Imagining the Future of Outpatient Healthcare
Next generation healthcare in the United States is about wellness. As creators of healthcare environments, we’re reimagining the kind of environments that support wellness – making places people want to be, and creating opportunities for healthy, vigorous, integrated care in environments that tie into and support the social fabric of our lives.
The Affordable Care Act implements changes to reimbursement models that encourage providers to find ways to keep their care populations healthy. We think our team has something special to offer our healthcare clients as they think about how to do that.
Coming on two years ago, K|M+A and M+A embarked on a journey of collaboration – one that we think will be a huge benefit to our healthcare clients in today’s changing healthcare marketplace.
What creative new paradigms might come of pairing experienced healthcare architects with the creative energy behind Easton Town Center? How can we use retail, hospitality and restaurant environments to inform us about places people look upon as desirable destinations? Places where social connections are nurtured and built around healthy, vigorous life habits? How do we help people integrate care for their health into their everyday lives AND have those experiences be enjoyable?
More recently, what can the health-conscious workplace environment that is the new Bob Evans Farms Corporate Campus teach us about how to make better healthcare workplaces? Hospital campuses may be places patients come for care, but they are also where physicians, nurses, administrators and a myriad of other providers and support staff come to work. Shouldn’t healthcare workplace environments be the healthiest of all workplaces?
Recognizing how much our collaboration has to offer our healthcare clients going forward, in 2014 we are going for simplicity. K|M+A Healthcare Studio staff will remain a specialty studio within M+A, but in recognition of the strength of our combined resources, we are moving forward together under a single name – M+A Architects.
Let us share with you our vision for the next generation of healthcare architecture.
Ohio Schools’ Energy Stats Challenge LEED Debate
M+A was recently recognized for our work on Columbus City School’s Georgian Heights Elementary School at a celebration for Ohio’s first 100 LEED certified schools. We are thrilled to be a part of this progressive time for Ohio as it is recognized to be a front runner for designing schools that are, on average, are 35% more energy efficient, use 37% less potable water, and have diverted over 188,000 tons of construction waste from landfills. These are not general statistics from USGBC, these are hard numbers gathered from these real projects. We’ve all experienced how determined school districts are in raising money to maintain their facilities, which is necessary in order to provide an education that prepares students for success in our global community. Its a great service to have these facts gathered and exciting to see they validate how our tax dollars are responsibly being used for facilities construction and maintenance. What will be even more exciting (and no doubt more difficult to gather) is, as these buildings are occupied for education purposes, metrics on the quality of education a student receives in a better lit and healthier building compared to buildings designed under no such standard.
Recently our industry has been actively participating in conversations regarding the validity of LEED, and with perspectives from both sides of the argument. One positive characteristic of LEED is it provides us a framework for metrics to study the effectiveness of our designs. Without a rating system identifying design baselines, it is increasingly challenging to study the effectiveness. LEED certified schools in Ohio have provided us with a respectfully large data set to be studied and analyzed in determining whether LEED is worth the effort and expense. The regional USGBC chapters are currently in the process of gathering this information now.
Today, LEED’s validity as a system for improving a building’s bottom line is under refute in the State Senate. There is a resolution being considered in our Ohio government, literally as I write this, that could impact the future LEED certifications of taxpayer funded school projects. It’s fascinating there is not more opposition to this resolution given the current trends toward government spending transparency. The rating system is not perfect of course, but that is why it is constantly under scrutiny to evolve and be updated – as we would expect from our basic building codes. It appears this is the underlying cause for the discussion in the Senate, and it is my hope Senators come to a realization and move the conversation outside of the proposed resolution. This would help against compromising the requirement to use the most comprehensive building rating system to holding our educators accountable for our tax dollars, and the health and education of future generations.
If you are interested in learning more and following along, there are countless posts (a few are following) online regarding the progress of Senate Concurrent Resolution 25 (SCR25). A quick Google search should get you going as well.
Miller Valentine Group Continues Ohio Development
M+A Architects, in collaboration with Miller Valentine Group out of Cincinnati, Ohio has been selected as the Architect for 6 different housing developments across Ohio. These project are all being submitted to the Ohio Housing Finance Agency (OHFA) to compete for Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) funds. The projects range in size and scope and include new-construction, adaptive reuse, and rehabilitation of existing housing units.
We are excited to continue our partnership working with Miller Valentine Group and hope that you enjoy some of the information about each of the projects.
Roosevelt Homes II
Roosevelt Homes II is the second phase of a single-family home scattered site infill project in Dayton, OH. The first phase of the project has been very instrumental in transforming a Dayton neighborhood in need and residents are excited about the quality of their new homes. The second phase will further support the neighborhood transformation.
For more information on Roosevelt Homes II, visit the facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/RooseveltHomesII
Whitehouse Square Townhomes
Located in the Village of Whitehouse which is southwest of Toledo, OH, this development will provide 54 units of affordable living to the community. Each unit contains an attached garage and there are 2 bedroom, 3 bedroom and 4 bedroom units included in the design.
For more information on Whitehouse Square Townhomes, visit the facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/WhitehouseSquareTownhomes
South Court Village Apartments
South Court Village is located in Medina, OH and is a senior development that like Whitehouse Square will also contain attached garages. As with all projects that go through LIHTC funding, this project will contain green / sustainability features as well as universal design features. Incorporating these into the design allows for housing that will stand the test of time.
For more information on South Court Village Apartments, visit the facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/southcourtvillage
Delaware Place II
Just like Roosevelt Homes, Delaware Place II is the second phase of a development that was recently completed this past year. Serving as the gateway to downtown Delaware, OH, the project sits at the previous site of the Delaware Hotel. This second phase includes 26 senior units and will continue to serve more area residents just as the first phase has been successful in provide affordable housing.
For more information on Delaware Place II, visit the facebook site at: www.facebook.com/DelawarePlaceII
Residences at Eagle’s Point
Eagle’s Point is one of those projects that is truly a labor of love and will transform an existing historic school into a shining beacon for the community. Until recently the building served as the High School for Eaton, OH. The project will take the existing structure and through an adaptive reuse will create new affordable units to support the community.
For more information on the Residences at Eagle’s Point, visit the facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/ResidencesAtEaglesPoint
Apartments at Deer Creek
The Apartments at Deer Creek is an existing development located in Delphos, OH which is near Lima in northwestern Ohio. This development will be transformed to provide enhanced amenities for each apartment. This includes: a master bedroom suite, new kitchens, and laundry hookups at each unit.
For more information on the Apartments at Deer Creek, visit the facebook site at: https://www.facebook.com/ApartmentsAtDeerCreek
Top 10 Things You Need to Know When Visiting Russia
In honor of the start of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia I had some of my coworkers here at M+A put together a list of the top ten things you need to know when visiting Russia. M+A has been doing work in Russia for five years now and we’ve learned a lot from our time there and from our Russian colleagues.
1. When invited to a Russian’s house be prepared to be fed very well and bring alcohol.
2. Find out where the party is and go to it.
3. Never stay sober when Russians are drinking.
4. Get to know Russian humor. It is a bit different from American.
5. When having conversations at a party – forget about political correctness. You will be expected to talk about politics, sex, and religion.
6. When talking about these issues don’t be positive – complain. Russians enjoy criticizing with the best.
7. Visit Saint Petersburg during the “white nights” (from May to July). This is the time when they have “endless days” – the sun never goes down.
8. Go to Bolshoi Theater. Russian Ballet is the best.
9. Russians share a lot of fun stories (anekdots). You can make good friends by having a few anekdots ready for any occasion.
10. While in Moscow visit the Moscow subway. Many stations are decorated with marble and precious stones like that in the Tsar’s palace.
For more fun tips on visiting the largest country in the world go here to find out the top ten things never to say or do in Russia.
Congratulations Ohio on 100 LEED Schools!
The four Ohio Chapters of the USGBC held an exciting ceremony in the Ohio Statehouse Atrium yesterday, December 10th, 2013, to celebrate the state’s 100 LEED certified schools! Representatives from USGBC National, USGBC Central Ohio Chapter, a local school district and the OFCC spoke passionately about the added educational value and energy efficiency the LEED certified schools incorporate.
Lisa Laney of the OFCC and board member of USGBC Central Ohio Chapter, shared several impressive statistics from the first 100 LEED certified schools. For instance, DID YOU KNOW…
1) Each school will save approximately $100,000 annually in operating expenses. Cumulatively, the 100 schools will save $10,000,0000 tax payer dollars annually across the state of Ohio
2) On average, the buildings are designed to save 35% energy and consume 37% less water over code requirements
3) Over 188,000 tons of construction waste was diverted from landfills across the state and 35% of the projects used materials from within a radius of 500 miles of the school
We at M+A are sharing in the excitement of Ohio reaching 100 LEED Schools not only because we are passionate about sustainable design and LEED initiatives but also because our Columbus City Schools’ project, Georgian Heights Elementary School recently received Gold Certification under the LEED 2009 for the Schools Rating System and was among Ohio’s first 100! Awesome!
The state of Ohio currently has over 300 schools registered or certified in the LEED rating system with more down the pipeline. Laney graciously thanked the Ohio legislature for making funding available to the OFCC to continue the powerful LEED Schools program. Want to know more? Check it out for yourself and visit the USGBC and OFCC’s websites to learn more about the green schools initiative.