By: Parini Mehta
CO Architects recently presented at the Healthcare Design Conference in Houston, Texas. The conference was a whirlwind three days, spent with people from all over the country with a passion for healthcare design and architecture. The conference was an excellent opportunity to take a step back and look at the bigger picture of the work we do at CO. Here’s my short list of the conference highlights:
It was wonderful to see CO Principal Tom Chessum present our work at Kaiser Permanente San Diego. Tom presented to a standing-room only audience eager to learn about cutting-edge innovations in patient and staff safety, efficiencies in operations, and caregiver collaboration.
Hilary Tarazi, our client at UC San Diego, presented our Outpatient Pavilion project with Gina Chang and Kevin McCausland from CO. Hilary spoke about using operational analytics and realistic utilization strategies to determine program locations for both new and existing facilities. Gina and Kevin explained how the analytics informed the medical planning and architecture.
There was ample time and space for attendees to engage with each other during the conference. The CO Architects booth was a great place to chat with attendees between sessions. In addition, there was a welcome reception in the expo hall and a networking reception at the Houston Astros’ stadium.
The keynote speaker, Doctor Gurpreet Dhaliwal of UCSF School of Medicine, addressed diagnostic challenges in a new era of Health IT. He was funny, engaging and inspirational, and his talk was a great way to kick off the three-day conference. From 3D printing technology to labor and delivery unit design, the sessions left me invigorated and motivated; I was excited to return to work and share my insights with other CO-workers.
I was fortunate to spend a day exploring Houston and its urban/suburban fabric. It was fun to check out the notable local architecture: the Menil Collection designed by Renzo Piano, the Brochstein Pavilion by Thomas Phifer, and James Turrell’s Twilight Epiphany Skyspace on Rice University’s Campus.