Healthcare Facilities Forum

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On October 4, the Healthcare Facilities Forum occurred once again, and once again, to a sold-out crowd. This conference serves many purposes, primarily to give architects and those in the design industry a comprehensive view of the latest trends and innovations happening within the field.

“Design has to take its cue from where the industry is headed, said committee member Gary Goldberg, AIA. “We always want to hear where the needs are from a design standpoint from those who work in the industry.” Which is why the speakers being not all architects. They are administrators, people who run the facilities and maintenance—in other words—those who stand on the proverbial frontline of the healthcare industry.

“It’s about keeping people healthy, not just about treating illness,” said Goldberg. Preventative medicine is a current trend, and design should be planned accordingly. Goldberg, who has more than 30 years in the healthcare design department, looks forward to not only assisting in planning the conference, but attending as well, so he can learn and hear what’s needed and what’s changing.

One of the highlights of this year was hearing from Jim Diaz, FAIA the recipient AIACC Lifetime Achievement Award for Healthcare Facility Design. He exceeded the expectation of many in the audience with his articulation of his history, of the healthcare design history he’s witnessed, and how the design is where it is now.

If you were not in attendance, then it is highly suggested you clear your calendar for next year’s. The date is to be determined, but will be announced early next year. For those of you who did attend and have comments, questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to any of the committee members. Their names and direct contact information were on the programs. They are looking for feedback, so do not be shy.


Shannon Calder

Shannon Calder, a Sacramento-based writer, joined the AIACC in 2013. She is the author of, “Jack and Abigail Make a Compass,” a novel about people, birds, and orchids. She spends her days both on and off hours, looking for connection, which is a good hobby to have when linking the value of design to public perception.

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