members elected by a Jury of Fellows. Only 3,000 AIA members out of a membership of more than 80,000 have attained the distinction.
“Will approaches his work as a craftsman and continually strives for innovation, originality and authenticity,” wrote Tod Williams, FAIA, in his candidacy sponsorship letter. “Grounded by a deep respect for the specificity of people and place, Will’s buildings consistently respond to the site and user’s needs. The importance of scale and detail, the practical application of form, materiality and sense of place are paramount to his work.”
In a career approaching 50 years, Bruder “has built a beautiful body of work, from cabins to estates, places of worship, art museums, libraries and corporate headquarters,” Williams wrote. “Will’s passion and commitment to architecture are exemplary and his visionary practice is inspiring.”
“Earning recognition from the College of Fellows for a career that has been my passion, my commitment and my inspiration is a humbling honor,” Bruder said. “To be included among this group of architects with an incredibly rich legacy of innovation, origination and craftsmanship is overwhelming.”
Bruder, who launched Will Bruder Architects, LLC in 2012, is a self-educated architect with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in sculpture. After successfully passing his registration on the first try, he opened his studio in 1974. He counts Paolo Soleri, Bunnar Birkerts, Bruce Goff and Paul Schweikher, among an impressive group of mentors.
Throughout his career, Bruder mentored students and young architects and he has held more than a dozen professorships at, among other venues, MIT, Yale, University of Virginia, Tulane University, Portland State University and the University of Oregon.
His work and architectural legacy span the globe. He received the Rome Prize from the American Academy of Rome in 1987 and the Chrysler Design Award and The Academy of Arts and letters Award in 2000. Named Arizona AIA Architect of the Year in 2008, he also was named Arizona Educator of the Year in 1966 and was the 2004 Arizona Governor’s Arts Awards Artist of the Year.
“Will’s architecture is personal and richly expressive with powerful forms and spaces,” said Peter Q. Bolin of Bohlin, Cywinski Jackson in his letter of reference. “At the same time it is based on a very fine and discerning understanding of the fabric, materials and intelligently conceived structure that help make it truly notable.”
Competing teams of architectural, engineering and construction firms will both showcase their talents and feed the hungry when the CANstruction ® 2012 competition and judging takes place March 31 through April 7 at its new home, the Phoenix Convention Center’s West Building, 1003 N. 3rd St.
Now in its sixth year, the CANstruction competition will again benefit St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance and will be hosted by The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), Arizona chapter, under the auspices of the Society for Design Administration (SDA). The event has become one of the largest single-event donations for the Food Bank, with more than 56,000 cans used to construct incredibly imaginative designs last year, with all the non-perishable items used earmarked to help fill the more than 300,000 Emergency Food Boxes St. Mary’s distributes into the community annually.
The teams, which will include high school and college-aged design students working alongside some of the professional firms, have 12 hours to build their structures on the morning of Saturday, March 31 at the convention center. The completed structures will be on display for the public to see beginning March 31 and continuing through Friday April 6. During the exhibition, the public may cast their vote for the AIA Phoenix Metro People’s Choice Award and donate canned food to food drive boxes positioned around the exhibits.
Other awards will be given for Best Use of Labels, Best Meal, Structural Ingenuity and Jurors’ Favorite by a panel of judges. Winning teams will be publicly honored at an Awards & Networking Mixer on Tuesday, April 3. Winners from local competitions around the nation will compete in the national Canstruction competition through a slideshow photography submission.
“ CANstruction is a unique way to raise awareness and non-perishable items for the Food Bank,” said Terry Shannon, the St. Mary’s Food Bank Alliance President and CEO. “We are excited to be involved in the event for the sixth year and, as always, are very curious to see what kind of incredible structures will be created by these innovative minds.”
If you asked people how they envision a medical facility, most would respond with an image of large lobbies, endless hallways and patient rooms with a draft. However, ask an architect who specializes in medical design and the answer is quite different.
Healthy Implementation For The Healing Environment — with Medical Design
“For more than a decade, the healthcare industry has been borrowing design concepts as well as ideas regarding amenities from the hospitality market to create an inviting, healing environment,” says Mo Stein, FAIA, principal of HKS Inc. “The idea behind it is simple — hospitality equates to relaxation, comfort and convenience. Today’s sophisticated healthcare subscriber demands all of these elements.”
The first step in creating a healthy environment, says SmithGroup Phoenix’s Vice President Mark Patterson, AIA, is defining the facility’s users.
“We utilize elements of Evidence-Based Design to create environments that are therapeutic, supportive of family involvement, efficient for staff performance and restorative for workers under stress,” he says. “Because healthcare facilities can be stressful environments, it is important to design spaces that are comforting, as well as highly functional.”
Neil Terry, AIA, director of healthcare for Orcutt|Winslow, agrees that seeking and obtaining healthcare is often a stressful and traumatic experience, and that the environment is key to helping create a better patient experience.
“Creating a healing environment can be as simple as using materials and colors that promote a more familiar, home-like experience,” he notes. “It can include the use of elements that are known to be soothing to the human psyche. A healing garden with running water is a very effective approach; providing family space within the patient room, where they become part of the healing process as opposed to an intruder to the care giving.”
Principal Maha Abou-Haidar, AIA, of NTD Architecture adds that every healthcare environment needs access to natural light, the feeling of airiness and uplifting colors in interior schemes.
“Pleasant diversions are included to minimize the stress for those waiting, or for the professional staff who work in a high-stress environment,” she says. “(Additional) space is included to support the family-centered concepts, which provides the social support essential for healing and psychological well-being.”
Terry defines Evidence-based Design (EBD) as using practices in healthcare design that are proven to promote good outcomes in the healing process.
“Often these practices result in higher construction costs,” he says. “EBD was developed as a way of showing that the benefits of EBD outweigh the costs to implement them.”
Stein adds that designing a facility based upon EBD results in improved patient outcomes, staff and visitor satisfaction, and operational efficiency.
“By keeping abreast of current research, we always strive to infuse any healthcare facility with the latest methods for improving outcomes,” says Richard Beach, AIA, managing principal and lead medical planner for Gresham & Beach Architects. “This can be done through the use of appropriate lighting levels, flooring materials that are easier to navigate and not slippery, patient bed positioning for reduced travel distance to bathrooms, conveniently located hand-wash sinks that discourage the spread of infection, etc.”
Abou-Haidar adds that several EBD projects the company has completed have reported a beneficial impact on several organizational and human variables, including incremental changes in market share; satisfaction level of patients, staff and physicians; retention and turnover rates of nursing staff; and labor costs per patient encounters.
Building Information Modeling (BIM)
“We think of research facilities as highly sophisticated machines that are driven by complex mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems,” says Mark Kranz, AIA, principal of SmithGroup Phoenix. “The BIM process allows us to be miles ahead of the curve in terms of coordination and collaboration with contractors and subcontractors.”
Stein adds that new technology is taking the integrated approach to an entirely new level.
“BIM allows architects to explore complex architectural geometry with a realistic and intelligent model, which is seamlessly integrated with construction documents,” he says.
According to Patterson, the BIM process reflects the way architects really work.
“We think graphically in three dimensions and BIM facilitates communication with our clients, helping to express our three dimensional concepts and designs more accurately,” he says.
Terry adds that with BIM’s 3D modeling, a change to the floor plan automatically alters the elevations, enabling designers to see when conflicts occur and correct the design. The design tool also allows architects to see when systems collide with each other, which helps in correcting a problem before the project gets to the construction phase.
“We also use BIM to allow the user to see spaces in virtual reality,” Terry notes. “This is important for having the user help us in determining the proper placement of medical gases and other equipment, so they can be where they are most effective to the care giver.”
Healthcare Design Challenges
Each medical facility type has its own unique challenges, with hospitals being the most challenging because of all the different elements that go into them, Terry says.
“Components range in complexity from the hospital administration to heart transplant surgical suites, each with its own unique requirements,” he explains. “Hospital design can be compared to conducting a 150-piece orchestra as opposed to a medical office suite, which is like leading a musical quartet. The ‘conductor’ must know how to design each specific area, and be able to coordinate all the systems that go into that area, times the number of areas that need to be designed.”
Adding renovations to an existing medical facility creates an even bigger design challenge. Renovations and expansion projects offer major challenges compared to new construction.
“Older systems may need to be connected to new systems, and that offers a unique set of challenges,” Abou-Haidar notes. “Additional issues include the possible presence of asbestos and lead paint, parking deficiencies, dust control, noise, as well as other issues. All of these are causing many institutions to construct replacement facilities with the latest technology systems and consumer-focused amenities.”
In the 25 years Gresham & Beach Architects has been designing healthcare facilities, Beach says it has encountered many “tough” design challenges. Two specific projects Beach remembers involved significant expansions to the existing building, along with extensive renovations and remodeling within occupied space.
“Each required multiple construction phases, maintaining the operations of the hospital during construction and careful planning to maintain infection control,” he says.
Solutions Beach observed through these challenges included documenting and thoroughly understanding the processes used by the medical staff; developing a logical approach to solving space problems; establishing priorities for phasing the design and construction; and empowering a user/facilities/design/builder team to identify issues and resolve conflicts before they became insurmountable.
Another solution, as it relates to upgrading a healthcare facility’s technology, is careful integrated design and early involvement of the contractor through the design assist process, Abou-Haidar says. Taking these steps has allowed her company to turn these types of challenges into opportunities.
Collaboration is a key element of project success, Patterson says. It’s important to strive to develop a true understanding of where each stakeholder’s expectations lie and where those expectations originate, he adds.
“For example, when planning a surgery suite, we interview surgeons, nurses, patients, house keeping staff, etc., to understand how they intend to use the facility and how the design of that facility affects their individual function,” Patterson says. “The most fulfilling part of our job is finding that we were in some way able to help implement a more effective or agreeable way for stakeholders to interact with the space and one another.”
Successful projects, Stein says, are the result of a high degree of involvement by the client at each stage of project development.
“We encourage consensus building among the users and other concerned groups in the design process,” he says. “We accomplish this through active discussion and work sessions with owner representatives and most essentially, users.”
Abou-Haidar points out that part of obtaining a healthy balance within the design of healthcare facilities includes incorporating and anticipating the ever-increasing level of computerization within the healthcare industry. Computerized healthcare programs include electronic medical records (EMR); computerized physician order entry (CPOE); point of service electronic documentation with hand-held devices or voice activated systems; digital imaging and archiving systems; wireless medical diagnostic and monitoring devices; nurse call systems that electronically track the nurses’ locations; and robotic systems for material management and distribution.
“All of these systems require a tremendous network fail-safe infrastructure, a data control center for centralized monitoring and multiple communication rooms to manage the structured cabling systems,” Abou-Haidar says.
Trends for Future Healthcare
“We’re seeing the rapid development of changing technology having the most significant impact on the design of research facilities,” Kranz says. “The other significant change we’re seeing is a transformation from the traditional biology or chemistry wet lab environments of the past to much more interdisciplinary and ‘drier’ research environments, where a significant portion of the research is more equipment- and computer-based, not necessarily requiring a wet bench environment. Bioinformatics, for example, is a bright new field that uses computers to store, search and characterize the genetic code of genes, the proteins linked to each gene and their associated functions.”
In terms of future trends, Patterson says one of the most exciting involved the integration of research and healthcare, which is known as translational care.
“This will mean that a patient’s course of treatment will be very customized for their individual genetic composition,” he says.
Another trend Patterson points out is the development of nanotechnologies that will support fewer and fewer invasive procedures.
“This, along with the advances of bio-interface application as seen in the development of smart prosthetics, are allowing individuals to not just live longer, but enjoy more active lives,” he says.
Beach notes that other upcoming trends for the medical field include continued reduction in patient lengths of stay; increased reliance on technology for procedures; and increased patient involvement in treatment alternatives and decision making.
“In the healthcare industry, the only thing safe to assume is that change will occur in the future,” Stein says. “The difficulty is in predicting what exactly it will be and when it will occur.”
Stein incorporates a look at several “megatrends” that are driving the accelerating rate of change in healthcare — rising public expectations, cost containment, advancing technology, computerization, communications, and telemedicine.
“Under this era of technology-intensive healthcare,” Stein says, “facilities must continue to balance high-tech with high-touch. Personal contact, caring service and genuine concern for patients should never be replaced by technology. In this new environment, facility design will become an important marketing tool. The creative architectural firm will be able to contribute to creating an environment that supports the strategic goals of the organization.”